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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Shock Of The New: This BMW is Hookie’s First Modern Build

Any garage accustomed to working on older motorcycles has to shift their thinking when customizing a modern machine. With a brand new bike, there’s zero restoration work to be done—but there’s also a whole whack of modern gadgetry to work around. Our friends at Hookie Co. in Dresden, Germany tackled that learning curve recently. A Swiss customer handed them a BMW R nineT—their first modern donor—and asked them to give it a more classic look. “The only input from the client was inspiration,...
Tags: Motorcycles, Bmw, Falcon, Nico, Pirelli, Dresden Germany, Brough Superior, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Café Racer, BMW R nineT, Rizoma, Hookie Co, Adrian Flor


(Some) Assembly Required: BAAK’s easy-build BMW R nineT

There are a handful of modern motorcycles that really lend themselves to customization. And if you pick the right one, you might not even have to get your hands that dirty. And that’s fair enough. Although we all swoon at the fabrication skills of rock star bike builders, not everyone has the ability or desire to create a ‘stack of dimes’ weld. Owners of bikes like the Harley-Davidson Sportster and Triumph Bonneville have always been spoilt for choice when it comes to bolt-on modification...
Tags: Motorcycles, Bmw, Lyon, Continental, Lucas, Beemer, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, BMW R nineT, Bobber, Harley Davidson Sportster, BAAK Motocyclettes, BAAK


BMW R nineT Scrambler – Auto Expo 2018 Live

BMW Motorrad India has showcased its retro-modern motorcycle, the BMW R nineT...
Tags: Autos, Bmw, BMW Motorrad, BMW R nineT, BMW Motorrad India, Auto Expo 2018


Ice cool: A go-anywhere BMW Urban G/S from Sweden

There are five BMW R nineT models you can buy today, and the Urban G/S is my favorite. It’s a clever hat-tip to the legendary R 80 G/S, and it’s a total hoot to ride. But unlike the 1980s classic it’s modeled after, the Urban G/S isn’t really an off-roader. It’ll tackle the odd fire road for sure, but it’s not designed to handle the rough stuff. If you love the R nineT and want to go off-piste, you’ll need a custom build—like this toughened up beast from Ronna Norén of Unique Custom Cycles. ...
Tags: Sweden, Urban, Motorcycles, Bmw, Vikings, Scrambler, Gothenburg, Gilles, KTM, Ting, Wunderlich, Valhalla, UCC, Hakan, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles


Autobahn Streak: JSK takes on the BMW R nineT

Judging public opinion is a fickle business. So when a builder hits on a concept that works, it’s tempting to get comfortable and stick to the formula. The first build we featured from California-based JSK Moto was a sweet BMW R nineT-based scrambler. It spread like wildfire, and even landed on BMW Motorrad’s radar. But rather than build a series of sequels, JSK point man Samuel Kao followed up with a couple of diverse and pretty zany bikes. Now, almost two and a half years later, he’s com...
Tags: California, Motorcycles, Bmw, Portland Oregon, Samuel, CNC, Dunlop, JSK, Akrapovic, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Café Racer, BMW R nineT, PSR, Sportmax, Beringer


Not so Plain: Jane Motorcycles’ gleaming BMW R nineT

Any mechanic will tell you: if you’re customizing an old bike, first make it work, then make it pretty. But if you’re working with a modern classic like the BMW R nineT, you can skip the first step. The R nineT is still a youngster and you’ll likely be working with a low mileage example—so there’s no need to worry about the motor. And with good suspension and brakes out the box, upgrades are optional. But if you dig really deep, you’ll run into the necessary evil that plagues all contempor...
Tags: Motorcycles, Bmw, Scrambler, Continental, Brooklyn New York, Jane, Magura, Beemer, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, BMW R nineT, Motogadget, Renthal, Jane Motorcycles, Baja Designs Squadron


