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The bike no rider will buy | NEWS

Not satisfied with trying to redefine its big-twins, BMW has done some blatant corporate boasting by releasing a video
of a self-riding R1200GS development mule.

If you’re wondering what the point of a riderless bike is, you’re not alone. But as well as being a display of BMW’s technological muscle it’s a useful engineering exercise.

Like Yamaha with its MotoBot, developing computer systems and control methods to ride a bike completely unassisted helps designers learn more about the dynamic subtleties of riding, while designing more effective riding aids. 

By Ben Purvis