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Sportiv: A more muscular BMW R18 from FCR Original

Few new bike launches have been as controversial as the BMW R18. Seeing a German contender in the cruiser market has perplexed many people, and some of the styling touches—such as the fishtail mufflers—have furrowed a few brows. But as multiple road tests have since pointed out, the R18 is a cracking good example of the genre. And custom builders have been quick to whip out the grinders and reconfigure the biggest ever boxer. The latest workshop to tackle the R18 is FCR Original, led by Sé...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Bmw, Alcantara, Sebastien, FCR, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Sébastien Guillemot, FCR Original, BMW R18, Chauvigny Sébastien, Bridgestone Battlecruise


Play Mystic for Me: A BMW R80R scrambler from Warsaw

BMW Motorrad has a few quirky gems in the back catalog—like the early-90s R80R Mystic. As one of the last two-valve boxers before the four-valve ‘1100’ took over, the Mystic bundled some of BMW’s newer tech into a ‘factory custom’ aesthetic that didn’t quite gel. Released as both R80 and R100 versions (depending on your country), the Mystic was sort of a road-going version of the adventure travel R100GS. It borrowed the GS’s tank, seat and burly Paralever swingarm, and it came with 18F/17R tu...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Bmw, Warsaw, Warsaw Poland, Brembo, BMW Motorrad, Monza, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, BMW R80, BMW scrambler, Highsider, Scramblers, Christian Boosen, Bartek Zaranek


BMW R18 by Kingston Custom: An Art Deco Meisterwerk

BMW has wasted no time getting the new R18 into the hands of customizers. Five months ago, before the Bavarian cruiser was even in showrooms, Roland Sands unveiled the low-slung ‘Dragster’ concept. Then a couple of weeks later, Bernhard Naumann of Blechmann revealed an even wilder build. Now it’s the turn of Dirk Oehlerking, who runs Kingston Custom. He’s based in Gelsenkirchen—a six-hour ride from the BMW factory in Berlin—and has built around 17 BMW customs over the past 35 years. This is a...
Tags: Berlin, Motorcycles, Italy, Bmw, Kingston, Pebble Beach, Gelsenkirchen, Dirk, Kellermann, Villa d Este, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Roland Sands, Kingston Custom, Dirk Oehlerking, Blechmann


Overlander: A BMW G/S built for serious adventure travel

Nothing grows knowledge like experience. So the best way to figure out how to design a continent-crossing motorcycle, is to actually cross a continent—then see what works, and what doesn’t. Back in 2016, Matias Corea rode his 1985 BMW R80G/S Paris Dakar from Brooklyn all the way to Ushuaia, in Argentina. Now he’s got another trip planned: a 22,000-mile journey from his native Barcelona to Cape Town in South Africa. So he’s taken the lessons from his first trip, and built his vision of the ult...
Tags: Africa, Barcelona, Brooklyn, South Africa, Motorcycles, Cape Town, Argentina, Bmw, Ushuaia, Dakar, Brembo, Magura, Paris Dakar, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Walt Siegl


Knockout: Bolt’s custom R100RT boxer

A new build from Spain’s Bolt Motor Co. is always a treat. The Valencia-based workshop has a history of high-end racecar preparation, and they like to eke out maximum performance from their two-wheeled builds as well. Shop owner Adrián Campos has a particular affinity for BMW airheads, and his latest creation is based on a 1981 R100RT. That was the touring version of the RS, and in its day, the most expensive production motorcycle you could buy in the States. Bolt have treated this forty...
Tags: Spain, Barcelona, Motorcycles, Ducati, Bmw, Bolt, Valencia, Adrian, Juan, Brembo, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Mikuni, Mahindra Formula E, Hagon, BMW R100


An ice-cool R1200S street tracker from Winterless Craft

A few months ago, we introduced you to Winterless Craft, one of the few custom workshops in the Republic of Korea. Owner Tae Hyeong Ha had just scored a major coup, getting his S&S Shovelhead into the famous Mooneyes Show in Japan. He’s now just finished a BMW R1200S that won’t be going anywhere in the current climate—but we like it even more. This Beemer looks even tastier than a spicy bowl of bibimbap. It’s based on a 2009 R1200S, which was the most powerful BMW sportbike you could buy...
Tags: South Korea, Japan, Motorcycles, Bmw, Seoul, Yamaha, Pirelli, Republic of Korea, Beemer, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Motogadget, Street Tracker, Winterless Craft, Daegun Jung, Daegun


