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This BMW R nineT is a homage to Rickman Métisse

In the world of vintage desert sleds, the Rickman Triumph Métisse reigns supreme. It was a pretty legit scrambler in its day, and also one of best-looking motorcycles from that era. For VTR Customs boss Dani Weidmann, though, there’s an even deeper connection. Back in the 80s, 17-year-old Dani took an apprenticeship at a company called Meier & Lutziger—the Swiss importer of Rickman frames and parts. Dani fell in love with the classy design of these throwback sleds. When the VTR Customs cr...
Tags: Motorcycles, Bmw, Scrambler, Continental, Rickman, Dani, Stefano, Magura, VTR, Kellermann, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, BMW R nineT, Wilbers, Brauchli, VTR Customs


Vagabund’s R nine T custom comes with official approval

Most of us take it for granted that we can modify our bikes. As long as the VIN number is correct and the modifications are not visibly unsafe, there’s rarely a problem. But in some countries, the regulations are real tough. Several territories in Southeast Asia make it virtually impossible to register a custom bike. And in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, there’s the notorious TÜV system. TÜV requires official approval for almost every modified part fitted to a bike. The frame cannot be...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Southeast Asia, Austria, Motorcycles, Bmw, PAUL, Remus, Graz, Germany Switzerland, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, BMW R nineT, Rizoma, Stefan Leitner, Vagabund Moto


A Cautionary Tale: Inheriting a BMW R100GS project

Love ’em or hate ’em, BMW’s GS behemoths have dominated the ADV market for almost four decades now. Five years ago, the 500,000th GS rolled off the Berlin production line, and we’re betting it won’t be long before the go-anywhere boxer hits the million mark. We don’t see many GS customs, though. These machines are a triumph of function over form, and most owners like it that way. So this R100GS is something of a rarity—and its backstory is rather strange too. It belongs to Hasselblad Mas...
Tags: Berlin, Motorcycles, Bmw, Portland Oregon, Denver, Brembo, KTM, Woody, Walt, Gregor, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Walt Siegl, BMW R100, Gregor Halenda, BMW scrambler


It’s A Keeper: A K series built for a footballing legend

When one of Spain’s most legendary goalkeepers wanted a hot steed based on a BMW K series ‘brick,’ he knew just the team to call: Bolt Motor Co. of Valencia. Andrés Palop, known for his penalty-stopping prowess at Sevilla FC, approached Bolt boss Adrián Campos with a simple brief for a custom build; clean lines, a bit of a dark feeling, and some red touches. Adrián and his team are known for their ability to produce clinically clean customs from unlikely platforms. This time they chose a 1...
Tags: Spain, Motorcycles, Bolt, Sevilla FC, Adrian, Pirelli, Brembo, Beemer, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Ducati Monster, Bolt Motor Co, Adrián Campos, Bolt Motor Company, BMW cafe racer, Valencia Andrés Palop


New from Diamond Atelier: The ‘Groot’ BMW scramblers

In the premier league of custom builders, Diamond Atelier’s place is secure. The sleek creations of the Munich workshop look better than most factory-built show bikes—and they’re perfectly usable too. But Tom Konecny and Pablo Steigleder don’t just design one-offs. Their ‘Mark II’ BMW café racers are in limited production, offering a faster and more affordable way to obtain that Diamond Atelier magic. And they’ve now just launched another ‘family’ of limited production BMWs, a series of styli...
Tags: Facebook, Munich, Motorcycles, Bmw, Scrambler, Continental, Tom, CNC, Pablo, Tony Stark, Viktoria, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Mikuni, Motogadget, Hedon


Shitanes 61: VTR Customs’ outrageous BMW R nineT

There’s a lot to be said for elegance and subtlety. And there’s also a time and place for going completely over the top. Dani Weidmann and his crew at the Swiss shop VTR Customs can play it both ways. This time, they’ve turned the volume up to 11 and built a BMW R nineT that’s about as subtle as an AC/DC riff. It’s got 136 hp, a stonking 145 Nm of torque, and it’s called ‘Shitanes 61’—a reference to the famous Gitanes motor racing livery from the 1980s. The story starts at the last Swiss ...
Tags: Motorcycles, Michelin, Bmw, Dani, Monza, Magura, VTR, Kellermann, Equipe Ligier, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Café Racer, BMW R nineT, VTR Customs, Dani Weidmann, Benken


