21st Century BMW R90S

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  1. _cy_

    _cy_ Long timer

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    BMW Fires a Legendary Motorcycle Into the 21st Century

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    BMW&#8217;s bikes have always been an amalgamation of form and function, which makes them more purposeful than pretty. The Concept Ninety finally manages to balance the two.
    In celebration of BMW Motorrad&#8217;s 90th anniversary, the bike builder teamed up with the racing legend and customizers at Roland Sands Design to create a retro-future tribute to the marque. The result is a stunning bit of two-wheeled kit that takes the best of a bygone era and blends it with new technology and advanced construction techniques.
    The Concept Ninety was inspired by the 1973 BMW R 90 S, which back in the day managed a top speed of 124 mph and took home a series of race wins, including the two top spots at the very first Daytona AMA Superbike event in 1976.
    That competition-styled inspiration has shown through with the Ninety, with a similar orange hue coating a sculpted tank and tail, and a boomerang fairing equipped with LEDs arranged in a circle to mimic the old-school bike&#8217;s flavor.
    A air-cooled flat-twin boxer engine is coated in black, with contrast cuts of milled metal peaking through the darkness. That same milling technique was employed on the exhaust and seven-spoke wheels, which looked like they were honed from a solid chuck of metal &#8212; because they were.
    &#8220;Everything just fits together perfectly: the BMW technology, the BMW heritage and our custom parts complement each other beautifully,&#8221; says ex-racer and the company&#8217;s namesake, Roland Sands.
    The Concept Ninety is debuting this weekend at the 2013 Concorso d&#8217;Eleganza Villa d&#8217;Este where BMW is showing off another concept: the Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé. But the Ninety handily beats it out for Best of Show. And the weekend hasn&#8217;t even started yet.
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  3. Plaka

    Plaka Brevis illi vita est

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    Sigh. The Cafe rash continues. At least this dog will hunt...on a sunny day on a closed course. Pretty, some of it, but it's more design masturbation than making a real motorcycle for real use in the real world. It's easy to solve a design problem by just leaving the part off. On the other hand this is the idea behind show cars/bikes. After the show they go sit in a lobby somewhere.

    The original R90S was for real. And if you wanted to ride it coast to coast, grab a credit card and go.
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  4. Rob Farmer

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    Big thumbs down from me. Far too pretentious. The appeal of the original is as well as being a good looking machine it's so usable as a day to day rider.
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  5. Eyore

    Eyore Been here awhile

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    Very true, and the modern version of an R90s is a R 1200S.
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  6. davorallyfan

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    Nup and Nup. The S was a practical bike.


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  7. greentreephrog

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    It's a bit like the proliferation of flavoured potato crisps - why mess around with the original when it does its job so well. If you MUST use the current idiom, be original and design a new one. Don't mess around with the original - if you do it probably shows that you don't understand what the original was designed to do.
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  8. gsd4me

    gsd4me 90% bluff

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  9. Captdan

    Captdan Been here awhile

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    Being a retro fan and bringing good things back I tend to like it ( had an 07 mustang that looked like the old 67 grown up). I'd love to ride one! I like the look and applaud BMW for bringing back an updated classic. Or at least trying to. Will it replace the original r90/s? No, but neither did the 07 stang...
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  10. Zodiac

    Zodiac loosely portrayed

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    I like it, and still love the original. Both for what they are.

    I can't find ANY modern bikes I can say I like the design of aesthetically anymore.

    If they build it I would come.
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  11. AntonLargiader

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    It looks too long.
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  12. Bill Harris

    Bill Harris Confirmed Curmudgeon

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    Remember the Montauk? :eek1

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  13. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy

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    I applaud BMW for at least trying. What I cannot figure out is why they don't look at Triumph and Harley's retro offerings and pay attention to the fact that those sell. I would consider ponying up for a retro that actually looked as though it descended from the R90S, but this thing is not even close. Styling is subjective, though, and there will be quite a few who find it to their liking. The target market is middle-aged guys who were perhaps too young to have an R90S Back-In-The-Day. No one else is going to be able to afford the $15K that this is likely to fetch. The riding position is too extreme for most of us in the demographic, which would make this bike a pricey bit of garage art. There's nothing wrong with garage art, IMHO, but I prefer to ride the thing.

    Maybe BMW will have people looking at forums and sounding out riders at rallies, and this bike, while cool in it's own way, will be just the first iteration.
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  14. Jon-Lars

    Jon-Lars Jon-Lars

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    That fairing looks like it came off a MH900e.
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  15. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy

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    There's more than a passing resemblance, isn't there?

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  16. craydds

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    I WANT ONE! I have cash in hand. When are they arriving at my local dealership?

    Old school (with some custom updates):
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  17. craydds

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    Cy, beautiful bike! I have my Dad's old '76 R90S, a silver smoke bike like yours above. It's in pieces all over my garage, going to restore it for my son.
    My bike is the daytona orange '75 R90S posted above.
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  18. blaine.hale

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    "Concept Bike"
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    :cry
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  20. brocktoon

    brocktoon Been here awhile

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    This concept bike is popping up all over the internet -- even in places I wouldn't normally expect to find motorcycle content: exempli gratia.

    I hope BMW takes notice.
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