The first time the world laid eyes on the BMW R nineT was three years ago—when it was teased as Roland Sands’ blistering Concept 90. Since then, bolt-on nineT parts have been flying out of the Californian workshop.
So we were surprised when we realized that RSD haven’t tackled another ground-up R nineT build since. Until now.
In a different way, RSD’s latest boxer is every bit as retro-fabulous as the Concept 90. That one was a homage to the iconic R 90 S, but this time Roland and his team took inspiration from elsewhere in BMW’s history.
“This started out as a rendering I did based on the 1936 R5,” Roland tells us. “We wanted to draw from the classic, beautiful lines of the early BMW machines.…