From June 11th to 14th 2015, the Wheels & Waves Festival celebrates for the fourth time a unique meeting of custom bikes, surfing and art in Biarritz.
It is an opportunity for people to get together in a unique atmosphere and express their lifestyle of freedom and individuality.
At an event such as this, German motorcycle manufacturer BMW is set to take the limelight with its own interpretation of a scrambler for the first time called the BMW Concept Path 22.
According to Edgar Heinrich the Head of BMW Motorrad Design, "The Concept Path 22 is our own interpretation based on the R nineT. The latter is the perfect basis for a scrambler conversion."
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.
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. The path leading to this spot bears the number 22.
Path 22 is based on the BMW R nineT, customised according to individual preferences. 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 classic circular headlamp, the fuel tank and a short seat ensure clear, agile proportions that are much needed to be a genuine scrambler.
A highlight of the BMW Concept Path 22 is the surfboard holder on the right 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 can be folded down to disappear into the bike's silhouette or else simply dismounted when not required.
It also features other typical scrambler features such as studded tyres, a large front wheel, slightly extended sprint travel and a raised exhaust.
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.
The headlamp pan, fuel tank and mudguards of the BMW Concept Path 22 have the artwork of Ornamental Conifer, 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.