Custom Bikes Of The Week: 7 January, 2018

Our weekly roundup is back with a bang for 2018. We’ve got a cafe’d R nineT from Italy, a Dakar-worthy Honda XL600R scrambler from England, and a Yamaha XS650 bobber from Bulgaria. Choose your poison. Moto Guzzi V9 by Craig Rodsmith There’s just something about turbo Guzzis and Craig Rodsmith. We saw the last one up close and personal at the Handbuilt Show in Austin and featured its dustbin-faired perfection on these pages. Now Rodsmith’s gone and done it again. But this time around, the ...
Tags: England, Austin, Motorcycles, Italy, Argentina, Bulgaria, Honda, Yamaha, Dakar, Andrew, Hera, Moto Guzzi, Custom Motorcycles, Honda Dominator, BMW motorcycles, Café Racer


Unkonventionell: A BMW R nineT from 2LOUD

For custom builders , the BMW R nineT is the motorcycling equivalent of Plasticene. It can be pushed and pulled and reshaped in any direction, because it’s easy to take apart: the frame is in four pieces, and the wiring loom is in three pieces. Since 2013 we’ve catalogued every significant custom R nineT; many of the world’s leading bike modifiers have had a crack at the platform. But we’ve never seen anything quite like this latest build, which comes from Max Ma of 2LOUD. This R nineT is o...
Tags: Motorcycles, Bmw, Scrambler, Max, Abs, Pirelli, CNC, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, BMW R nineT, 2LOUD Custom, Max Ma, Brembo RCS


BMW R nineT Racer & BMW K 1600 B launched in India

BMW Motorrad India has launched two motorcycles- the BMW R nineT Racer and the...
Tags: India, Autos, Bmw, BMW Motorrad, BMW R nineT, BMW K1600, BMW Motorrad India


BMW R nineT Racer & BMW K 1600 B India unveil on November 24

BMW Motorrad will be unveiling two of its motorcycles, the BMW R nineT and the...
Tags: India, Autos, Bmw, BMW Motorrad, BMW R nineT, BMW K1600


LowRide magazine puts the BMW R nineT on a diet

When the R nineT was on the drawing board, BMW engineers made sure it was easy to modify. And that custom-friendliness has become a core part of the bike’s ethos. This Italian build takes that principle and rides away with it, and the unusually slim, tracker-inspired vibe makes it a real attention grabber. Most Motorradfahrer these days are aware of the R nineT’s modular nature, but even BMW themselves probably wouldn’t have envisioned the transformation this team of passionate Italian bu...
Tags: Milan, Porsche, Motorcycles, Bmw, BMW Motorrad, Monza, Giuseppe, Guiseppe, Moto Guzzi, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Café Racer, EICMA, BMW R nineT, Rizoma, Giuseppe Roncen


Giving the BMW R nineT the Paris-Dakar treatment

What’s the most iconic BMW motorcycle from the past fifty years? The R80G/S Paris-Dakar would have to be near the top of the list, even if you’re not into ADV bikes. The 32-liter tank, signed by Dakar legend Gaston Rahier and fitted with dual petcocks, has got to be one of the most recognizable tanks of all time. The R80G/S P-D also introduced many people to BMW’s famous motorsport livery. It’s a color scheme that is still being emulated today, from the R nineT Urban G/S we tested a few days a...
Tags: India, Motorcycles, Italy, Bmw, Scrambler, Continental, Dakar, Michiel, Fabio, Ergo, Paris Dakar, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, BMW R nineT, Urban G S, Gaston Rahier


Bavaria Bound with the BMW R nineT Urban G/S

BMW has a truly fanatical fan base: if you need proof, a visit to the BMW Motorrad Days is all it takes. It’s an annual three-day shindig held in July, smack bang in the middle of the sun-drenched German summer, in a ski resort town called Garmisch-Partenkirchen, right on the Austrian border. Garmisch is only about 55 miles from Munich, but you can double or triple that if you avoid the Autobahn and know the right roads. Thankfully I had a local with me: Christian Pingitzer, BMW’s marketing lea...
Tags: Europe, Munich, Motorcycles, Bmw, Bavaria, Scrambler, Continental, Garmisch Partenkirchen, Garmisch, Paris Dakar, Akrapovic, BMW motorcycles, Production Motorcycles, Shoei, BMW R nineT, Motorcycle Show


