Sunday, May 26, 2013

BMW Concept Ninety pays homage to the 1970s R90S

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BMW and Roland Sands revisit the 1970s R90S with the new Concept Ninety...

To celebrate their 90th birthday and to mark the 40th birth anniversary of the R90S, BMW have partnered with Roland Sands Design to create the ‘Concept Ninety,’ which was recently unveiled at this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.

Back in the early-1970s, the BMW R90S, with its top speed of just over 200km/h, was one of the fastest production bikes of its time. “The BMW R90S hails from an era in which bikers were regarded as outlaws. There was something rebellious about it – it was fast, loud and wild. And it has retained its fascination to this day,” says Edgar Heinrich, Head of BMW Motorrad Design.

The new BMW Concept Ninety tried to recapture the spirit of its 1970s predecessor. “Today, BMW motorcycles stand for perfection and function. That is what we have worked hard to achieve and something we are very proud of. But we want more than that. With the Concept Ninety, we want to show how reduced and pure an emotional BMW motorcycle can be,” says Ola Stenegard, Head of Vehicle Design BMW Motorrad.

The Concept Ninety is a ‘sporty boxer,’ with its basic proportions, design cues and ‘Daytona Orange’ paintwork inspired by the 1970s BMW R90S. With its hand-crafted aluminium bodywork, custom-built exhaust system, single-side swingarm with Paralever shaft-drive, LED lights, retro-styled wheels and air-cooled flat-twin boxer engine, the Concept Ninety is a rather unique machine with its own distinctive cafĂ© racer persona. “It was important for me to translate the special statement made by the BMW R90S into the present through the use of unique parts, employing emotional design and cutting-edge technology,” says Roland Sands. “Everything just fits together perfectly – the BMW technology, the BMW heritage and our custom parts complement each other beautifully,” he adds.

“The BMW Concept Ninety is sheer enjoyment in every respect – from the development of the idea to the sketching stage to the construction process. But above all when you’re riding it. It’s an absolute riding machine – just like the R90S was in its time,” concludes Heinrich.

Official video and more high-res pics after the jump. Also see our exclusive interview with Edgar Heinrich, BMW Motorrad's head of design

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