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BMW Concept Path 22 hints at R nineT Scrambler

BMW Concept Path 22 hints at R...
BMW Concept Path 22
BMW Concept Path 22
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Exhibited in Frankfurt, the BMW Concept Path 22 is a potential teaser for a production model to come soon
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Exhibited in Frankfurt, the BMW Concept Path 22 is a potential teaser for a production model to come soon
The 22 stands for the number designating the path leading to an infamous surfer beach in southern France
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The 22 stands for the number designating the path leading to an infamous surfer beach in southern France
Leather lined grips by Motogadget and a designer brake fluid reservoir by Roland Sands for the BMW Concept Path 22
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Leather lined grips by Motogadget and a designer brake fluid reservoir by Roland Sands for the BMW Concept Path 22
The original air scoop of the R nineT didn't need to change as it blends well in the BMW Concept Path 22
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The original air scoop of the R nineT didn't need to change as it blends well in the BMW Concept Path 22
Larger front wheel, adjustable Ohlins fork, Brembo calipers from older BMW models on custom holders - the path to a suitably retro front look
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Larger front wheel, adjustable Ohlins fork, Brembo calipers from older BMW models on custom holders - the path to a suitably retro front look
This aluminum fuel tank is a recently released after market part for customizing the standard BMW R nineT
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This aluminum fuel tank is a recently released after market part for customizing the standard BMW R nineT
The base model, BMW R nineT, standing ahead of its offspring, the Concept Path 22, at Frankfurt
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The base model, BMW R nineT, standing ahead of its offspring, the Concept Path 22, at Frankfurt
BMW Concept Path 22
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BMW Concept Path 22
BMW Concept Path 22
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BMW Concept Path 22
BMW Concept Path 22
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BMW Concept Path 22
BMW Concept Path 22
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BMW Concept Path 22
BMW Concept Path 22
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BMW Concept Path 22
BMW Concept Path 22
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BMW Concept Path 22
BMW Concept Path 22
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BMW Concept Path 22
BMW Concept Path 22
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BMW Concept Path 22
BMW Concept Path 22
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BMW Concept Path 22
BMW Concept Path 22
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BMW Concept Path 22
Without the main support structure for the board, the remaining parts are hardly visible on the BMW Concept Path 22
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Without the main support structure for the board, the remaining parts are hardly visible on the BMW Concept Path 22
BMW Concept Path 22 with a longboard
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BMW Concept Path 22 with a longboard
BMW Concept Path 22 with a shortboard
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BMW Concept Path 22 with a shortboard
BMW Concept Path 22
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BMW Concept Path 22
The leather-bound grips from Motogadget also combine with bar-end mirrors and indicators
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The leather-bound grips from Motogadget also combine with bar-end mirrors and indicators
Visible on the right cylinder is the base part of the front surfboard holder
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Visible on the right cylinder is the base part of the front surfboard holder
Even when carrying a large board, the BMW Concept Path 22 allows enough space for the rider to sit and ride normally
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Even when carrying a large board, the BMW Concept Path 22 allows enough space for the rider to sit and ride normally
Ornamental Conifer's graphics run along the fuel tank of the BMW Concept Path 22
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Ornamental Conifer's graphics run along the fuel tank of the BMW Concept Path 22
The stitched tan leather of the BMW Concept Path 22 is a proper single seater
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The stitched tan leather of the BMW Concept Path 22 is a proper single seater
The artwork of Ornamental Conifer, a.k.a. Nicolai Sclater, on the left-hand side of the BMW Concept Path 22
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The artwork of Ornamental Conifer, a.k.a. Nicolai Sclater, on the left-hand side of the BMW Concept Path 22
The artwork of Ornamental Conifer, a.k.a. Nicolai Sclater, on the right-hand side of the BMW Concept Path 22
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The artwork of Ornamental Conifer, a.k.a. Nicolai Sclater, on the right-hand side of the BMW Concept Path 22
Motogadget's miniature digital instrument is as discreet as it gets
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Motogadget's miniature digital instrument is as discreet as it gets
The custom seat serves well the scrambler theme on the BMW Concept Path 22
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The custom seat serves well the scrambler theme on the BMW Concept Path 22
The bar-end indicators by Motogadget are very discreet
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The bar-end indicators by Motogadget are very discreet
Leather tips and belts secure the surfboard without the risk of scratching
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Leather tips and belts secure the surfboard without the risk of scratching
Roland Sands Design contributed with his custom cylinder head covers, an item that may prove popular among the previous boxer's owners
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Roland Sands Design contributed with his custom cylinder head covers, an item that may prove popular among the previous boxer's owners
Exhibited in Frankfurt and dubbed as an expression of freedom, the BMW Concept Path 22 is a potential teaser for a production model to come soon
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Exhibited in Frankfurt and dubbed as an expression of freedom, the BMW Concept Path 22 is a potential teaser for a production model to come soon
Ornamental Conifer signed his artwork around the renowned emblem. Southsiders Motorcycle Club are the organizers of the Wheels and Waves meeting
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Ornamental Conifer signed his artwork around the renowned emblem. Southsiders Motorcycle Club are the organizers of the Wheels and Waves meeting
BMW Concept Path 22
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BMW Concept Path 22
The pair of high-rising Akrapovic exhausts can only be fitted if the passenger pegs' support is removed from the frame
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The pair of high-rising Akrapovic exhausts can only be fitted if the passenger pegs' support is removed from the frame
The mechanism for carrying a surfboard is the centerpiece of the BMW Concept Path 22
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The mechanism for carrying a surfboard is the centerpiece of the BMW Concept Path 22
A metal mesh protects the headlight's glass from loose branches of flying debris when riding off-road
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A metal mesh protects the headlight's glass from loose branches of flying debris when riding off-road
Exhibited in Frankfurt and dubbed as an expression of freedom, the BMW Concept Path 22 is a potential teaser for a production model to come soon
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Exhibited in Frankfurt and dubbed as an expression of freedom, the BMW Concept Path 22 is a potential teaser for a production model to come soon
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Based on theR nineT roadster, BMW Motorrad's Concept Path 22 was created with theco-operation of renowned custom builder Roland Sands, artist OrnamentalConifer and famous board maker Mason Dryer. Initially built to spearhead BMW's presence at the Wheels & Waves meeting in France and currently on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the surfboard-hauling scrambled R nineT may well be theforerunner of a new model.

