Oct 17, 2013 - 12:49 PM - by NickJ
Sep 12, 2014 - 1:26 PM - by NickJ
For six months, four of Japan’s top custom workshops have been tearing down and rebuilding BMW’s R nineT roadster.
The names will be familiar to most readers—Shiro Nakajima, Brat Style, Hidemo and Cherry’s Company—but until now, the R nineT Custom Project bikes have been hidden behind closed doors.
The results are being revealed this very minute by BMW design chief Ola Stenegärd at the BMW Motorrad Days in Nagano, and we’ve got exclusive images of the builds right here.
It’s a masterclass in the art of customizing bikes, and proof that the Japanese builders are in a league of their own. The craftsmanship, styling and sheer creativity on show is remarkable.
For a quick rundown on each bike, follow the link: BMW R Nine T Custom Project | Bike EXIF
Sep 12, 2014 - 1:22 PM - by NickJ
BMW handed out a dozen of its new retro R nineT motorcycles to some of the world's top customizers and told them to go to town. The results have been mixed. Some are clean, most are staid, and one was downright obscene. And then there's this, the Highway Fighter from Cherry's Company.
As part of its Custom Project Japan, BMW tapped four builders to reinvent the R nine T, and Kaichiro Kurosu's is easily the pick of the litter.
The bodywork is hand-beaten aluminum to render what Kurosu calls its "near future" theme, with the fairings bleeding into the mesh enclosure below the tank and through the rear subframe and seat. The wheels are billet aluminum, sized 18 inches up front and 16 at the rear (up one and down one, respectively, from stock), and the front forks have been dropped by two inches and painted black to round out the stealth aesthetic.
Read the rest and check out more photos here: ?The Highway Fighter Is BMW's R nineT Finally Done Right
Aug 04, 2014 - 11:17 AM - by NickJ
Hungarian designer Tamas Jakus shows a most intriguing creation which creatively blends in two of the iconic names in the vehicle world: BMW and (the now BMW-owned) MINI. The base model for Tamas’ project was the BMW R nineT, but this should not be a surprise for anyone, as this bike seems to gain more and more popularity among both concept designers and modders.
Funny thing that BMW’s air- and oil-cooled engine which by the way, is also about to be phased out, has only now gotten the attention it deserves from the custom community. With the introduction of the R nineT BMW said that this will be the last bike to use the airhead boxer, while the new generations of flat twins will employ the new LC (liquid-cooled) mill. Mysterious ways…
Read more here: MINI Superleggera-Themed BMW R nineT by Jakusa Design Looks Exceedingly Sleek
Jul 08, 2014 - 4:55 PM - by NickJ
Excellent weather and a superb atmosphere at the biggest BMW Motorrad party in 2014. What you missed if you stayed at home.
Munich/Garmisch-Partenkirchen.Anyone who has been to the BMW Motorrad Days at least once is familiar with the basic atmosphere: by day there is a great celebration of motorcycling and at night people on the same wavelength simply celebrate life itself – and both parts are as relaxed and open-minded as is typical of the very best motorcycle parties. This year there were once again some 40,000 two-wheel fans present in Garmisch – the same figure as for the record year 2013.
There was simply something to suit every mood and every kind of motorcycle culture. Those with a rockabilly hairstyle went to see the rock ‘n’ roll bands playing at the Motodrom in the evening. Those in search of party music found it in the beer tent. Those who prefer things to be simple went to see Byron play his guitar by the camp fire.
The trend towards motorcycling as a lifestyle – already clearly in evidence at Hausberg last year – was even more pronounced this time round, with Ace Café, Motodrom and some great BMW conversions reflecting a richly varied motorcycle culture. And in spite of the fact that the show rate at the Motodrom was increased to one every half hour, the shows were full every time.
Old school”You see there’s a growing awareness of this kind of authentic phenomenon”, said Motodrom operator Donald Ganslmeier. “At some point the television gets boring: here spectators can watch at close quarters and see something truly spectacular. I hope we’ll be able to come again next year.”
Mark Wilsmore of Ace Café London would like to come back in 2015, too: “The ride from Glemseck to Garmisch was fantastic: excellent roads, perfect weather. I made sure I brought by rain things with me from London, but I never used them. I hope things work out this way next year: it was a great excuse to have fun.”
New high tech
Mark rode a BMW R nineT on the run from Glemseck – a bike which suited him to a tee both visually and in terms of riding. Guests were able to test ride the nineT as well as all the other current BMW models, but for those who missed out due to the huge interest there was a high-tech solution – the nineT simulator: Oculus Rift VR goggles, headphones, a ventilator and a BMW R nineT to sit on provided such a realistic ride in a 3D film that the user would sometimes hang out into the arms of the onlookers. “This would be great for virtual test rides at dealerships during the winter,” said a BMW helper at the simulator. Or to put it in the words of an 11-year-old test rider: “Again!”
The BMW Concept Roadster was featured on the first floor of the BMW Motorrad exhibition – a show bike that is designed to point the way forward to future BMW roadsters. “It’s a very reduced bike with the masses centred above the front section – just as a roadster should be,” said Edgar Heinrich,... [Read More]
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