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BMW Motorrad CE 02 debuts in PH with P595,000 price tag

With 95km/h top speed and 95km of range

If you're going to commute, do it in style. PHOTO FROM BMW MOTORRAD

BMW Motorrad announced last year that the CE 02 would be available to order in select global markets, and now Filipinos with deep pockets can also avail of this P595,000 “eParkourer.”

Dubbed as such by its maker because they envision riders having a ball with it in the urban jungle, the CE 02 pairs an 11kW (15hp) motor with lithium-ion batteries and mounts these on a tubular steel frame with a single-sided swingarm and alloy disc wheels.

Admit it. You want one. PHOTO FROM BMW MOTORRAD.

As is usual for electric motorcycles, peak output isn’t earth-shaking, but the torque rating of 55Nm is slightly higher than a 400cc motorcycle, giving it instant and effortless acceleration until it hits its 95km/h top speed.

Two 48V, air-cooled, lithium-ion batteries each rated at 1.96kWh give up to 95km of range, cementing its mission as a city bike. A belt drive system transfers power from the motor to the back wheels.

It weighs 132kg and comes with a quick charger that plugs into standard wall outlets. A 0-100% charge is done in just 210 minutes, while 20-80% can be finished in 102 minutes. Bluetooth connectivity allows you to check on your bike’s charging status with your smartphone while you’re away from it.

Two lithium-ion batteries are stored under the seat. PHOTO FROM BMW MOTORRAD

The electronics pack includes front-wheel ABS, automatic stability control, recuperative stability control, a “reverse assistant,” and three riding modes. The latter is comprised of Flow, Surf, and Flash, each with specific settings for throttle response, power output, and regenerative braking.

A sliver of a TFT dash gives basic ride information. PHOTO FROM BMW MOTORRAD

Measuring 197cm with a 135cm wheelbase, the CE 02 is roughly on par with a small-frame scooter like the Vespa S150.

However, BMW has amped up its visual impact by way of fat tires (2.5 x 14-inch front, 3.5 x 14-inch rear), solid alloy disc wheels, gold stanchions for the USD fork, a beach cruiser-style bench seat, and a raised handlebar à la Honda Monkey. The rider can opt to rest his feet either on the standard foot pegs or further back on the pillion pegs.

It's a BMW, which means it gets a lot of standard tech.
Will this qualify for big-bike parking at the mall, or must you still rub elbows with the masses in the small-bike lot? PHOTOS FROM BMW MOTORRAD

LED headlights, a 3.5-inch TFT dash, and Keyless Ride are included for the steep price. A five-year/500,000km comprehensive warranty should serve to reassure apprehensive adopters.

Only one colorway (Cosmic Black) is offered for now. It’s now available to order at BMW Motorrad Philippines dealerships.

Andy Leuterio

Andy is both an avid cyclist and a car enthusiast who has finally made the shift to motorcycles. You've probably seen him on his bicycle or motorbike overtaking your crawling car. He is our motorcycle editor and the author of the ‘Quickshift’ column.