The Wheels & Waves Festival takes place from 8 to 12 June 2016 in Biarritz on the French Atlantic coast. The event was called into being in 2012 by the local Southsiders Motorcycle Club and became one the hottest hangouts of the new custom scene within a very short period of time.
Held in Biarritz, a luxurious seaside town in southwestern France, the festival has become the epitome of a unique type of motorcycle culture in only five years. Festival-goers celebrate a special feeling of freedom which goes beyond the conventions of everyday life. The setting is laid back and the atmosphere is characterized by creativity, individuality and mutual respect. Last year alone, around 10,000 visitors flocked to the Cite l’Ocean on the beach of Biarritz which is also the centerpiece of the festival. Wheels & Waves offers an exciting program including surf competition, art exhibitions, sprint races and ride-aways across the Spanish border.
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Inspired by the past Paris-Dakar Rally heroes and their victorious BMW machines, BMW Motorrad is showing a completely new interpretation of the BMW R nineT perfectly in line the with spirit of the Wheels & Waves Festival. Its name: the BMW Motorrad Concept Lac Rose.
“Since it was first introduced on the market, the BMW R nineT has become a popular bike for customizers and finishers as can be seen at Wheels & Waves. This makes us very proud and spurred us on to create something special for this festival, something no one has seen from us yet”, says Edgard Heinrich, Head of Design at BMW Motorrad explaining the background of the concept bike. “The BMW Motorrad Concept Lac Rose is our laid-back and very individual interpretation of the bike that won the Paris-Dakar Rally in 1985 - fully in line with the spirit of Wheels & Waves and its visitors. It puts the BMW R nineT into an exciting new context and shows what passion for our brand heritage, imagination and a few modifications can achieve.”
Lac Rose is the French name of the rose-colored Retba salt lake, located 35 km North East of Dakar and less than one kilometer from the Atlantic coast. The legendary Paris-Dakar rally ended here following the many strenuous stages through the desert. The podium is located right at the lakeside and the winners receive their awards amid the crowd of enthusiastic fans. The BMW factory machines, modified by the company HPN, rode to victory three times in a row in the middle of the 80s. Gaston Rahier took the third win in 1985 with start number 101.
The BMW Motorrad Concept Lac Rose has the typical features of the former victory bike based on a modern, street-oriented version. Outstanding off-road qualities are consciously omitted.
“Essentially the bike is 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”, says Edgar Heinrich. “It is this combination of customizing, coolness and unconventionality which make this bike so special.”
The windshield with typical rally equipment, the characteristic headlamp design with the high mudguard, a large fuel tank and a short rally seat bench are all reminiscences of the legendary bike. All these elements are responsible for the characteristic horizontal flyline of the BMW G/S bikes of the time, giving the BMW Motorrad Concept Lac Rose its essential proportions. Longer suspension travel as well as spoke wheels with studded tires are as mandatory as the color combination of signal red on alpine white and the start number 101.
The hallmark BMW two-cylinder flat twin engine with shaft drive is located at the center of this well-proportioned bike. It is held in tubular frame with contrasting color design which also harks back to the successful off-road bike.
Elements such as the protective headlamp grille, the oil cooler protector and the distinctively perforated underride guard pick up the uncompromisingly functional design of the race bike and transfer its design features into the modern era. High performance parts as well as exclusively designed details such as the valve covers illustrate BMW’s claim to workmanship and manufacturing quality thereby rounding off the high quality appeal of the BMW Motorrad Concept Lac Rose.
The exclusively designed BMW rider equipment consisting of suit and helmet - based on the BMW enduro helmet - gives the BMW Motorrad Concept Lac Rose design study a further stylish touch.
BMW Motorrad is the main sponsor and is presenting numerous further custom bikes and R nineT conversions in addition to the BMW Motorrad Concept Lac Rose.