BMW Motorrad has unveiled a new concept vehicle at the Wheels and Waves festival. This very unique concept vehicle, dubbed “Lac Rose”, meaning pink lake, draws it’s inspiration from the brand’ rich history of success at the Dakar rally. However, this time around it isn’t a modified GS, but instead, it’s based upon the “much lighter on the scale” R-NineT..!!
The vehicle that influenced the Lac Rose design was the R80 G/S, the vehicle that actually created the adventure bike segment. Unlike the R 5 Hommage, which was a full customization from the ground up, the Concept Lac Rose is almost exclusively BMW original standard parts, with just slightly geared up suspension. It has a colour scheme inspired by the works racer, a modified seat, an enlarged R NineT tank, a specially painted rear frame and tail with rear-mounted toolkit, a nose fairing with roadbook and trip counter reminiscent of the works racer, colour-coded handguards, black two-into-one stubby exhaust, engine protection bars, a bash plate, a number 101 ‘race plate’ and is shod in a pair of TKC80 knobblies. The cylinder ‘fins’ pay homage to the 1985 special-edition production R 80 G/S, as do the fork gaitors that are also found on the latest R NineT Scrambler.