Nightcrawler: A BMW inspired by the F-117 Nighthawk

The BMW K100 used to be one of those ‘awkward’ bikes that are difficult to customize, but that reputation is rapidly disappearing. We’ve seen some brilliant K-series customs lately, and this machine from Germany is one of the best. It’s owned by Murat Can of Beard Brothers, who enlisted the help of designer Ivan Lit for the build. The bodywork is especially striking; it’s inspired partly by the shape of moths, and partly by the angles of stealth jets such as the Lockheed F-117. The tank is...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Germany, US, Motorcycles, Bmw, Lockheed, Karoo, Murat, Magura, TRW, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Motogadget, Wilbers, Samco


R100XE: The BMW R80G/S evolution we deserve

The BMW R80G/S created a new genre of motorcycling when it first appeared, and is considered an icon today. The ‘GS’ designation is still a staple of BMW’s range, but it’s evolved a lot since 1980—both technologically and visually. By 1987, the R100GS already had a very different vibe to its predecessor, and the modern GS machines carry almost none of the original’s DNA. Robert Sabel of Roughchild Motorcycles in California wonders what a modern G/S would look like if that wasn’t the case. Wha...
Tags: California, La, Motorcycles, Bmw, Robert, Brembo, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Rizoma, Motogadget, BMW R80, Cognito Moto, BMW R100, Shorai Lithium, Speedhut, LA Robert


Speed Read, 22 November 2020

A Ducati 848 that pays homage to the classic 750 SuperSport, a lean, mean and green Triumph Thruxton RS, and an easy-going BMW R65 scrambler. Plus news that BSA are set to resume production. Ducati 848 by JC Racing This is only the second Ducati superbike that Frenchman Jérémie Duchampt has customized—but he’s already cracked the code. Starting with a stock 2011-model Ducati 848 Evo, Jérémie decided to build a modern take on the classic 750 SuperSport. This build is a clever mash-up of par...
Tags: UK, Czech Republic, Motorcycles, Ducati, Poland, Bmw, Bsa, Yamaha, Mahindra, Mahindra Group, Dunlop, Oxford England, Heidenau, Gas Oil, BMW motorcycles, Showa


Speed Read, 15 November 2020

A peek at a seriously cool cyberpunk scooter concept from BMW, plus an R100 rescued from the wrecker’s yard in Spain, a gorgeous Guzzi T5 from Italy, and a Suzuki V-Strom clad entirely in wood. Yes, really. BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04 The problem with most compact scooters is the styling. They’re spindly, plastic-y things, and look like they’d splinter into a dozen pieces if dropped. There are a few exceptions though, such as Piaggio’s Vespa brand and the Honda Zoomer—and it looks like B...
Tags: Spain, Motorcycles, Italy, Bmw, Valencia, Ottawa, Scooter, James, Luca, Brembo, Suzuki, Piaggio, Moto Guzzi, Guzzi, BMW motorcycles, Suzuki V Strom


Speed Read, 8 November 2020

Royal Enfield set their sights on the small bike market this week with the new Meteor 350, while Voxan break records with their electric-powered Wattman. Plus Hookie Co. are back with a slick Triumph Bobber Black conversion, Nmoto have a new concept based on a BMW scooter, and a Triumph Trackmaster replica has just sold for new bike money. Triumph Bobber Black by Hookie Co. The German shop Hookie Co. have been pretty busy. Last week, we featured a Triumph T120 from them—now we’re looking a...
Tags: Europe, Florida, UK, India, Motorcycles, Bmw, Portland Oregon, Tony Hayward, Google Maps, Dresden, Henderson, Alcantara, Barnes, Enfield, Biaggi, BMW motorcycles


Speed Read, 25 October 2020

News from two major OEMs this week, as BMW Motorrad update the R nineT, and Honda release a new Grom. Plus we’ve got a sharp BMW R1200R custom from Deus, a Yamaha XS650 from Colt Wrangler, and a look at a new fat-tired utility bike that’s about to hit the market. BMW update the R nineT The R nineT‘s been a success for BMW, so it’s just been updated with a host of small yet significant changes. The biggest news is that its boxer motor is now Euro5 compliant, thanks to engine changes based a...
Tags: Europe, Japan, Dave, Motorcycles, Bmw, Jeremy, HRC, Honda, Exif, Yamaha, Alcantara, Brembo, BMW Motorrad, Marc, Kellermann, Honda Motorcycles


