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