2016 BMW Motorrad Concept Lac Rose - 18

The BMW Motorrad R80 G/S, with riders Hubert Auriol and Gaston Rahier, was synonymous with success in the Paris-Dakar Rallye, back in the 80s. To commemorate its victories in the gruelling off-road race, BMW Motorrad is showing the Concept Lac Rose at the Wheels and Waves festival in Biarritz, France.

Based on the BMW Motorrad RnineT, the Concept Lac Rose takes its name from Lake Retba – known as Lac Rose because of its pink water caused by algae – which is about 30 km north-east of the Dakar, the capital of Senegal, and the finishing point of the rally in the 80s.

Taking the basis of the R nineT – the engine and frame – the Motorrad design team added a Dakar-style large fuel tank and racing single-seat, to give the retro-roadster that “rallye” look. Taller suspension with knobby off-road tyres on spoke wheels add to the styling of the Concept Du Lac, all harking back to the original R80 G/S.

The look is completed with a round headlight surrounded by the classic 80s bikini race fairing, oil cooler grille and perforated engine guard. Finned valve covers recall the look of the original R80 G/S, along with Rahier’s “101” racing number.

A custom matching off-road riding suit and enduro helmet complement the look of the Concept Lac Rose. “The BMW Motorrad Concept Lac Rose is our laid-back and very individual interpretation of the bike that won the Paris-Dakar Rallye in 1985,” said Edgard Heinrich, BMW Motorrad’s head of design.