Federal x trashhand: Chicago’s finest bond over a BMW

Sometimes, a strange sequence of events sparks a lasting friendship. In this story, a sketchy eBay purchase and a work commission led the talented Chicago photographer trashhand to a local custom motorcycle workshop, Federal Moto. That connection led to a rock-solid relationship, built on mutual respect and trust—and this custom BMW motorcycle. It all started when trashhand bought a 1979 BMW R100/7 from an eBay seller in California. “The bike had some work done, so it was about half way t...
Tags: Facebook, California, Ebay, Chicago, Motorcycles, Bmw, Avon, Mike, Buchanan, CNC, PIAA, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Federal Moto, Motogadget, Suzuki GSX R


On Sale Now: The 2021 Bike EXIF Motorcycle Calendar

The world’s most prestigious motorcycle calendar is back. The 2021 edition of the famous Bike EXIF wall calendar showcases 13 incredible new customs from builders such as Rough Crafts, deBolex Engineering, K-Speed, Workhorse Speedshop, and Untitled Motorcycles—the creators of the radical Zero XP. This year, we’re producing it with the help of Iron & Air magazine. The cover star is provided by AMD Championship winner Zillers Garage: A BMW R nineT with pneumatic suspension, it’s one of the m...
Tags: Australia, Motorcycles, New Zealand, Amd, Exif, Yamaha, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, BMW R nineT, Octane Press UK, Iron Air, BMW cafe racer, Andrew Stagg, Harley XLCR, Cafe racers, Cardsharper Customs Honda


The BMW G650 Xcountry reimagined as a street tracker

If you ask us, the BMW G650 Xcountry was ahead of its time. First released in 2007, it encapsulated the tracker vibe that’s so hot right now—but the market wasn’t ready, and it wasn’t a big seller. So BMW soon dropped it from their lineup, along with the other two G650X models. Which is a real pity, because it’s a cracking bike; a compact 652 cc thumper that makes 53 hp and 60 Nm, and weighs 344 lbs wet. And with its pseudo-retro styling, it would sit nicely in the mix between bikes like the ...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Ducati, Bristol, Bmw, Georg, Holger, Gelsenkirchen Germany, LSL, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Leo Vince, Street Tracker, BMW scrambler, Scramblers, Georg Godde


Boxer Racer: North East Custom’s BMW R1150R Rockster

Does anyone remember the BMW R1150R Rockster? It was an attempt by BMW to inject some edginess into their capable but somewhat vanilla R1150R. So they gave it squinting headlights, a wider rear wheel, a hazard tape livery… and an unfortunate name. It was good enough to turn heads and agile enough to be a fun ride, but it also dated really quickly. So when the owner of this particular 2003-model Rockster decided it was time for an upgrade, he he had no qualms about ditching the quirky styling,...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Bmw, Pirelli, North East, Diego, Padua Italy, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Motogadget, Riccardo, North East Custom, Riccardo Coppiello, Rockster, BMW cafe racer, Cafe racers


TOMA #22: A BMW R1150GS for an expert adventure rider

At the risk of stating the obvious, some bikes are easier to customize than others. Pick a Triumph Bonneville or Harley Sportster, and you’ve got decades of knowledge to plunder on the forums. Choose a BMW R nineT and you’ll find lots of bits that come off without a grinder. And if you’ve got a Yamaha SR in your garage, there are literally thousands of parts available via Japanese online marketplaces. If you want to make your life really difficult, though, a BMW GS is the bike for you. Even t...
Tags: France, Motorcycles, Brussels, Bmw, Thomas, Yamaha, Dakar, Bernard, Stéphane Peterhansel, Toma, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Harley Sportster, Braine, BMW scrambler, Adrien Van Beveren


Multinational: A British Racing Green BMW from California

Any project worth doing has a few challenges along the way. This tidy BMW R75/5 started out as a true basket case, and took almost five years to complete—but judging by the results, it was time well spent. The builder, Josh Withers, agrees. He’s a photographer based in Culver City, California, who tinkers on old airheads when he’s not shooting. And now that he’s finally wrapped up work on the BMW, he’s pleased to report it’s “completely sorted, and a blast to ride.” “A guy from Michigan c...
Tags: California, Motorcycles, Italy, Michigan, Bmw, Josh, Culver City California, Bates, Denali, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Motogadget, Restomod, BMW scrambler, BMW R75, Scramblers


