BMW’s motorbike division, Motorrad, is celebrating its 90th birthday this year, and the company has issued something special to get into the party mood. In our eyes, BMW motorcycles occupy a special place in the market. Rides from the German brand usually stand out from the crowd as BMW has never been afraid to add a design left ball in there from time to time.

The result has offered plenty of quirky, beautiful, mad, and elegant bikes over the decades, but almost all have been utterly original. Continuing in this vein and living up to the Motorrad tradition is the BMW Concept Ninety, a collaboration between BMW Motorrad and Roland Sands Design (a notorious custom shop). The Concept Ninety tips its hat in homage to the R 90 S superbike that BMW produced in the 1970s, a bike that was one of the fastest on the roads and set the bar on the race circuits around the world.

The R 90 S was also a radical bike in terms of design, offering new takes on aerodynamics which became the standard for a modern generation of superbikes. The BMW Concept 90 follows in this fashion and comes in the same orange color as its inspiration. Boasting aluminum bodywork and a black air-cooled flat-twin boxer engine, the Concept 90 is certainly something we hope will find its way to production.