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BMW Motorrad teamed up with Roland Sands to create a concept for their newly released modern classic bike, the R NineT, a bike we recently featured here.  The R NineT celebrates both the 90th anniversary of BMW Motorrad and the 40th anniversary of the R 90 S. RSD created a plethora of custom parts for the custom cafe racer and paid homage to the Daytona Orange boxer from the Seventies.  The concept was revealed at the Concorso d’Eleganza Vilaa d’Este 2013 and was a definite show stopper there and at the Southsiders’ Wheels & Waves event in Biarritz.

“The aim of the BMW Concept Ninety is to show how reduced and pure an emotional BMW motorcycle can be,” explains Ola Stenegard, Head of BMW Motorrad Vehicle Design. “Its basic proportions are clearly geared towards the original: the faring, fuel tank and rear section instantly reveal the bike’s kinship with the BMW R 90 S. The BMW Concept Ninety also echoes the separation of the motorcycle’s proportions which was typical at the time: the trim is visually distinct from the black engine and chassis sections.”  

Roland has a knack for cleaning up bulky bikes and streamlining them into high-performing works of art.  He definitely slimmed down the R nineT into a slick cafe racer that looks like a blast to ride.  RSD has been on a tear lately and we wish them nothing but the best.  We’re sure that RSD will be selling lots of custom parts for the new R nineT in months to come! See below for all the custom parts that went into the Concept 90.

And an “atta boy” is due to BMW for engaging such a talented builder (and rider) for an outside of the box build.  After 90 years of motorcycles, you are still producing high-quality machines and clearly still have some tricks up your sleeve.  Now…when can we get a test ride?

Patrick Flynn

Patrick Flynn

Patrick Flynn, a lifelong motorcycle enthusiast, combines over a decade of OEM motorcycle marketing experience with his passion for custom builds. Since 2008, he has been the driving force behind The Bullitt, a digital platform celebrating the art and culture of motorcycles.