The R nineTis the last motorcycle in BMW’s line-up to retain the old 1,200 cc air/oilcooled boxer engine. It hasn't undergone any significant changes for Concept Path 22, apart from aesthetic touches like the cylinder headcovers by Roland Sands Design. The scrambler-type Akrapovic exhausts constitutethe only performance upgrade.

Work wasinstead focussed on creating a retro look, as evidenced by the conventional blackOhlins forks that replaced the S1000RR-derived gold inverted forks. The radialcalipers of the R nineT have also been replaced by a pair of older Brmbo partsas well.

To completethe scrambler look, BMW designed a set of brand new milled aluminum wheels,with a larger 19-inch front that should benefit handling over rough ground. Thetail section was shortened after removing the license plate structure and isnow hosting a stitched tan leather saddle. The headlight gets a metal grid toprotect the glass during off-road ventures and the standard clocks of the RnineT have been replaced by a digital Motogadget instrument, which, except for itsminimalistic size, seems to go against the whole concept with its high-techfeel.

BMW Concept Path 22
BMW Concept Path 22

The starfeature of the Concept Path 22 is the surfboard holder on the right-hand sideof the motorcycle. The aluminum contraption was specifically made by BMWMotorrad for this concept bike, designed to adapt to different board sizes thatsecure in place with leather belts. It can be easily removed when not needed,although the part that attaches to the frame can fold discretely into themotorcycle’s silhouette.

The conceptbike has received a special Wheels & Waves paintjob by the artistOrnamental Conifer, also known as Nicolai Sclater, and was equipped with twospecial boards designed by Mason Dryer of Dryer Brand. These include a 9’4longboard and a 6’8 shortboard, both made exclusively for the Concept Path 22.

The name ofthe concept bike is a reference to a beach on the Atlantic coast of southern France thatis infamous among surfers. As it is inaccessible to cars, the only way to getthere involves walking along a path marked by the number 22 – or, as BMW convenientlysuggests, a short ride on a board-carrying scrambler motorcycle.

The pair of high-rising Akrapovic exhausts can only be fitted if the passenger pegs' support is removed from the frame
The pair of high-rising Akrapovic exhausts can only be fitted if the passenger pegs' support is removed from the frame

A metal mesh protects the headlight's glass from loose branches of flying debris when riding off-road
A metal mesh protects the headlight's glass from loose branches of flying debris when riding off-road

Scramblers accountfor a large share in the custom craze sweeping the motorcycling world duringthe last few years. Triumph has met commercial success with its Bonneville-basedScrambler that’s been in production since 2006, although it was Ducati’s take onthis theme that spurred worldwide recognition and led to record profits for theItalian company. Now rumors have it that several manufacturers will announce new scramblers at upcoming motorcycles shows: Triumph is expected to unveil a new, larger capacity liquid cooled Classicseries that’ll probably include a new scrambler, Suzuki is said to be working on itsown rendition based on the SFV 650, while BMW is rumored to be planning a scrambler adaptationof the R nineT.

"TheConcept Path 22 is based on the BMW R nineT, which we see as the epitome of acustom bike. It is actually designed to be modified - customized according toindividual preferences. The idea of a BMW scrambler is not new to us. Nowseemed to be the right time to present our interpretation of this legendaryvehicle concept," says Ola Stenegard, Head of BMW Motorrad Vehicle Design.That sounds almost like a teaser, doesn’t it?

In thefollowing video BMW explains the inspiration behind Concept Path 22 and offers achance to enjoy it in action.

On the beach - Concept Path 22

Source: BMWMotorrad

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3 comments
mookins
That darned crosswind pushed me over and now I've run into the bridge piling at 50 mph. Ow!
JweenyPwee
@mookins Exactly. Just what a motorcycle needs, a sail!
Propelator
@mookins @ JweenyPwee I'm with these guys. I assume the designers didn't think it was very windy when you go surfing. Waves? Wind? Must be the stoner surfers designing this one.