BMW has paid homage to its iconic R90S model this week, with the unveiling of the Concept Ninety motorcycle.
The concept bike - unveiled at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2013 in Italy - serves as both a celebration of BMW Motorrad’s 90th anniversary and a tribute to the 40th anniversary of the R90S model.
BMW Concept Ninety was created as a joint venture between BMW Motorrad designers and custom bike designers, Roland Sands Design.
The original BMW R90S was capable of almost 200km/h and was the first motorcycle to be fitted with a front trim section as standard, setting a trend for other motorcycle-builders.
"The BMW R90S goes back to a time when motorcyclists were regarded as social outlaws,” BMW Motorrad’s Edgar Heinrich said.
“It was all about pure emotion, and the R90S remains fascinating to this day."
In comparison, the BMW Concept Ninety shares several design elements with the original, including the faring, fuel tank and rear section of the bike.
Modern wheels and tyres, LED lighting and even a modernised version of the original colour bring the concept into the 21st century.
Head of BMW Motorrad Vehicle Design, Ola Stenegard, explained the purpose of the BMW Concept Ninety.
"The aim of the BMW Concept Ninety is to show how reduced and pure an emotional BMW motorcycle can be," Mr Stenegard said
Sadly, BMW has made no mention of a production version of the BMW Concept Ninety.