"My fetish for motorcycle design began with my admiration for the beautiful BMW R90S. It was 1974. I was a young industrial designer working in Japan when I first saw the bike in a copy of Cycle magazine my parents sent over. It was love at first sight. What an audaciously beautiful and forward-looking piece from such a conservative company! Who would have thought that BMW would do something this radical in one fell swoop: silver smoke paint, bikini fairing, elegant removable side cases, dual front disc brakes, racer-like tail and a clock in the cockpit. All in a tweaked mechanical package that promised to move me very swiftly and comfortably over long distances. I borrowed my friend's bicycle, rode up to the window of a tiny shop in central Tokyo and stared. It just looked right; beautifully proportioned, with strong, simple pinstriped shapes perched atop the rounded, dull, cast-aluminum engine cases. I had to have one.