BMW Lac Rose Concept – A Vintage-Styled ADV Bike

06/13/2016 @ 6:55 pm, by Jensen Beeler12 COMMENTS


What you see here is an homage back to a day when men were men, and the Dakar Rally actually went to Dakar, the capital of Senegal and the western-most point of Africa.

Called the BMW Lac Rose Concept, this retooled BMW R nineT is named after Lac Rose (Lake Retba to some), which is just outside of Dakar – a picturesque locale, for a photogenic motorcycle.

BMW Motorrad styled the Lac Rose concept after the Dakar Rally bikes of the 1980s, which adds to the retro flare that the German brand has been channeling though its R nineT platform.

If you believe the rumors, the Lac Rose could very well go into production, as a 2017 model year machine, thus adding a trifecta of throwback machines to BMW’s R nineT lineup, with the R nineT roadster and scrambler models already strong sellers.

We’re not sure how big the neo-vintage ADV bike market is worldwide, but the Lac Rose concept is an interesting move from BMW Motorrad. If successful, it could easily usher in new wave of unique big-displacement dual-sports to the market.

We imagine that’s why BMW is soft-launching the Lac Rose at the Wheels and Waves gathering, the same venue where the Bavarians teased out the R nineT Scrambler.

For now, the Lac Rose is simply an interesting visual exercise, and we like it. Enjoy the high-resolution photos below.



















Source: BMW Motorrad

  • coreyvwc

    It certainly is beautiful, but I do have a serious question about it. If Ducati can build a sub 400 pound steel framed air cooled scrambler, why can’t BMW? Hell, why can’t they get within 100 pounds of that figure?

  • Ur Momma

    dated engine design…

  • coreyvwc

    The Duc Scrambler engine is 40+ year old design as well…

  • paulus

    Sweet looking ride. Right up my alley.

  • paulus

    German (over) engineering… safety factors in everything :)

  • Kenny

    One single side, shaft drive, swinging arm would make up a fair chunk of that weight difference.

    Is it just me or does this Lac Rose concept look like a purpose built poseur compared to the original you can (barely) see in the background.

    I had the same problem with the R5 concept. To call them an homages to the originals, strains my credulity.

  • Keith

    Another bloated pig with orange lipstick to me, although I’m sure the workmanship is excellent. I prefer this treatment done to a hyper or monster.

  • Paul M. Fenn

    I wouldn’t kick it out of bed for dripping oil. It looks like shiteloads of fun, except those boxers just lack that vertebrae-damaging snap I’ve come to love with my LC8. Different philosophy. Anyway, there’s no such thing as a bad motorcycle — this from a man who’s ridden a Hyosung for 2 days. Anyway, I love all the competition right now in the dual-sport market. By the time I’m ready to buy another DS motorcycle, maybe there will be one that does what mine does. But then what would be the point — unless it’s electric with an all-day battery and weighs 350lbs? Now THAT would get me saving my coins.

  • MrDefo

    It’s a nice looking bike. I’m more impressed to see them take the RnineT package and really build something around it. Looks like a lot more fun in the dirt than their adventure bikes. I dunno, from an aesthetics standpoint I really like the boxer twin and shaft drive. Is it love just for the sake of it? Perhaps.

  • what a shame

    i have a problem with design concepts that look better without a rider on them. this is a case in point. alone, the bike looks aggressive and ready for anything. with rider- it proportions are long, poorly balanced and it looks like its only capable of farting around the campsite.

  • Paul McM

    Hmm, seat and handlebars way too low. Riding position resembles that of someone sitting on the “porcelain throne”. Windscreen is a joke. And the silly little tailpiece rail is just “oh so precious”. But I like the paint scheme and, gosh, what attention-wh*re wouldn’t love the “look at me” Dakar plaques on the side. Honestly, this is another trip down silliness lane for BMW. I supose someone with more money than brains will buy this. Q: What goes in the little black box in the back? A personalized Latte mug for the trips to Starbucks? Honestly, this is laughable… and fundamentally the boxer layout is still a supremely stupid design for an off-road machine (hence the need for the crash bars). Just ask the folks at Cycleworld who holed a GS motor twice while testing.

  • Starmag

    After reading about this bike, these are my symptoms:

    Pain or cramps.
    Gurgling or rumbling sounds in your belly.
    Loose stools or diarrhea.
    Throwing up

    It appears I’m Lac rose intolerant.