BMW Motorrad introduces Path 22 concept

Based on the R nineT, the Path 22 concept is BMW Motorrad\'s first-ever scrambler.

BMW Motorrad - the automaker's bike-building division - has introduced a new concept called Path 22. Named after one of Europe's best-hidden surf spots, the Path 22 is BMW Motorrad's first-ever scrambler, a type of bike designed to go off the beaten path.

The Path 22 is based on the R nineT, a highly-customizable roadster. It features a protective grille on the front light, a long-travel suspension, studded tires wrapped around machined alloy wheels and raised exhaust pipes. Scramblers have always stood out as function-oriented, minimalist bikes, and the Path 22 reflects that with turn signals neatly integrated into the handles.

Since the Path 22 was designed to go surfing, BMW has installed a custom-designed surfboard holder on the right side of the bike. Crafted out of machined aluminum and leather, it can adapted to hold two surfboards regardless of whether they're short- or long-boards. Artwork by Ornamental Conifer adds a finishing touch to the concept.

BMW has not published technical details, but it's safe to assume the Path 22 packs a R nineT-sourced 1.2-liter air-cooled flat-twin engine rated at 110 horsepower at 7,500 rpm and 88 lb-ft. of torque at 6,000 rpm. The twin is bolted to a six-speed transmission.

What the future holds for the BMW Path 22 is up in the air. It could be a simple design study, or it could accurately preview BMW's first-ever regular-production scrambler.

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