The BMW C1 is a scooter incorporating some of the safety
features usually associated with a car. It is powered
by a 125 cc engine running through a variable transmission,
simply twist the throttle and go, no gear changes.
BMW C1 safety features include a front wheel guard which
acts as a impact absorbing bumper, and the driver/rider
is held in place by an x-shaped seat belt.
The BMW C1 was only manufactured for two years 2001-2002,
and was marketed for a European audience.
Interestingly, in 2009 BMW unveiled a conceptual successor
to the C1 with the C1-E
concept. It was basically a modern version of the
enclosed motorcycle, but the similarities were striking.
However instead of the original motorcycle's 125cc engine,
the C1-E was powered by a small electric motor.