Oct 23, 2020

Enjoy the Ride // Romain Rolus' BMW R nineT

Kelly Kozakowski

Why did you choose your BMW R NineT?
I’m a huge fan of custom bikes. They can be just like us, an extension of us, unique in our own way. The BMW R NineT was a great choice : it is reliable, powerful and offers a lot of custom possibilities.

I bought a 2017 stock BMW R NineT Racer. Then I removed the front part, painted it all black and, in the end, I got a beautiful and unique bike.

sitting on motorcycle

How did you get into riding?
At 8 or 9, my mom bought a Harley Davidson. That was the first time I got on a motorcycle. It was beautiful, powerful, and so big compared to me. I totally fell in love with it, I promised myself that one day I would have one.

Few years ago, I was talking to my mom about that bike she had sold a long time ago. She then showed a picture of me on the bike: I realized it wasn’t that big and actually, it wasn’t a Harley Davidson at all (haha.) The fact is that bike had fascinated me through my child eyes and pushed me to get into riding.

What inspires you to ride?
It doesn’t matter who you are or what you’re riding on;  when you're on a motorcycle, you’re a rider, you’re set apart. You see people on the road whose goal is to get somewhere, while yours is the ride itself. Riding is an unparalleled moment in life when you have the ability to commune with yourself, detached from the world. It’s a way to breathe, to stop time, before getting back to life.

Why did you start your account?
Definitely a passion project. I’m not into photography, but I wanted to share my passion of riding with others. Fortunately for me, I have awesome photographer friends who are behind all those great pictures that I share. Cheers to them for that! You can check their accounts here :
@sergueyorehous @nicolas_rocour

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What would your top tip be for someone getting into riding?
Ride your way. An easy mistake is wanting to follow experienced riders. Always ride at your own pace, don’t exceed your limits, and enjoy the ride.

Tell us about the most exciting adventure you’ve taken on your bike
My best riding experience wasn’t on my bike and that’s actually the point. Two years ago I was on vacation with friends. We rented 125cc bikes and rode for hours along the coast in France. It was beautiful, peaceful, one of my best memories. The most important thing is not what you’re riding on, but who you’re riding with.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our audience?
Here is a quote I fell in love with from the TV show Sons of Anarchy:

« Something happens at around 92 miles an hour. Thunder headers drown out all sound. Engine vibration travels at a heart’s rate. Field of vision funnels into the immediate. And suddenly, you’re not on road, you’re in it, a part of it. Traffic, scenery, cops… just cardboard cutouts blown over as you pass. Sometimes I forget the rush of that. That’s why I love these long runs. All your problems, all the noise, gone. Nothing else to worry about except what’s right in front of you. Maybe that’s the lesson for me today to hold on to these simple moments, appreciate them a little more. »

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