Setting the bar: UFO Garage’s BMW R100R cafe racer

We’re always on the hunt for custom motorcycles that push boundaries. So if you’re going to tread familiar territory, you better do an exceptional job of it. This right here is a classic BMW cafe racer—a genre that’s quite frankly been done to death. But unlike ninety percent of the airhead cafés we see, this R100R from Spain is perfectly balanced, amazingly well finished, and devoid of clichés. It’s the work of Efraón Triana at UFO Garage, a builder with exceptional taste. He turned a mo...
Tags: Facebook, Spain, Motorcycles, Bmw, Alcantara, Daytona, Brembo, Suzuki GSX, BMW motorcycles, Café Racer, Harley Sportster, Biltwell Inc, Hagon, BMW R100, GSX R, Efraón Triana


‘Goes Like Corn Through a Goose’: UCC’s BMW R1200R

The custom scene event calendar has boomed over the last few years. For fans like us, it means more opportunities to bask in the glow of custom moto culture. But for builders, it means extra deadlines, as they scramble to release new work at key shows. For Ronna Norén of the legendary Swedish shop Unique Custom Cycles, Glemseck 101 is the show. He uses it each year as the perfect excuse to kick out a new custom build. Although UCC made their name building choppers, Ronna is also skilled at...
Tags: Motorcycles, Bmw, Magura, UCC, Hakan, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Rizoma, Ronna Noren, Ronna, Unique Custom Cycles, Benna, Stockholm county, Glemseck, Håkan Lindberg, Jenny Jurnelius


Fahrenheit 160: Renard’s Smokin’ BMW Bobber

We’ve seen so many bad BMW customs—and sketchy bobbers—that hearing both words in one sentence makes us nervous. But the Estonian outfit Renard Speed Shop never disappoints. They’ve knocked this BMW bobber out of the park, and straight into orbit. The key to Renard’s success is twofold. They have an incredibly keen eye, and they have a near fanatical dedication to details. This handsome bobber started out as a classic BMW R100, brought over from Germany—but there’s not much of the original ma...
Tags: Germany, Motorcycles, Bmw, Firestone, Brembo, Andres, Renard, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Motogadget, BMW R100, Andres Uibomäe, Renard Speed Shop, Bobber Motorcycles


A fresh spin on the airhead BMW custom from Vagabund

Vagabund Moto have built some of the sharpest BMW airheads we’ve seen. They’ve developed a signature style too: custom boxers with stark, futuristic lines, and amazing attention to the tiniest of design details. But the Austrian builders Paul Brauchart and Philipp Rabl don’t want to be pigeonholed into one style. They’ve decided to change it up, since they often find themselves working with very similar donor bikes. “We try to not stand still in our designs,” says Paul. “If you mostly do B...
Tags: Facebook, Austria, Motorcycles, Bmw, Honda, PAUL, Brooks, CNC, Philipp, LSL, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Motogadget, BMW R100, Dnepr, Vagabund Moto


Custom Bikes Of The Week: 9 December, 2018

A pair of BMW R NineT customs channeling the past and the future, a glorious Rickman Metisse, and an all-time classic Honda race bike. It’s a mixed bag this week. Rickman Metisse by Chelsea Borchert The Rickman Metisse is the quintessential desert sled, and one of the most iconic motorcycles ever. It was developed by the Rickman brothers in England in the early 60s, as a kit that could be ordered to fit the owner’s motor of choice (which, more often than not, was a 650 cc Triumph twin). Bu...
Tags: England, London, Chelsea, Motorcycles, Graham, Honda, Istanbul, Wasp, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Aurora, Rickman, Mehmet, Ural, SEB, Mark Atkinson


Two new vintage style motorcycles from 46Works

It’s around this time of year that all the top Japanese builders release their latest customs. Many workshops have spent weeks burning the midnight oil to get a bike ready for display at the Yokohama show, but Shiro Nakajima of 46Works has been even busier than most—he’s just revealed two amazing new builds. We’ve been following Nakajima-san’s work very closely over the years, going back to his days as CEO of Ritmo Sereno, Japan’s premier BMW and Moto Guzzi restomod outfit. So when he told us ...
Tags: Facebook, Usa, California, US, Porsche, Motorcycles, Ducati, Bmw, Honda, Aston Martin, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Brembo, Bates, Ouml, Yokohama