The enigmatic Blechmann builds a custom R18 for BMW

The BMW R18 hasn’t officially hit the streets yet, but that hasn’t stopped BMW Motorrad from getting the hulking 1800 cc cruiser out to customizers. This latest R18 is the work of the reclusive Austrian craftsman Blechmann, and it’s the most offbeat example we’ve seen so far. Blechmann is the alias of Bernhard Naumann, who lives in the small village of Neustift, near the Austrian-Hungarian border. It loosely translates into ‘tin man,’ which is a nod to his forte: metal shaping. He’s collabora...
Tags: Motorcycles, Bmw, Kellermann, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Blechmann, Neustift, BMW R18, Bernhard Naumann


Is it time BMW offered an R nineT ‘Dakar’ variant?

When it comes to racing, BMW is all about superbikes these days. But until the turn of the century, the Bavarians were pretty successful offroad too. BMW pilots such as Hubert Auriol and Gaston Rahier were regulars on Paris-Dakar Rally podiums. BMW doesn’t lean too heavily on its Dakar history, but it’s a popular theme for custom builders. And this very smart Urban G/S from Thailand makes us wish that BMW would build something similar—a spiritual follow-up to the F650GS Dakar launched 20 yea...
Tags: Thailand, Motorcycles, Paris, EK, Bmw, Bangkok, Exif, Dakar, Dakar Rally, Wunderlich, Paris Dakar, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, BMW R nineT, Hubert Auriol, USA Italy


Good Ghost: Kingston Customs’ extraordinary BMW R100

Dirk Oehlerking has a portfolio of incredible builds, but there are two machines that stand out. They are the White Phantom and Black Phantom—two classic BMW boxers, with exquisite hand-formed bodywork and an unusual art deco vibe. Dirk refers to his Phantoms as “two that belong together, like Yin and Yang.” But those two have now become three, as another Phantom rolls out of the Kingston Custom workshop in Gelsenkirchen. The ‘Good Ghost’ is a remarkable build that takes cues from its sibling...
Tags: Motorcycles, Dallas, Bmw, Kingston, Gelsenkirchen, Yang, Dirk, Haas, Yin, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, BMW R100, Bobby Haas, Fehling, Kingston Custom, Kingston Customs


Modern Klassiker: A BMW R60/5 ready for another 50 years

Motorcycles have come a long way in the last half century, but for some folks, the allure of old machines is too hard to resist. The owner of this early 70s BMW R60/5, Wolfgang, has a much newer R1200GS parked in his garage. But when it was time to take a road trip, he picked the classic boxer over the globetrotting GS. To make sure his aging Beemer was up to the task, Wolfgang reached out to Ralf Eggl at Woidwerk for a makeover. Based in the small river town of Viechtach in Bavaria, Ralf’s a...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Bmw, Wolfgang, Kawasaki Ninja, Ralf, Beemer, BMW motorcycles, Classic Motorcycles, Wilbers, Restomod, Woidwerk, Ralf Eggl, Viechtach, BMW R60, Bavaria Ralf


Exklusiv! The first custom based on the factory BMW R18

Before the BMW R18 officially broke cover, the Bavarian marque teased us with concepts and customs that showcased the whopping 1,802 cc power plant. The monstrous boxer is now almost ready to hit showrooms, so we’re getting a look at the first custom based on the final production R18. And not surprisingly, it’s a dragster. BMW Motorrad commissioned the build from California-based Roland Sands Design. The two companies go way back, and RSD are responsible for a number of parts in the R18’s aft...
Tags: California, Motorcycles, Bmw, Chris Wood, BMW Motorrad, BMW motorcycles, Roland Sands, RSD, Racing Motorcycles, Nitrous Express, BMW R18


Ricky 800: Imagining a Rickman BMW R80 desert racer

The world’s first big-bore dual sport, the BMW R80G/S, broke cover forty years ago. Born from off-road competition, it soon dominated at the Paris-Dakar rally, before going on to become an icon of adventure motorcycling. But there’s one arena it never really featured in: the Californian desert. The G/S missed the heyday of the Californian desert racing scene by a decade or two. So it wasn’t even a concept when the Rickman Brothers‘ Triumph- and BSA-powered Metisse scramblers hit the scene. H...
Tags: UK, Germany, Spain, Motorcycles, Bmw, Continental, Bsa, Bosch, Rickman, Ricky, CNC, Magura, Jens, Kellermann, Paris Dakar, LSL


Monza: WalzWerk’s best BMW cafe racer yet?

