Oh, there it is!
A Motorrad Magazine reader has captured the first photos of the upcoming 2014 BMW NineT retro roadster. Based around the company's outgoing air/oil-cooled 1,170cc boxer motor, the NineT gains telescopic forks and cafe-ish styling.
A German Moto Guzzi Griso? The two bikes seem very similar in spec: big air-cooled twins with their cylinders poking out to the side, nice telescopic forks, radial brakes, wire wheels, steel tube frames, round headlights and shaft drive.
The NineT (yeesh, that name) celebrates the 92-year history of the German brand. It's the production version of 2008's "Lo Rider" concept bike.
Motorrad says to expect around 80 lb.-ft. of torque, 118 bhp and 460 lbs (wet). They say it'll debut at Germany's Intermot bike show on October 16, 2013.
Beyond the telescopic forks, the greatest departure from BMW tradition is the heavily stylized exhaust. As this bike is all about recapturing vintage emotion, expect it to make quite the racket.