BMW custom motorcycles
Heavenly airheads: a selection of the best custom and cafe racer motorcycles from BMW Motorrad.
After customizing bikes for nigh on 20 years, Unique Custom Cycles has a reputation most builders would die for. The Swedish company is known for its traditional chopper and drag racing builds, but its latest project—nicknamed The Stockholm Syndrome—is very different. It's a stunning cafe racer based on the new BMW R nineT.
Bill Twitchel and Matt Musial of Austin Paintworks, Texas, occasionally build special motorcycles. This is their latest, a humble BMW R60 transformed into a glorious Rennsport RS54 race replica. [Image by Jake Herrle]
French motorcycle builder Séb Lorentz is known for his quirky, oddball custom builds, and this BMW R60/5 is no different. “I was a bit tired of all the naked cafe and Bratstyle-lookalike custom bikes coming from everywhere,” he admits. “So I decided to look for another direction. I’ve always been in love with streamliner design on one hand, and ‘lead sled’ custom cars on the other.”
Here's the world's first (and probably last) “Bōsōzoku-Chopper-Racer,” from the Spanish workshop El Solitario. It's based on BMW's new R nineT roadster, and one of the most radical custom motorcycles we've ever seen. Is it brave? Or foolish?
El Solitario 'Impostor' BMW R nineT | Bike EXIF
This amazing BMW R100RS is the work of Japanese resto-mod specialists Ritmo Sereno. They reduced the R100′s weight from 242kg to just 190kg, ported and polished the engine, and fitted a 2-into-1 stainless steel exhaust system. The standard RS fairing has been trimmed for a sleeker profile. And it's now resplendent in a livery inspired by the BMW 3.5CSL Group 5 race cars of the 1970s. Want!
Bill Costello first made his mark on the world of classic motorcycles when he painstakingly restored his father’s 1958 BMW R50. This is his second bike build, an elegant yet functional, R100RT. This time round, Bill wanted to build a custom bike, rather than do a "factory restoration"—and wanted something he could use as a reliable daily runner.
The most audacious motorcycle launch of late has been the BMW R nineT. Who’d have thought that the clinical Germans would reveal a naked boxer with built-in options for customization? Even better, Ola Stenegärd’s design team have wasted no time in delivering pre-production models to selected custom builders. Here’s the first cab off the rank: ‘Track Grinder’ from Berlin-based Urban Motor.
BMW R nineT by Urban Motor | Bike EXIF
Some custom motorcycles are so outlandish that they grab your attention immediately. Others are so understated and classy that, once you notice them, you can’t look away. Like this BMW R90/6 from the Spanish builder Cafe Racer Dreams.
Cafe Racer Dreams BMW R90/6 | Bike EXIF
1970s-era BMW airheads respond well to the cafe racer treatment. But you don’t often see one with a mono-shock conversion. This 1976 R75 is owned by graphic designer Casey Wilkinson, and it's one of 13 bikes featured in the 2014 Bike EXIF Custom Motorcycle Calendar. Get yours from www.octanepress.c...