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Funduro: Toma Customs reworks the BMW R1150GS

BMW’s bestselling GS range owes its popularity to the R1150GS. Sure, the R80G/S is the granddaddy of all adventure bikes and the R1100GS sold in scores—but it was the R1150GS that really took the GS brand mainstream. The thing is, it hasn’t been in production for 16 years, and that means it’s getting harder to find tidy second hand examples. The owner of this 2003-model BMW R1150GS got lucky though; it had very little mileage when he bought it, and had been well looked after. But the plan was...
Tags: France, Motorcycles, Bmw, Thomas, Dakar, Heidenau, Toma, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Biltwell Inc Kung Fu, BMW scrambler, Toma Customs, Thomas Jeukens, Scramblers, Brussels Belgium Shop, Acewell


RSWB: A Granada Red Toaster Tank BMW by Roughchild

There aren’t many new ways left to customize classic R-series BMWs, and that means it’s harder to make them stand out. You either need to build something wild or, like Roughchild Motorcycles of Los Angeles, keep it simple… and extremely tasteful. Founded by Robert Sabel, the Roughchild team works exclusively on BMWs—and has been doing so for over a decade. They can assemble an airhead with their eyes closed, and they know exactly what mods are ‘must dos.’ A while ago they took a classic BM...
Tags: Motorcycles, Bmw, Pacific Northwest, Robert, Brembo, CNC, Magura, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Restomod, Shorai Lithium, BMW cafe racer, BMW R75, Roughchild Motorcycles, Roughchild, Granada Red Toaster Tank BMW


Speed Read, 23 May 2021

Our round-up for the week includes a well-used Moto Martin-framed endurance racer, and two BMWs; an R nineT and an R18. But first, we take a closer look at the electric-powered Curtiss One. A look at the Curtiss One When a new, boutique manufacturer pops its head up, there’s always fear that their left field creations are just vaporware. But Curtiss Motorcycles reports that their electric motorcycle, the One, is now actually entering production. And it’s an intriguing machine. If you haven...
Tags: California, Indiana, Motorcycles, New Orleans, Lille, Bmw, Honda, Harley Davidson, Spencer, Kawasaki, Alcantara, Kris, Brembo, CNC, George Martin, Suzuki


Speed Read, 16 May 2021

We’re racking up the air miles this week, with a stunning new build from the top Japanese workshop Hidemo, a new chapter in the saga of the Easy Rider bikes, and a crisp BMW K100 from South Africa. Plus a trio of sweet limited editions from the European brand Husqvarna. Custom Triumph Bobber by Hidemo We’ve been keeping an eye on Hideya ‘Hide’ Togashi for a decade now, ever since we spotted a Hidemo shovelhead build on display at the Mooneyes show in Japan. Many builders have fallen by the...
Tags: Europe, Japan, America, South Africa, Motorcycles, Bmw, Audi, Husqvarna, Billy, Dan Haggerty, Haggerty, Donovan, Peter Fonda, Puig, Ben Hardy, BMW motorcycles


Zig when others zag: Niks’ custom BMW R80

There’s a definite formula for BMW airhead customs. A few years ago, European workshops like Café Racer Dreams in Madrid figured out the recipe, and refined it over multiple builds. But very occasionally the airhead formula is ditched. And this time it’s another Spanish workshop: Niks Motorcycles of Barcelona. This eye-catching R80 is called ‘Nightmare’ and discards the iconic BMW tank. Instead, the visual focus is on the engine, and the machine has an unusually light and airy design. Ther...
Tags: Barcelona, Motorcycles, Xavi, Bmw, Honda, Madrid, Weber, Stefan, Edgar, Brembo, Monza, Zig, LSL, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Motogadget


Zig when others zag: Nik’s custom BMW R80

There’s a definite formula for BMW airhead customs. A few years ago, European workshops like Café Racer Dreams in Madrid figured out the recipe, and refined it over multiple builds. But very occasionally the airhead formula is ditched. And this time it’s another Spanish workshop: Niks Motorcycles of Barcelona. This eye-catching R80 is called ‘Nightmare’ and discards the iconic BMW tank. Instead, the visual focus is on the engine, and the machine has an unusually light and airy design. The...
Tags: Barcelona, Motorcycles, Xavi, Bmw, Honda, Madrid, Nik, Weber, Stefan, Edgar, Brembo, Monza, Zig, LSL, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles


Speed Read, 9 May 2021

This week’s custom motorcycles come in all shapes and sizes—from a pint-sized flat tracker, to a stylish BMW R18. Plus we take a look at a tidy BSA bobber, and a Norton Atlas with a Harley-Davidson WLA motor. Jake Drummond’s Mini Tracker Jake Drummond has some rather crazy skills, but for his latest project, he went small, cheap and cheerful. This mini flat tracker took him three months to build and cost just $1,800, but it’s just as cool as any bike twice its size. Jake started with a 196...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Netherlands, Bmw, Harley-davidson, Norton, Harley, Yamaha, Hyde, Buchanan, Jake, Lorenzo, Suzuki, Lifan, BMW motorcycles, Honda Grom