Most custom builders are low-volume guys. It’s often a sideline to a day job, or part of a wider operation selling parts. But there are a handful of companies that have a veritable production line, and in Europe, one of those is WalzWerk. “We build around 50 of our ‘Schizzo’ BMWs per year, which is one bike per week,” says founder Marcus Walz. “All the bikes—the Roadster, Cafe Racer, Scrambler and Bobber—are based pretty much on the same concept.” “But once a year we build a very special S...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Motorcycles, Italy, Bmw, Marcus, Yamaha, Brembo, CNC, Monza, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Motogadget, Shinko, BMW R100, Marcus Walz


Dark Matter: A blacked-out BMW R80 bobber from Untitled

Untitled Motorcycles is not your standard custom outfit. Output is hardly prolific, but the bikes invariably create ripples. And the founders operate in separate workshops, five thousand miles apart—in London and San Francisco. This BMW comes from the London outpost, helmed by Adam Kay. And although he’s an experienced builder (with a Masters in sculpture from the Royal College of Art to boot), it was a challenge. “The donor was one of the worst bikes we’ve ever seen,” says Adam. “A full-o...
Tags: London, San Francisco, Motorcycles, Bmw, Matt, Royal College of Art, Adam, Brembo, Heidenau, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Motogadget, BMW R80, Untitled Motorcycles, Adam Kay, Glenn Moger


M Power: Giving the BMW K100RS a modern edge

A few years ago, building a cafe racer usually meant imbuing it with a sense of nostalgia. But these days, the custom scene is just as much about modernizing older motorcycles. So we’re seeing more and more builds that combine sharp lines and a sense of minimalism, with performance upgrades matched to ‘neo-retro’ looks. This deft BMW K100 from Motocrew, the one-man custom shop of Chris Scholtka, is a textbook example of the trend. Based in Cottbus, southeast of Berlin, Chris is a firefighter ...
Tags: Germany, Berlin, Motorcycles, Bmw, Chris, Alcantara, Suzuki, Cottbus, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Motogadget, Shinko, BMW K100, GSX R, BMW cafe racer, Chris Scholtka


Unkonventionell: Eastern Spirit Garage’s BMW R80

Eastern Spirit Garage is probably Poland’s premier custom workshop. But they focus on quality over quantity, with fewer than a dozen builds over the last seven years. Shop boss Sylwester has picked up the pace a little recently, though. Three months ago he revealed an amazing XS650 bobber, and he’s now just thrown the wraps off this most unconventional BMW R80. It’s not your typical R-series custom, and despite the sleek finish and perfect stance, Sylwester admits that it was a struggle. “...
Tags: Motorcycles, Poland, Bmw, Warsaw, Daytona, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, BMW R80, Eastern Spirit Garage, Sylwester, BMW cafe racer, Cafe racers, Sylwester `` Marcin, Mikunis


Gentleman’s Express: Revival’s ‘BMW R90Esq’ restomod

The custom scene is replete with R-series BMWs, but they still split opinion. Purists say they’re classics that should be kept original; others are happy to whip out a grinder and get to work. This tasteful BMW restomod from Revival Cycles should be enough to satisfy both camps. You’d be forgiven for thinking this airhead is the iconic R90S, but you’d be wrong. It’s actually a R90/6, the roadster cousin to the sportier S, given a hefty dose of S style. As BMW’s first ‘superbike,’ the R90S...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Dell, Bmw, Ama, Austin Texas, Rick, Lester, Brembo, Monza, Goodridge, EBC, Oberon, LSL, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles


Custom Bikes Of The Week: 17 May, 2020

The almost forgotten BMW R1150R gets a makeover from the Austrian shop NCT. Plus news of a Ducati Scrambler design contest, and a bespoke luxury roadster from New Zealand. The Engrich motorcycle New Zealand has a long tradition of bike building and engineering ingenuity, with John Britten being the name that most remember. That tradition is alive and well, and this custom-built machine destined for small-run production is the latest example. The ‘Engrich ART’ motorcycle is powered a fully ...
Tags: US, Austria, Porsche, Motorcycles, Ducati, New Zealand, Nice, Pasadena, TIG, Brembo, CNC, Stan, Harkins, NCT, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles



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