BMW Concept Path 22 Is a Surf-Ready R nineT

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We're not exactly sure about the looks on the face of a German cop when he sees a BMW Concept Path 22 rolling down the street, and we're not even sure one would actually be allowed to take this concept to public roads, but one thing is certain: it will not pass unnoticed.
The Wheels & Waves Festival at Biarritz saw BMW unveiling the Concept Path 22, a bike that takes the basic R nineT deeper into the custom scene territory in an unconventional way that's a "love it or hate it" affair.

Path 22 got its name after a special surf beach in southern France. The spot is impossible to reach by car, and those who want to get they feet wet in the Atlantic on that particular beach have to take a path bearing the number 22, a half an hour walk through one of Europe's biggest pine forests.

Motorcycles are a symbol of freedom

BMW Concept Path 22 epitomizes unaltered freedom and blends in the motorcycle world with a specific lifestyle whose very guidelines inspired the creators of the bike itself.

The build was completed with massive input from Roland Sands, one of the designers with a major influence over the R nineT itself, but the concept was also shaped by the organizers of the Wheels & Waves, the Southsiders MC, the artist Ornamental Conifer and surfboard expert Mason Dyer of Dyer Brand.

Stripped down to the essentials, the BMW Concept Path 22 ditches all unnecessary parts in favor of sharp-looking functional add-ons. The standard dash was replaced by a minimalist one from Motogadget, matching the exclusive stainless steel Akrapovic high-mounted scrambler-style dual-can exhaust and the metal mesh headlight protector screen.

The stitched leather seat and the tail section are custom parts, just like contrast-cut aluminium wheels created by BMW specially for this project. They are the perfect complement for the contrast-cut RSD covers and other similar bolt-on hardware.

Other high-performance parts arrive from Ohlins and Gilles Tooling while the one-of-a-kind artwork, with matching jackets, is signed by Nico Sclater, alias the Ornamental Conifer. The surfboard carrier was crafted from machined aluminium and leather, and can be folded down
to disappear into the silhouette of the Concept Path 22 when not in use.

How well would an 1,170 cc boxer engine bike fare on true scrambler paths remains a mystery that will be solved when BMW rolls out their first R nineT scrambler.
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