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BMW looks back on Dakar victories with Motorrad Concept Lac Rose

BMW looks back on Dakar victor...
The BMW Lac Rose is a custom R nineT that pays homage to the company's past wins in the Dakar rallies
The BMW Lac Rose is a custom R nineT that pays homage to the company's past wins in the Dakar rallies
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BMW went all in on designing the Lac Rose custom and related gear
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BMW went all in on designing the Lac Rose custom and related gear
The Lac Rose concept is powered by the same boxer engine found on the R nineT
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The Lac Rose concept is powered by the same boxer engine found on the R nineT
The Lac Rose concept color scheme was influenced by the rose-colored Retba lake near Dakar
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The Lac Rose concept color scheme was influenced by the rose-colored Retba lake near Dakar
The Lac Rose concept has enough bits to give a nod to past Dakar rally winners
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The Lac Rose concept has enough bits to give a nod to past Dakar rally winners
BMW isn't saying whether the Lac Rose concept will become a production bike
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BMW isn't saying whether the Lac Rose concept will become a production bike
BMW even created gear to match the Lac Rose concept
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BMW even created gear to match the Lac Rose concept
The BMW Lac Rose is a custom R nineT that pays homage to the company's past wins in the Dakar rallies
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The BMW Lac Rose is a custom R nineT that pays homage to the company's past wins in the Dakar rallies
The Lac Rose concept has just enough to give it some dirt cred
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The Lac Rose concept has just enough to give it some dirt cred
The Lac Rose concept is built for minimal off-roading
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The Lac Rose concept is built for minimal off-roading
BMW fitted the Lac Rose concept with some serious off-roading rubber
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BMW fitted the Lac Rose concept with some serious off-roading rubber
Big studded tires provide the traction this R nineT needs to get it off road
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Big studded tires provide the traction this R nineT needs to get it off road
The Lac Rose concept isn't designed for hard core off-roading but can get you over some dirt
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The Lac Rose concept isn't designed for hard core off-roading but can get you over some dirt
The BMW Lac Rose concept is an R nineT with the ability to go off the beaten path
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The BMW Lac Rose concept is an R nineT with the ability to go off the beaten path

From 1983 to 1985, BMW won back-to-back Dakar rallies with its R80G/S adventure bike. The BMW Motorrad Concept Lac Rose pays tribute to those winning machines while capitalizing on the popularity of the R nine T among customizers today.

Named after the rose-colored Retba salt lake near the finish line when the Dakar rallies were literally run from Paris to Dakar, the Lac Rose is described by BMW as "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." In other words, this bike is just enough dirt worthy to explore some backroads without getting it into trouble.

Big studded tires provide the traction this R nineT needs to get it off road
Big studded tires provide the traction this R nineT needs to get it off road

The nod to the bike's G/S influence on this R nine T custom comes mostly in the form of the windshield, mudguard, oil cooler protector, oversized tank, headlamp and seat. Longer suspension travel, wire spoke wheels and big studded tires give it some additional dirt cred.

The Lac Rose concept has enough bits to give a nod to past Dakar rally winners
The Lac Rose concept has enough bits to give a nod to past Dakar rally winners

There's no word on whether BMW will be turning this concept into a production bike any time soon, or how much the company invested in it. The R nine T scrambler is probably as close as you'll get.

BMW is introducing the Lac Rose at the Wheels and Waves show that takes place today through June 12 at Biarritz, France. Now in its fifth year, the show has become a popular European venue for introducing custom motorcycle builds.

Source: BMW

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