BMW Unveil Another R nineT Based Concept

BMW Unveil Another R nineT Based Concept

BMW Motorrad has unveiled another concept based on the R nineT at this week’s Wheels & Waves event in France.

The Concept Lac Rose is the latest take on the BMW R nineT, a bike that has been a very popular model for BMW and one that has already been the basis for a number of derivatives.

BMW Unveil Another R nineT Based ConceptHead of Design at BMW Motorrad, Edgar Heinrich, says “The BMW Motorrad Concept Lac Rose is our laid-back and very individual interpretation of the bike that won the Paris-Dakar Rallye in 1985.”

“It puts the BMW R nineT into an exciting new context and shows what passion for our brand heritage, imagination and a few modifications can achieve.”

The  Concept Lac Rose has been inspired by the BMW R80G/S that Belgian Gaston Rahier won the Paris-Dakar rally on in 1985, right down to the 101 race number that Rahier carried during the event.

While the bike doesn’t have extensive off road capabilities, its resemblance to the off-road racer is obvious.

The windshield with typical rallye equipment, the characteristic headlamp design with the high mudguard, a large fuel tank and a short rallye seat bench are all reminiscent of the legendary rally winning bike.

Longer suspension travel, spoke wheels with studded tyres and signal red on alpine white colour scheme complete the picture.

The name comes from the French name of the rose-coloured Retba salt lake, 35 km northeast of Dakar where the Paris-Dakar rally used to end.

Predictions are that this concept will actually make it into production, with the finished bike shown at the major European shows later this year and released for 2017.

It would join the Scrambler variant of the R nineT we expect to see in Australia late this year.

BMW Motorrad has also hinted at two other variants as well, a half faired sports model and a minimalistic base model to provide a cost effective starting point for customisers.

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Steve McDowall

Steve is the team’s motorcycle writer and contributes to the podcast each week. He started his “on air” career as a guest on 4BC where he met Joel, and has been with Behind the Wheel now for over 6 years. Steve’s fascination for anything with wheels and an engine started as a child and even though he still loves his cars, he found his true passion was with motorcycles. He is also an accredited rider trainer, consultant and coach. Check out Steve’s website – motorcyclelife.com.au

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