On the ground at Mooneyes: BMW unveils a 1800 cc custom

We’re in constant awe of the Japanese custom motorcycle scene. Our compadres in the Land of the Rising Sun have an approach to customization that’s as unique as their culture—hallmarked by unrivalled levels of creativity and craftsmanship. But thanks to geographic and linguistic limitations, it’s a world we mostly admire from afar. The Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show is the best of Japan’s custom moto (and hot rod) scene, distilled down to a potent one-day hit. And last Sunday, I was there to ta...
Tags: Japan, California, Taiwan, Motorcycles, Tokyo, Dell, Bmw, Shibuya, BMW Motorrad, Harajuku, Winston Yeh, Chris Nelson, Heiwa, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Kengo Kimura


Mooneyes Highlight: Heiwa’s award-winning BMW R75/6

Yesterday it felt like the entire custom world was in Yokohama, Japan, for the famous Mooneyes show. Officially called the ‘Hot Rod Custom Show,’ it’s a one-day, nine-hour spectacle that draws the best customizers from all corners of the Land of the Rising Sun—and many from other continents, too. Most of the top builders reveal a new bike at Mooneyes, including Kengo Kimura of the acclaimed Hiroshima workshop Heiwa. This year, he unveiled this sparkling BMW R75/6, stripped to the bare bones a...
Tags: Facebook, US, Malaysia, Motorcycles, Bmw, Hiroshima, Kawasaki, Yokohama Japan, Ikon, Koni, Heiwa, Kimura, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Kengo Kimura, Heiwa Motorcycle


Billet Sting: DNA’s honeycomb monocoque BMW

In the world of custom building, the frame is the bit you leave alone—unless you really know what you are doing. Anyone can chop and loop a subframe, but creating a stress-bearing main frame from scratch takes patience, guts and familiarity with concepts like torsional stiffness and tensile strength. That’s one reason the custom scene tends to develop slowly. But occasionally someone comes along and chucks the rulebook in the bin. Which is exactly what a father-and-son team from Greece hav...
Tags: Facebook, London, Greece, Motorcycles, CNC, Dino, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Café Racer, BMW R nineT, Hyperpro, Marios, Marios Nikolaidis, BMW cafe racer, Brunel University That, Michelin Power Slick Evo


Brutal BMW: A bonkers custom R1100 RS from Malaysia

There are a few bikes out there, a tiny handful, that have slipped under the custom radar. BMW’s mighty R1100 RS sport tourer is one of them: despite over 26,000 leaving the factory in the 90s, it seems to have been mostly ignored by builders. Maybe that’s because the Telelever/Paralever suspension is hard to modify. Or maybe the huge plastic shroud of bodywork is off-putting. That hasn’t deterred Beautiful Machines of Malaysia, though: they’ve just delivered one of the most extreme BMWs ...
Tags: Malaysia, Motorcycles, Bmw, Jeremy, Dakar, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Beautiful Machines, El Solitario, BMW scrambler, Beautiful Machines of Malaysia, Petaling Beautiful Machines, Beautiful Machines Facebook


Brutal BMW: A rare custom R1100 RS from Malaysia

There are a few bikes out there, a tiny handful, that have slipped under the custom radar. BMW’s mighty R1100 RS sport tourer is one of them: despite over 26,000 leaving the factory in the 90s, it seems to have been mostly ignored by builders. Maybe that’s because the Telelever/Paralever suspension is hard to modify. Or maybe the huge plastic shroud of bodywork is off-putting. That hasn’t deterred Beautiful Machines of Malaysia, though: they’ve just delivered one of the most extreme BMWs ...
Tags: Malaysia, Motorcycles, Bmw, Jeremy, Dakar, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Beautiful Machines, El Solitario, BMW scrambler, Beautiful Machines of Malaysia, Petaling Beautiful Machines, Beautiful Machines Facebook


Maxx Headroom: Gunn Design’s BMW flat tracker

The world of custom motorcycles is full of beautiful machines, but many of them see little mileage. While that doesn’t stop us from admiring them, we’re suckers for bikes that are designed to be ridden in anger. Right now, we’re hooked on this BMW R nineT flat track weapon, built by Dan Riley. Based in Burnsville, Minnesota, Dan’s a freelance graphic and product designer who operates as Gunn Design. The project kicked off in April last year, when Ola Stenegärd himself (then BMW Motorrad’s...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Bmw, Honda, Dan, Gunn, Magura, Dunlop, Burnsville Minnesota, Dan Riley, BMW motorcycles, BMW R nineT, Trackers, Racing Motorcycles, Saddlemen, Ola Stenegärd


