BMW Path 22 Takes Surfer Style to The Road
BMW has introduced a new concept motorcycle that offers a unique take on the R Nine T with a very specific audience in mind. The bike is called the Path 22 and it's designed to appeal to surfers with a very retro '50s style. The scramblers of the 1950s were modified with deep-treaded tires, increased spring travel, and raised exhausts to better suit them to rugged off-road use. BMW aimed to recapture this unique style with the Path 22. Even the name has a surfer heritage. It refers to a secret stretch of beach on the southern coast of France that can only be reached after a half hour walk through a pine forest. There's even a collapsible bracket on the side of the bike designed to hold surf boards by Dyer Brand. RELATED: See a Vintage BMW Motorcycle and Surfboard Combo
The Path 22 has a 2-cylinder boxer engine with cardan drive and a single-sided swing arm that makes the five-spoke rear wheel visible. There's a classic circular headlamp and a short, stitched-leather seat to keep it maneuverable. Stainless steel Akrapovic tailpipes, high performance parts by Öhlins and Gilles Tooling, MotoGadget instrument panel, and milled parts by Roland Sands Design finish the look.
The bike was introduced at the Wheels & Waves Festival in Biarritz, France so they chose artist Ornamental Conifer aka Nico Sclater to lend his talents to it. He is an integral member of the Wheels & Waves movement whose work can be found on vehicles, signs, and leather jackets at the event.
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