Crashing a Scooter Into a Car

The C1 was BMW's answer to those office workers who wouldn't mess up their hairdos with a sweaty helmet. Its crash tests included a living dummy.

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Introduced in 2000, the C1 was an enclosed scooter built for BMW by Bertone. As far as scooters went, it wasn't a great one, but it allowed its drivers to commute without wearing a helmet. And for small group of people, sitting in a normal seat in a feet-forward position with no special gear in sight was well worth the trouble of coping with the C1's high center of gravity, disappointing power-to-weight ratio and shaky ride.

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BMW pulled the plug on its slow-selling loophole rider after just two years, but before it could do that, the C1 had to go through a thorough crash testing phase, addressing every concern that may have risen in its target demographic.

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The process even included a BMW employee dressing up as an office warrior, only to get pushed over. Not the best day at work.

That honest smile.
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It had a frame made of rigid yet lightweight metals. There were energy-absorbent foams and a crash cell protecting shoulders and heads, knees and toes. It also had 4-point belts, heated grips, and optional anti-lock brakes by Brembo.

No matter. The C1 was a flop. And now, you can watch how one would bounce off an E46, with you not wearing a helmet. All is well.

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