40 years ago BMW, one of the oldest motorcycle manufacturers in the world, introduced the R 90 S as the top version of the dash six series: A spectacular step compared to the 5 Series with many superfluous style elements in terms of appearance and claim. The Daytone-orange paintwork, with which the latest design study comes along, is particularly striking.
With the BMW Concept Ninety, Bayerische Motorenwerke is celebrating 90 years of motorcycle construction. The study, presented for the first time at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa D'Este on Lake Como, is not only reminiscent of the great two-wheeler tradition, but also especially of the legendary model.
As a tribute to the golden days of outlaw bikers
In addition to the BMW designers, the Californian tuner manufacturer Roland Sands Design, which is known for its courageous and equally spectacular conversions, is responsible for the almost hand-made exhibit.
“The BMW R 90 S dates back to a time when motorcyclists were socially regarded as outlaws”, explains Edgar Heinrich, Head of BMW Motorrad Design. “It had something rebellious - it was fast, loud and wild. Simply pure emotion. And it still fascinates today”.
Emotional design meets state-of-the-art technology
Above all, the manifold, the tailpipes and the milled front cover of the engine as well as the valve covers bear Roland Sand's signature: “It was important to me to transfer the special statement of the BMW R 90 S with unique parts into today's time - with emotional design and state-of-the-art technology”, says the designer.
Furthermore, the brake and clutch armature, the paralever strut and the air filter under the seat are also made by Roland Sands, the size in the custom business. “In contrast to other custom bikes, the BMW Concept Ninety can and wants to be ridden. The bike itself and all its parts are designed for maximum performance”.