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BMW Introduces New Dakar Rally Inspired Concept – Lac Rose

 An exclusive interpretation of the legendary bike that won the '85 Paris-Dakar.

Published on 06.09.2016

Inspired by the past Paris-Dakar Rally heroes and their victorious BMW machines, BMW Motorrad is showing a completely new interpretation of the BMW R nineT called ‘Lac Rose’. “The BMW Motorrad Concept Lac Rose is our laid-back and very individual interpretation of the bike that won the Paris-Dakar Rally in 1985. It puts the BMW R nineT into an exciting new context and shows what passion for our brand heritage, imagination and a few modifications can achieve.” says Edgard Heinrich, Head of Design at BMW Motorrad.

Lac Rose – the last stage of the Paris-Dakar

BMW Motorrad Concept Lac Rose


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Lac Rose is the French name of the rose-colored Retba salt lake, located 35 km North East of Dakar and less than one kilometer from the Atlantic coast. The legendary Paris-Dakar rally ended here following the many strenuous stages through the desert. The podium is located right at the lakeside and the winners received their awards amid the crowd of enthusiastic fans. The BMW factory machines, modified by the company HPN, rode to victory three times in a row in the middle of the 80s. Gaston Rahier took the third win in 1985 with start number 101.

BMW G/S meets BMW R nineT

The vehicle which influenced the Lac Rose’s design, was the R80 G/S, the motorcycle that created the adventure bike segment. More specifically, the R80 G/S Paris-Dakar limited edition model, meant to commemorate several victories over the challenging terrain that comprises the Dakar rally. The R nineT is closer to the original R80 G/S, in terms of proportions, making for an aesthetically appealing tribute vehicle.

The BMW Motorrad Concept Lac Rose has the typical features of the former victory bike based on a modern, street-oriented version. “Essentially the bike is a cool and laid-back roadster with a few typical off-road features which allow you to leave the street and follow a dirt track into the unknown”, says Edgar Heinrich. “It is this combination of customizing, coolness and unconventionality which make this bike so special.”

BMW Motorrad Concept Lac Rose

The windshield with typical rally equipment, the characteristic headlamp design with the high mudguard, a large fuel tank and a short rally seat bench are all reminiscent of the legendary bike. All these elements are responsible for the characteristic horizontal flyline of the BMW G/S bikes of the time, giving the BMW Motorrad Concept Lac Rose its essential proportions. Longer suspension travel as well as spoke wheels with studded tires are as mandatory as the color combination of signal red on alpine white and the start number 101.

BMW Motorrad Concept Lac Rose

The hallmark BMW two-cylinder flat twin engine with shaft drive is located at the center of this well proportioned bike. It is held in tubular frame with contrasting color design which also harks back to the successful off-road bike. Elements such as the oil cooler protector and the distinctively perforated skid plate pick up the uncompromisingly functional design of the race bike and transfer its design features into the modern era. High performance parts as well as exclusively designed details such as the valve covers illustrate BMW’s claim to workmanship and manufacturing quality thereby rounding off the high quality appeal of the bike.

BMW Motorrad Concept Lac Rose

Motorrads’s Concept Bike ‘Lac Rose’ will make an appearance at the Wheels and Waves Festival held in Biarritz on the French Atlantic coast currently in progress. The production version is rumored to be out on dealer floors in 2017.

Author: ADV Pulse Staff
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