THE R90 S, BMW Motorrad’s design icon, turns 40 this year, and as a tribute the company has presented a very special model at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2013. Called the BMW Concept Ninety, the bike was built by BMW’s team with the legendary customizer Roland Sands Design to pay homage to the R90 S.
The Concept Ninety recalls the “emotions” of its superbike forebear into a contemporary form. Its proportions, as well as its fairing, tank, seat and tail, all signal a familial bond with the R90 S. Its upper aluminum bodywork is visually separated from the black engine and chassis, too, just like in the original. And its orange shade is also a nod to the legendary Daytona Orange paintwork of the R90 S.
The bike’s mechanical parts and engine, meanwhile, bear the Roland Sands imprint, and this can be seen in the boxer engine’s front cover, valve covers and exhaust system, which are all milled. The Concept Ninety’s R90 S-inspired wheels received the same treatment, too. Other parts meticulously designed and made by Roland Sands are the brake and clutch controls, the Paralever arm and the air filter under the seat.
While recalling its classic forebear, the Concept Ninety is also a Motorrad like no other.