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BMW Motorrad Vision DC Roadster is an all-electric thrill ride

Its boxer engine has been replaced with something much quieter.

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BMW Motorrad, the automaker's motorcycle division, unveiled the Vision DC Roadster concept on Tuesday.     

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The manufacturer did away with the Beemer's staple flat-two "boxer" gas engine and replaced it with an electric motor and battery.     

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Given the small nature of the electric motor, and the relatively not-small nature of the batteries required for decent range, BMW Motorrad shuffled things up a bit.     

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The battery is now where the boxer engine used to be, and the OEM did the best it could to arrange it so that it still bore a passing resemblance to an internal combustion engine.     

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The cooling elements are exposed and placed in the air stream to keep temperatures manageable.

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When the bike starts up, the cooling elements move outward.     

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See? It's slightly more protruded now.

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Instead of using a chain to drive the rear wheel, it uses a universal shaft.    

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Since there's no gas engine, that means there's no need for a gas tank, which means there's more space to get expressive with the design.     

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