Cop this: Sinroja’s ex-police BMW R80 café racer

Sinroja Motorcycles have been producing sublime customs from their Leicestershire, England workshop for the past five years. This BMW R80 is their 17th build, and started life two years ago with a very simple brief. “I want a classic BMW in true Sinroja style, with a good mixture of modern and vintage details,” said the client. For builder Birju Sinroja, this was the perfect commission—offering free reign, and scope to provide a high level of attention to detail. We always have time for a...
Tags: England, Britain, Motorcycles, Bmw, Yamaha, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Rizoma, Motogadget, BMW R80, Hagon, Leicestershire England, Corris Grey, Sinroja Motorcycles, Birju Sinroja, Sinroja


Raising the bar: Vagabund gives the BMW R nineT a lift

We’ve always admired custom motorcycle workshops that keep pushing the boundaries. Austria’s Vagabund Moto have been doing good work since day one, but they’ve never rested on their laurels. The founding duo of Paul Brauchart and Philipp Rabl seems to level up on every build, relentlessly experimenting with new designs, materials and processes. Their 15th build pushes the envelope to the breaking point. It’s a 2016-model BMW R nineT with hand-formed metalwork, 3D-printed parts, and bodywork t...
Tags: Facebook, Spain, Austria, Motorcycles, Pirelli, PAUL, Leatherman, CNC, Philipp, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, BMW R nineT, Grundmann, Rotobox, Vagabund Moto, Vagabund


Cobra: A plug and play cafe racer kit for the R nineT

We interviewed the team behind the development of the BMW R nineT a few years ago. They were adamant about one thing: the base bike should be easy to adapt to a wide range of styles. Now the German shop Hookie Co. are driving that point home, with their second plug and play kit for the nineT. Hookie’s first ‘Moto-Kit’ had a laid-back scrambler vibe, but this new design takes a different approach. Dubbed ‘Cobra’ and available as a limited made-to-order series, it transforms the nineT into a ha...
Tags: Prague, Motorcycles, Bmw, Dresden, Beemer, LSL, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, BMW R nineT, Motogadget, Hookie Co, Hookie, Koso, BMW cafe racer, Cafe racers, Michelin Power GP


Fast Take: Riding the new BMW R18

This week we’re launching an occasional series of video reviews called ‘Fast Take.’ And we’re kicking off with riding impressions of the mighty BMW R18 cruiser. Inspired by the classic R5, the new R18 is the bike that BMW hopes will challenge Harley-Davidson and Indian. It also has the biggest and most powerful two-cylinder boxer engine ever produced, with a massive capacity of 1,802 cc. So we rode the R18 in both the USA and South Africa to see how it stacks up — and what you get for you...
Tags: Usa, South Africa, New Hampshire, Motorcycles, Bmw, Harley Davidson, BMW motorcycles, Motorcycle Reviews, Wes Reyneke, Gregory George Moore, Motorcycle Videos, BMW R18, Iron Air Media


Nice Werk: Marcus Walz reveals kits to tweak the BMW R18

Whenever a concept motorcycle becomes a production motorcycle, there are tears over how far the final product has strayed from the original design. The BMW R18 is no exception—but ultimately it’s an unavoidable scenario. Concept bikes are there to turn heads, but production bikes need to consider practicality, mass appeal and homologation for different markets. So once the bike’s rolled off the assembly line, it’s up to customizers to ‘fix’ it. This slick R18, from the famed German shop WalzW...
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Speed Read, 7 March 2021

We’re heavy on Bavaria this week, with a blacked-out BMW R18 from Harley specialist MB Cycles and a flat track-inspired R100 from Cafemoto. And we take a closer look at Roland Sands’ retro-themed KTM and the slightly strange new ‘Lawrence’ from Brough Superior. Which bike would you prefer to put in your own garage? KTM 790 Adventure by Roland Sands KTM know how to build ADV bikes, and the middleweight 790 has wowed road testers the world over. But there are a few people out there who are not...
Tags: France, Germany, Motorcycles, Bmw, Bavaria, Roland, Ama, Harley, Martin, Gelsenkirchen, Lawrence, KTM, Magura, Georg, Brough, Akrapovic


Mutant Redux: A new version of Ironwood’s famous BMW

Arjan van den Boom is one of Europe’s most successful customizers. The founder of Ironwood Motorcycles has well over 50 builds to his name now: proof that his business skills are as good as his eye for style. This sharp-edged K100 is the latest BMW to roll out of the doors of his workshop in Almere—the Netherlands’ newest city, built on reclaimed land. And it looks like a million Euros. A big part of Ironwood’s success comes from the company’s hyper-graphic style—usually combined with a st...
Tags: Europe, UK, Instagram, Germany, Motorcycles, Netherlands, Bmw, Honda, Continental, Timothy, Tim, CNC, Silver Machine, Ironwood, Arjan, Custom Motorcycles


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