The Surf Moto: The Endless Summer Ride

With BMW’s Concept Path22, the surf moto has all of a sudden become a very serious thing. And it’s easy to see why.

Motorcycles that carry surfboards combine the two most exhilarating and liberating modes of locomotion. They scream pleasure, and escape, and also, let's go get some waves right now!  

Over the last few years we’ve seen a bunch of builders make these scramblers  with surfboard racks, but now, with BMW entering the game, they’ve gone mainstream…ish. And that’s awesome.

It started, I think, with Deus. The utility of a motorcycle that can haul a board is obvious in a place like Bali, where the company’s Temple of Enthusiasm is based. They even made a movie about trekking up to Noosa on these rigs.

Another version, a 1979 BMW R65 made by Xabi Ithurralde, was featured at the Wheels & Waves festival in Biarritz and on Bike Exif not too long ago. 

Almond and Linus got together to make a slightly toned-down version for the pedaling surfer as well. 

Here in NYC, neither seem like real legitimate options unfortunately. Even though shooting out to Rockaway on a scrambler with a shred-sled lashed to the side sounds awesome, the realities of bike ownership in the city, storing gear while in the water, and the general fickleness of waves here in the Northeast (the best waves being in winter), make it a bit impractical. 

But whatever! If you’ve got the means and desire, do it. There are plenty of rack designs on line and I can’t think of a better way to spend a day. Or, if you live in the islands, Puerto Rico. Southern California, what are you waiting for?