Munich/Biarritz. From June 11th - 14th 2015, the Wheels & Waves Festival celebrates for the fourth time a unique meeting of custom bikes, surfing and art in Biarritz. The festival is a great event that provides a straightforward opportunity for people to get together in a unique atmosphere and express their lifestyle of freedom and individuality. In this special setting, BMW Motorrad presents the BMW interpretation of a scrambler for the first time: the BMW Concept Path 22.
Expression of a Lifestyle.
The first scramblers in the 1950s were modified road machines with
deep-treaded tyres, somewhat increased spring travel and a raised
exhaust for off-road riding. These features gave the bikes a
characteristic appearance that came to symbolise an attitude. "A
scrambler is the perfect match for Wheels & Waves. It's the epitome
of a motorcycle beyond established standards and conventions.
Performance specifications are not so much of interest - style and
originality all the more so. Scramblers express passion and are as
varied as their owners. The Concept Path 22 is our own interpretation
based on the R nineT. The latter is the perfect basis for a scrambler
conversion", explains Edgar Heinrich, Head of BMW Motorrad Design.
Cooperation with Southsiders MC, Ornamental Conifer and Dyer Brand.
BMW Concept Path 22 is the result of a collaboration that goes far
beyond the motorcycle itself. At the initiative of the Wheels &
Waves organisers, the motorcycle club Southsiders MC - in particular
their member Vincent Prat - BMW Motorrad invited the artist Ornamental
Conifer and the surfboard shaper Mason Dyer of Dyer Brand to design the
BMW Concept Path 22 together. "Based on our scrambler interpretation, we
wanted to create a kind of projection of the particular blend of people
and cultures to be found at Wheels & Waves. And we found the
perfect partners to do just this. The BMW Concept Path 22 captures
everything that makes the Wheels & Waves people, festival and
lifestyle so special", says Edgar Heinrich. For this reason, the BMW
scrambler interpretation is presented to Wheels & Waves Festival
visitors in its own distinctive paint finish complete with BMW leather
jackets designed especially by Ornamental Conifer and two surf boards
created exclusively by Dyer Brand. All these various facets go together
to reflect the creative scene that assembles every year at Wheels
& Waves - a constantly growing community.
The name "Path 22" refers to one of the insider secrets among
Europe's surf spots. This particular stretch of beach is inaccessible to
cars, located on the Atlantic coast of southern France, half an hour's
walk through one of Europe's biggest pine forests. The path leading to
this spot bears the number 22.
The Motorcycle – The Expression of Freedom.
BMW Concept Path 22 stands for freedom – freedom of thought and its
expression. There are no boundaries. Whatever you like is allowed - as
at the Wheels & Waves-Festival. The Concept Path 22 is based on
the BMW R nineT, which we see as the epitome of a custom bike. It is
actually designed to be modified - customised according to individual
preferences. The idea of a BMW scrambler is not new to us. Now seemed to
be the right time to present our interpretation of this legendary
vehicle concept," says Ola Stenegard, Head of BMW Motorrad Vehicle
Design. At the heart of the BMW Concept Path 22, there is a powerful
two-cylinder boxer engine with cardan drive - as is typical of BMW. The
single-sided swing arm makes the five-spoke rear wheel visible, again a
familiar BMW feature. The remainder of the bike is equally genuine and
down-to-earth. The classic circular headlamp, the fuel tank and a short
seat ensure clear, agile proportions. The body finishes visually above
the rear hub, thereby promising versatile handling. Typical scrambler
features such as studded tyres, a large front wheel, slightly extended
sprint travel and a raised exhaust mean the bike moves effortlessly over
gravel and sand. These elements also create a striking appearance,
instantly suggesting the kind of experience the BMW Concept Path 22 is
able to offer.
Riding fun in its most original form.
The BMW Concept Path 22
is stripped down to the essentials. Every element and surface has a
function. At the same time, each detail expresses both aesthetic appeal
and consummate craftsmanship. In addition to the rustic elements such as
the studded tyres and the protective grid in front of the headlamp,
there are also high-end details such as the stitched leather seat, the
handles with leather inserts and the typical scrambler-style Akrapovic
tailpipes in high-quality stainless steel that add a touch of exclusive
flair. High performance parts by Öhlins and Gilles Tooling, clever
solutions such as direction indicators integrated in the handlebar ends,
the MotoGadget instrument panel and the contrastcut milled parts
created by Roland Sands Design further emphasise the bike's quality
detail. The milled aluminium wheels - likewise contrastcut - were
produced exclusively by BMW Motorrad, rounding off the motorcycle's
minimalist appearance in top-class style. All parts of the concept bike
are necessary essentials and offer the very best quality. In this way,
the BMW Concept Path 22 perfects the art of reduction and harks back to
the very essence that gives motorcycling its underlying appeal: the
unity of man and machine.
Artwork by Ornamental Conifer.
The headlamp pan, fuel tank and
mudguards of the BMW Concept Path 22 bear the artwork of Ornamental
Conifer, alias Nico Sclater. He has been part of the Wheels &
Waves movement for a long time and is co-founder of the scene's graphic
identity. Stylised lettering and graphic ornamentation are key to his
work. The mischievous style of his typography is typically combined with
profound and pithy puns. In addition to his work on vehicles, signs and
windows, Nico Sclater is especially famous for his graphic enhancement
of leather jackets. He not only created the concept bike's special paint
finish but also painted a number of exclusive BMW leather jackets for
the Concept Path 22 team- each one a unique specimen.
Riding the Waves – boards by Dyer Brand.
A particular highlight
of the BMW Concept Path 22 is the surfboard holder on the right-hand
side. Specially developed by BMW Motorrad, it is as reduced, functional
and high-quality as the bike itself. Made solely of machined aluminium
and leather, it is highly variable and can be adapted to different board
sizes. When not required it can be folded down to disappear into the
bike's silhouette or else simply dismounted. The boards to suit the
holder were made by no less than leading shaper Mason Dyer himself of
Dyer Brand in San Diego. He is famous for his high-quality custom boards
that draw their inspiration from the 1950s and 1960s. Dyer has made two
custom boards exclusively for the BMW Concept Path 22: a longboard
(9'4) reminiscent of the period when scramblers first emerged and a
shortboard (6'8) which meets the needs of modern surfers.
The graphic design of the bike, jackets and surfboards express
individual style and creativity. Each one a unique specimen, they also
feature a matching colour scheme. This gives every element its own
distinctive character while highlighting the core of the Wheels &
Waves philosophy once again: joining together to celebrate Surf, Art,
Motorcycles and the Freedom to do it your way.
First read on ottonero.blogspot.co.uk