BMW x Heiwa: The R nineT Scrambler Custom Project

BMW has an illustrious history of working with Japanese customizers. Witness the extraordinary R nineT Custom Project of three years ago, with Shiro Nakajima, Brat Style, Hidemo and Cherry’s Company. And then the wild K 1600 GTLs built by Ken’s Factory and Hot Dock. In September 2016, BMW decided it was time to give Heiwa a crack of the whip. It’s the shop owned by Kengo Kimura, in Hiroshima on the island of Honshū, a five-hour ride west of Tokyo. “I had never customized a BMW, or even owned...
Tags: Motorcycles, Tokyo, Bmw, Scrambler, Hiroshima, Lucas, Honshu, Ken, BMW Motorrad, Heiwa, Kimura, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Kengo Kimura, BMW R nineT, Metzeler Karoo


Superbike Style: A BMW R nineT with a classic racer vibe

That muscular 80s superbike style is one we’ll never grow tired of—especially with shops like AC Sanctuary keeping the dream alive. But who would’ve thought that the BMW R nineT could wear it so well? Thanks to Brice Hennebert, our eyes have been opened. This retro-fabulous brute is the first build to roll out of Brice’s newly-launched Workhorse Speedshop—but it’s not his first build. Brice was one half of Kruz Company for four years, before he and his partner parted ways amicably. Now the 3...
Tags: France, Motorcycles, Ducati, Belgium, Bmw, Gilles, Alcantara, Brembo, Earl, LSL, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Brice, Valvoline, BMW R nineT, Conti Sport Attack


Factory Approved: The JvB-Moto BMW R nineT Scrambler

We love Jens vom Brauck’s work. The man behind Cologne-based JvB-Moto has a pair of the sharpest eyes in the business, and a knack for stylish yet functional design. But things on the JvB-Moto front have been eerily quiet of late. It turns out that Jens has been working on something very special indeed: a slimline BMW R nineT Scrambler with killer styling and paint. It’s the first time BMW Motorrad and JvB-Moto have worked together, and it’s also the first officially sanctioned R nineT Scram...
Tags: Germany, Cologne, Motorcycles, Bmw, Scrambler, Continental, BMW Motorrad, Jens, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, BMW R nineT, JvB Moto, Jens vom Brauck, BMW Motorrad Jens, Ola Stenegärd


Roland Sands Stretches and Slams the R nineT

Building a bike purely for show has its advantages. There’s no need to worry about whether it runs, steers and stops, and there’s no need for the usual legal accoutrements; as long as it looks pretty, you’re good. But if you’re Roland Sands, that’s hard to do. With years of experience racing and building bikes, creating something unrideable is simply not in his nature. So when a friend commissioned RSD to build a bike to display in one of his stores, Roland and his team pulled out all the stops...
Tags: Motorcycles, Bmw, Roland, Morris, Spiegler, Beemer, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Roland Sands, BMW R nineT, Roland Sands Stretches, Aaron Boss, Bitchin Seat Company


Ride Report: The 2017 BMW R nineT Racer

For a while, rumors have been circulating about the demise of the traditional cafe racer. With scramblers and flat trackers dominating the scene, the low-and-sleek genre has been taking a back seat. But like a venerable art rock band, the cafe racer is still hanging in there. Interest is still sky high—so high that manufacturers are entering the fray. So let’s take a very close look at BMW R nineT Racer—BMW’s factory cafe, and one of three new models based on the R nineT platform. The other ...
Tags: US, Motorcycles, Cape Town, Bmw, Bavaria, Ola, Beemer, BMW motorcycles, Production Motorcycles, Café Racer, BMW R nineT, Thruxton, Biltwell Inc, Smoke Grey, Velomacchi Speedway, Reg Pridmore