If you rolled out a new café racer or scrambler at
EICMA, you were just as trendy as everyone else.
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Afew minutes on BMW’s stand at this year’s EICMA is a synopsis of the latest trends in the motorcy- cle market. The huge halls of the RHO Fierra were
diligently scoured, booth-by-booth, but it was largely
futile—BMW had everything covered in its own microcosm.
The two prominent and diametrically opposed trends of
super-complex versus back-to-basics were evident across
If BMW stopped doing the odd stuff—funny front ends,
asymmetric features—and just built good, honest motorcycles again, I believe it would be rewarded by higher sales
figures. That has certainly been the case with the R nine T,
which has been a runaway success. Last year’s Scrambler
version expanded the range, while downgrading some
of the componentry, including swapping upside-down
forks and radial brake calipers for cheaper regular units.
This year’s introduction of the even more frugal R nine T
Pure, and the R nine T Racer circle back to Roland Sands’
Concept Ninety from 2013. The final model in the series is
the Urban GS, which harks back to BMW’s very first on/off
adventure bike, the 1980 R 80 G/S. That bike’s recent cult
status is not something I relate to. I bought one new from
the factory in 1983 and bits fell off on a regular basis, so my
own recollection is slightly less rose-tinted.
Brixton, which sounds British, but isn’t, was one of several Asian
companies with scrambler or café racer offerings, or both at EICMA.
> text and photos by Glynn Kerr