Exciting custom bikes, real characters, the Atlantic coast, arts and music – that is what Wheels & Waves is all about. Within a period of only five years, the festival near Biarritz has become the epitome of a unique type of motorcycle culture.


Here festival visitors celebrate a special feeling of freedom which goes beyond the conventions of everyday life. The setting is laid back and the atmosphere is characterised by creativity, individuality and mutual respect. The deeply engrained passion for motorcycles, both on behalf of organisers and visitors, has made Wheels & Waves a legendary event within a very short time.


Inspired by the past Paris-Dakar Rallye heroes and their victorious BMW machines, BMW Motorrad is showing a completely new interpretation of the BMW R nineT perfectly in line with the spirit of the Wheels & Waves Festival. Its name: the BMW Motorrad Concept Lac Rose.

The original 1985 BMW 101 Dakar Motorcycle

Lac Rose is the French name of the rose-coloured Retba salt lake, located 35 km North East of Dakar and less than one kilometre from the Atlantic coast. The legendary Paris-Dakar rallye ended here following the many strenuous stages through the desert.

_bmw-motorrad-lac_rose_concept_side_profile_lifestyleThe podium is located right at the lakeside and the winners receive their awards amid the crowd of enthusiastic fans. The BMW factory machines, modified by the company HPN, rode to victory three times in a row in the middle of the 80s. Gaston Rahier took the third win in 1985 with start number 101.

I’m not sure if this motorcycle will ever be sold as a production version but it will surely give R nineT owners something to think about. Perhaps it’s time to revisit the past.