Plug and Play: A scrambler kit for the BMW R nine T

One of the BMW R nineT’s biggest strengths is its modular construction. You can unbolt the rear part of the frame, and unplug sections of the wiring harness without bricking the electronics. It’s good news for pro builders, and even better news for weekend warriors who want to change things up without too much sweat. The German custom shop Hookie Co. has now exploited this feature with a sharp new scrambler kit for the BMW R nineT. And the bike you see here can be built in an afternoon by any...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Bmw, Honda, Scrambler, Nico, Alcantara, Bates, Kellermann, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, BMW R nineT, Metzeler Karoo, Nico Muller, Hookie Co, Antigravity Lithium


Custom Bikes Of The Week: 30 September, 2018

A wild BMW R nineT from Onehandmade, the CROIG Instagrammers get their mitts on a Street Cup, and the Bultaco Pursang from Easy Riders goes up for auction. Triumph Street Cup by Croig If you are one of the millions of two-wheeled enthusiasts addicted to the ’Gram, you’re probably following @caferacersofinstagram. Run by David Chang and Andy Blashko, the feed has been a hotbed for custom cafes since its inception. But the ‘Motosota’ duo don’t just create content for social media—they get th...
Tags: Europe, UK, US, America, Wes, Motorcycles, Normandy, Cw, Bsa, Peugeot, Billy, Peter Fonda, Zoe, David Chang, Wyatt, Beemer


Bolt’s BMW K100: The flying brick finally comes of age

There’s something strange going on with the BMW K-series. A couple of years ago, most bike builders wouldn’t touch one with a ten-foot pole. But the unloved ‘flying brick’ is now becoming modisch—and a few crafty customizers seem to have cracked the code on how to make a K look good. It comes down to availability and pricing: good R-series airheads are hard to find in most markets, whereas the later K-series oilheads are plentiful—if not exactly cheap. This K100 from the Spanish workshop ...
Tags: Motorcycles, Bmw, Adrian, Brembo, CNC, Heidenau, Akrapovic, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Café Racer, Motogadget, BMW K100, Bolt Motor Co, Adrián Campos, Bolt Motor Company, BMW cafe racer


Boxing Clever: A revamped BMW R1150GS from 46Works

The BMW R1150GS is almost twenty years old, and a future candidate for classic status. And although BMW owners are famously fastidious with their bikes, many R1150s are now going to be looking a little the worse for wear. If you’ve picked up a tired GS for $3,000 on Craigslist, 46Works has some inspiration for you right here—despite the BMW being a tricky platform to customize. The huge boxer motor, shaft drive and quirky Telelever front suspension make the R1150GS unique—and they all see...
Tags: Motorcycles, Tokyo, Bmw, Scrambler, Nakajima, Shiro, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Telelever, 46Works, Shiro Nakajima, Ritmo Sereno, Yatsugatake Mountains, Michelin Anakee Wild, Ken Takayanagi


Moksha: A BMW R nineT from Sinroja and TW Steel

For brothers Rahul and Birju Sinroja, the journey to the top of the custom world has been quite a ride. Today, they have a 2,000 square foot workshop in Leicester, England, and can command top billing at any custom show they care to attend. But the brothers grew up in a small town in India, where motorcycles are merely a form of transport. “We didn’t see a lot of fancy bikes in India back then,” Rahul recalls. “But the ‘ding, ding rumble’ of a 2-stroke Yamaha RX100, or the thump of a Royal E...
Tags: Germany, India, Motorcycles, Bmw, Richard, Yamaha, Escher, Brembo, Rahul, BMW Motorrad, Moksha, Nitron, Leicester England, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Café Racer


Stunning Sigrid: A most unusual BMW R90/6 from Titan

There’s a downside to the current popularity of BMW customs: a certain ‘sameness’ creeping in. After all, there are only so many ways you can tweak that familiar frame and boxer engine. This new build from Austria’s Titan Motorcycles is very different, though—and unlike many builds that try to be different, it works beautifully. You’d never guess, but it’s based on an R90/6 from the 1970s, which means it has the 898 cc version of the venerable air-cooled motor. Titan’s Michael Siebenhofer ...
Tags: Europe, Austria, Vienna, Motorcycles, Bmw, Bsa, Michael, Kellermann, Graz Austria, LSL, Custom Bikes, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Motogadget, Sigrid, BMW R90


