The BMW Motorrad R Nine T-X shows that you can make a sexy superbike with simple geometry

Informed by bold, brutalist design cues found in urban setups and modern architecture, the R Nine T-X takes a different approach to designing a superior two-wheeler. Instead of an overly aggressive design, faceted paneling, brutish chassis, abundance of air-intakes, and saturated color-schemes, the BMW Motorrad R Nine T-X concept opts for simple shapes, a sensible design approach, and subtle palettes. The result is a remarkable bike that’s difficult to ignore. It’s commanding yet unaggressive, and clearly looks like the adult in the room.

An interesting part of the BMW Motorrad R Nine T-X is the way it’s built. Rather than having a standard chassis forming the frame for the entire bike, the R Nine T-X sports a central mass which holds all the bike’s innards, and acts as the supporting element for all of the bike’s parts, including the two wheels which branch out from it, and a snap-on frame that holds the seat/saddle. With a centralized hub so large, it would be pretty safe to assume that the R Nine T-X sports an electric heart, with a large battery pack to drive the beast. Despite its visually commanding central mass, the R Nine T-X is built like a café racer, with a relatively flat upper profile. The seat transitions pretty seamlessly all the way to the headlamp, with tight curves, and a simplistic LCD dashboard tops off the bike concept’s overall simple yet superior looking design.

Designer: Hyun Jik Song