While the BMW Concept Ninety from last year’s Concorso d’Eleganza event was designed to pay homage to the BMW R90S from 40 years earlier, the Concept Roadster is described by its maker as a “typical BMW roadster”.
The German bike-builder revealed its intentions to bring two concepts to Concorso d’Eleganza earlier this year but details were sketchy until now, with BMW revealing only that one concept would be two-wheeled and one four-wheeled.
Power for the Concept Roadster comes from a twin-cylinder 1170cc ‘boxer’ engine, producing 92kW at 7750 RPM and 125Nm at 6500 RPM.
The power plant also features an ‘engine spoiler’, which serves as an aerodynamic aid and the primary engine silencer at the same time.
While front styling for the naked bike could reasonably be called ‘BMW mainstream’, the rear is dramatically cut short with both the self-supporting seat and single exhaust pipe ending abruptly ahead of the rear wheel.
The concept has no rear mud guard or number plate aperture, and the single rear tail lamp is tucked up under the seat.
BMW says its minimalist design gives the Roadster “light-footed handling” and an “ergonomically perfect” knee grip, while valve covers inspired by the knee pads in racing leathers indicate that the concept “can and should be taken round bends at an extreme banking angle”.
Elsewhere, the Roadster features an LED headlight, a simplistic instrument display and Alcantara leather seat trim with yellow highlights along with yellow and Sparkling Racing Blue highlights on parts of the frame.
The BMW Concept Roadster sits alongside the MINI Superleggera Vision Roadster Concept as part of the BMW Group’s 2014 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este display.