To mark the 40th birthday of the R 90 S, BMW Motorrad has turned out a concept aimed at rekindling an emotional connection to the company’s 1973 Stroke Six flagship.
The original’s 200-plus top speed made it one of the fastest production bikes of its day, partly thanks to it being the first production bike to feature a front fairing as standard. And as any biker knows, nothing makes a machine go as fast as Daytona Orange paintwork… so the Concept’s handcrafted aluminium bodywork stays true to the original’s colour scheme. Much of the detail work was carried out by custom bike specialists Roland Sands Design in California. “The R 90 S hails from an era in which bikers were regarded as outlaws,” says the company’s bike design chief, Edgar Heinrich. “There was something rebellious about it – it was fast, loud and wild.”