Introducing The BMW Motorrad Lac Rose Concept
|   Monday, June 27, 2016
Custom motorcycles, interesting characters, the Atlantic coast, art and music - this is the essence of the Wheels & Waves festival. In just five years, the festival near Biarritz became a symbol of a unique type of motorcycle culture.

Visitors enjoy a sense of freedom out of the ordinary that goes beyond a conventional daily life. The framework is a relaxed one and the atmosphere is characterized by creativity, individuality and respect. Deep passion for motorcycles, both from the organizers and the visitors, turned Wheels & Waves into a legendary festival in a very short period of time.


Inspired by legends of the Paris-Dakar Rally and the winning BMW motorcycles, BMW Motorrad presents a new interpretation of the model R nine T, in perfect harmony with the spirit of the Wheels & Waves festival. Its name is BMW Motorrad Lac Rose Concept.

Lac Rose is the French name of Lake Retba, a salt-water lake with reddish reflections, located 35 km northeast of Dakar and less than a kilometer from the Atlantic Coast. The legendary rally ended here, after many demanding tests carried out in the desert. The podium was located right on the lake, and the winners received prizes in the crowd of enthusiastic fans. BMW motorcycles, modified by HPN company, won the rally three times in the mid of 80s. Gaston Rahier won the third victory in 1985, piloting motorcycle number 101.

The BMW Motorrad Lac Rose concept translates former peculiarities of the winning model to a modern platform geared towards road riding. The outstanding off-road qualities were omitted deliberately.

The windscreen with dashboard instrumentation, typical for rally sports, the characteristic headlamp with raised mud guard, a bigger tank, and a brief saddle for rally, are elements that hint at the legendary champion motorcycle. All these elements are responsible for the design line of the time's BMW G / S motorcycles and offers ideal proportions for the Lac Rose concept. The longer suspensions and spoked wheels, along with off-road tires are mandatory, as well as the color scheme (red Signal, white Alpinde) and the number 101 too.

The propellant, an engine with two cylinders on the cardan transmission, is positioned in the center of the motorcycle, giving it balance, both visually and in terms of dynamics. It is mounted on a tubular frame, painted in contrasting colors, which also hint at the rally model.
Factors such as a headlight protective grille, oil radiator protection, and perforated shield for the engine, transfer the functional characteristics of the rally motorcycle into the current design elements.

The performance elements, as well as the specially designed components, such as cylinder caps, demonstrate BMW Motorrad's emphasis on craftsmanship and quality, strengthening the image of the BMW Motorrad Lac Rose concept.
The specially designed equipment, consisting of suit and helmet (based on Enduro helmet), provides the concept an elegant feel.

BMW Motorrad is the main partner of the event and outside the Lac Rose concept will present numerous custom exhibitions and other disclaimers of R nine T model, over an area of 100 square meters.
Just last year, over 10,000 visitors passed through Cite l'Ocean, on the beach in Biarritz, the central place where the festival takes place. The program includes surf competitions, art exhibitions, and lap sprint races organized in Spanish territory.
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