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BMW Makes Bike to Appeal to Young Riders

BMW motorcycles have long been considered chariots for gray-haired commuters and intrepid adventure riders. Yes, the company makes the occasional insane superbike and even built a cruiser for awhile, but the quintessential Beemer (the cars are “Bimmers”) is a globe-trotting workhorse like the R 1200 GS. There’s nothing wrong with that.

But we’re still thrilled that BMW has unleashed the R nineT, the most seductive motorcycle to come out of Bavaria in years, maybe ever. Many props to BMW’s motorcycle design boss Ola Stenegard, a tatted-up Swedish chopper enthusiast. His team has built a brawny, naked bike with retro touches in a bid to attract the younger buyers BMW desperately needs to keep its business growing.

The R nineT nicely balances BMW’s longstanding hallmarks (boxer twin, Paralever shaft drive) with thoroughly modern styling and attitude. The company is planting a flag in territory firmly held by the likes of the Ducati Monster, Triumph Bonneville and the Moto Guzzi V7. And like those bikes, the R nineT looks stunning out of the box. But its beauty lies in the customization potential. The rear pillion is removable of course, and you can adjust the position of the exhaust to suit your tastes. And the rear subframe is held in place with just eight bolts, making it a snap to radically change the bike’s lines from a compact cafe racer to a highway cruiser.

Granted, its $14,900 price tag makes the R nineT a hard sell to young riders with shallow pockets looking for a retro ride, but the bike has garnered a lot of attention from the cruiser and custom scenes, expanding the brand’s base.

For those unconvinced of the R nineT’s ability to appeal to a young, aesthetically minded market, BMW handed four R nineTs to four different bike builders in Japan: Kaichiroh Kurosu of Cherry’s Company, Go Takamine of Brat Style, Shiroh Nakajima of 46 Works, and Hideya Togashi of HIDE Motorcycle. Each builder had six months to make something unique.

Why Japan? “That we were gonna reach out to Japan was always clear,” Stenegard says. “The Japanese scene was always an inspiration to us and the nineT. The guys over there somehow does not seem to buy anything, they just make it themselves. And the level of craftmanship is astonishing!” After drafting up a dream list of Japanese custom builders, BMW sent out the offer to their favorite bike guys. Beyond Stenegard’s expectations, all of them accepted.

Stenegard’s reaction to finally seeing what they had done to his creation: “Overwhelmed. Beyond overwhelmed! I could only drop to my knees in awe!”

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Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam - Netherlands

Nestled along the charming Herengracht Canal, in the heart of the city, Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam is where fine cuisine, personalized service and topnotch amenities meet in a refined, contemporary setting. Accommodation options vary from serene guestrooms and sophisticated lofts to lavishly appointed suites with separate living and sleeping areas. Each room is individually furnished in a gracious contemporary style with classic design influences and modern amenities. One of the hotel’s main attractions is the luxurious Guerlain Spa.

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NU Hotel Brooklyn - New York City, NY, USA

Nestled in the heart of one of New York City’s most creative boroughs, NU Hotel Brooklyn is a reflection of the neighborhood’s originality and thriving art scene. Accommodation is offered in trendy, loft-inspired rooms that range from Urban Suites fitted with contemporary décor, plush bedding, and hi-tech amenities to special guestrooms decorated with cool floor-to-ceiling murals by ingenious Brooklyn-based artists. The design is a fresh mix of style, comfortable simplicity, and quirky details, so expect anything from a blackboard in the bathroom to a swaying hammock in the sleek sitting area.

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Hotel Hugo - New York City, NY, USA

With its stylish, industrial-inspired design, exquisite Italian restaurant, and glamorous rooftop cocktail lounge overlooking the striking New York City skyline, Hotel Hugo is one of SoHo’s most exclusive addresses. Accommodation is offered in refined loft-style suites decorated with bespoke Italian furnishings and luxurious bathrooms.

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Hotel Palafitte - Neuchatel, Switzerland

Picturesquely located on the shores of Lake Neuchâtel, about 30 min from Bern, Switzerland, Hotel Palafitte is Europe’s only overwater bungalow hotel and an architectural gem in its own right. Built for the Swiss Expo.02, it offers deluxe accommodation in tastefully designed on-land suites and exquisite lake pavilions appointed with elegant, contemporary furnishings, stylish bathrooms, and avant-garde technology features. The hotel’s classy restaurant serves refined local cuisine along with magnificent lake views.

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La Piantata - Italy

A charming 18th-century Italian farm wedged between Rome and Tuscany, La Piantata is a paradise for lovers of nature, tranquility, and healthy eating. The property offers boutique style accommodation in various types of units, from tasteful rooms with nature-inspired themes and traditionally decorated apartments with private kitchenettes to spectacular treehouses built in centuries-old pines and oaks. Elevated 7-8 meters off the ground and overlooking endless, sunkissed fields of lavender and olive groves, both treehouses make for wonderful lodging experiences. One of them is a romantic 44 square meter wood cabin with rustic chic interiors, while the other, with its state-of-the-art technology features and exquisite décor by interior designer Claudia Pelizzari, is billing itself as the largest treehouse in Europe.

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Life in #Monaco. Let us help you plan your own bespoke experience in Monaco or any #European destination.

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