Custom Bikes Of The Week: 8 July, 2018

Roland Sands massages the R nineT into a vintage-styled thing of beauty, plus the strangest official BMW Motorrad concept bike we’ve ever seen, and a sneak peek at the 2019 Norton Atlas scrambler. BMW R nineT by Roland Sands Design If you’ve been keeping score over the past few years, you’ll know that Roland Sands has incredible vision. No matter which direction he chooses to pursue—tracker, bobber, chopper or racer—the result is invariably spot on. And this build is no different, with an ...
Tags: Motorcycles, Italy, Bmw, Pagani, Norton, Yamaha, Sachs, Neumann, Gonzalo, Hipolito, Kawa, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, KSC, Greg Hageman, Roland Sands


Coyote: How to turn the BMW R nineT into a desert sled

Most factory ‘scramblers’ are more about style than actual off-road ability. And that even includes the BMW R nineT Urban G/S: although it includes the famed Gelände/Straße designation, we wouldn’t take it too far off the beaten track. But for Karles Vives, ability is everything. He’s the founder of the Spanish custom shop Fuel Bespoke Motorcycles, and organizer of the 2,500 km ‘Scram’ tour that happens in North Africa. So when BMW Motorrad Spain gave Fuel a brand new Urban G/S to modify, ...
Tags: Facebook, Spain, Atlantic, Motorcycles, Bmw, Scrambler, Harley Davidson, Continental, North Africa, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, SW Motech, BMW R nineT, Fuel Bespoke Motorcycles, Karles Vives, Karles


The Black Phantom: Kingston takes a leap into the dark

There are one hit wonders, and then there’s Dirk Oehlerking. The German custom builder can’t put a foot wrong, churning out hit after hit from his Kingstom Custom garage. There’s one Kingston classic BMW in particular that really left a mark on the scene: an R80RT with intriguing bodywork, dubbed ‘White Phantom.’ Dirk has now followed it up with an even more impressive, broodier sibling, just to prove that he can; meet ‘Black Phantom.’ The idea was sparked when BMW staffers Ola Stenegärd (...
Tags: Motorcycles, Bmw, Kingston, Biarritz, Dirk, Magura, Beemer, Yin, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Motogadget, Ola Stenegärd, Kingston Custom, Dirk Oehlerking, Kingstom Custom, White Phantom Dirk


Moon Crawler: A luxe BMW R100 from Ironwood

If you’re unsure whether classic BMW airheads are still popular custom donors, just ask Ironwood Custom Motorcycles. The Dutch outfit has been going since 2012, but hit top gear a couple of years ago—and have racked up almost a dozen Beemer commissions to meet demand. Many of these builds are based on their blacked-out ‘Death Star‘ style, but they’ve also created extreme one-offs like ‘The Mutant‘—one of the most popular bikes ever shown on EXIF. So with their latest BMW-based project, Ironwo...
Tags: Motorcycles, Bmw, Exif, PAUL, Brembo, Beemer, Ohlins, Ironwood, Arjan, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Café Racer, Motogadget, Arjan van den Boom, Motone, BMW R100


Ghost Dog: A BMW R nineT with Samurai style

After three years and several cracking custom builds, the Rotterdam-based duo behind Smokin’ Motorcycles are parting ways. That sounds like bad news, but it’s not. Rob van der Heijden and Maarten Timmer aren’t downing tools for good, they’re just not working under the same banner any more. A great partnership deserves an epic send-off. So here’s the last official Smokin’ Motorcycles build: a brawny BMW called ‘Ghost Dog.’ It’s based on the stunningly popular R nineT, which has helped BMW ...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Rob, Bmw, Jim Jarmusch, Forest Whitaker, Rotterdam, CNC, Maarten, Beemer, Lars, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Café Racer, BMW R nineT, Rizoma


Speed Metal: Revival’s alloy-clad BMW S1000RR

If we had to pick an adjective to describe Revival Cycles, we’d say unpredictable. You just never know what Alan Stulberg and Stefan Hertel are going to come up with next. We’ve had a Honda CBX with hub center steering, a Ducati-based sidecarcross racer and a modern-day reinterpretation of the Ernst Henne Landspeeder. And now this: A BMW S1000RR sportbike with bodywork created using the metalworking techniques of a century ago. Three years ago, BMW invited Alan and Stefan to ride the relau...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, UK, Austin, Porsche, Motorcycles, Ducati, Bmw, Alan, Honda, Chris, Andy, Nico, Stefan, Hayes, Cota