The BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso V12 Coupé is not the only new concept from BMW for the 2013 Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza. The Bavarian company also brought along a motorcycle named the BMW Concept Ninety, which is both a present for BMW Motorrad’s 90th anniversary and a tribute to its iconic R 90 S motorbike that turns 40 this year.
Built in partnership with the custom bike company Roland Sands Design, the BMW Concept Ninety brings the R 90 S’ iconic shape into the 21st century. Its basic proportions as well as the fairing, tank, seat and tail are all inspired by the R 90 S.
The Concept Ninety also picks up on the demarcation of the bike’s proportions that was a hallmark at the time of the original. The upper ergonomic and aerodynamic bodywork is visually separated from the black engine and chassis.
The bodywork is hand crafted from aluminum with its brushed areas visible in the tinted areas of the front fairing and tank, as well as at the tail. The rich orange shade of the Concept Ninety is also a nod to the legendary Daytona Orange paintwork of the BMW R 90 S.
Fitted with LED elements instead of halogen lamps, the BMW Concept Ninety keeps the round headlamp design. Below the bodywork sits the air-cooled flat-twin boxer engine, the technical specs of which were not revealed.
The original R 90 S was one of the fastest production bikes of its day, with a top speed rated at just over 200 km/h (124 mph). The R 90 S was the first motorcycle ever to feature a front fairing as standard, which gave it an unmistakable identity together with its sporty tail end and Daytona Orange paintwork.
You can find out more about the R 90 S and its modern alter ego in the video below.
By Dan Mihalascu