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The BMW R nineT: 3 Favourite Customs

Posted on 16 February 2017

Even before the R nineT was available for purchase, some of the world's top custom builders already had their hands on it, cementing the manufacturer's love for the custom scene.

Already powered by a 1200cc boxer motor, its kit has a hydraulic clutch, ABS brakes and twin Akropovic mufflers. Have a look at these cool custom makes.

1. Roland Sands Concept 90

Based on a pre-production R nineT, the Concept 90 was built by Roland Sands (collaborating with BMW’s design team) as a tribute to the iconic R 90 S.

More of an evolutionary measure, the only throwbacks were Daytona Orange paint scheme and the bikini fairing and tail hump. Ohlins suspension gives improved performance, and it has upgraded brakes, air filters and Roland Sands dual mufflers. All in all, impressive level of detail and craftsmanship.

 


2. Unique Custom Cycles’ Stockholm Syndrome
With more than two decades of custom building, Swedish outfit UCC helped build BMW Motorrad a bike good enough to enter and win second place at the Norrtälje Custom Bike Show.

This naked blue custom's frame was cut and raked first, before new forks and triple trees were built, all in collaboration with Tolle Engineering. New insets were supplied by Perka Nyström of Plebs Choppers.

After only 35 days, the result was the Stockholm Syndrome: trimmed tank matched to a solo tail piece sitting on a new subframe. UCC also fabricated a new oil cooler and a stainless steel exhaust system, and hooked the latter up to a Burns muffler.


3. Cherry’s Company Highway Fighter
Four builders in Japan received the R nineT to work their magic on, but the top of the pick has to go to Cherry's Company's Kaichiro Kurosu whose black creation is simply stunning.

His hand-beaten aluminium bodywork is masterfully executed—complemented by a set of modified Custom Chrome RevTech Billet wheels (18” at the front and 16” at the rear). The stock forks have been lowered with custom internals to tweak the machine's stance, and the subframe, top yokes, steering stem and foot controls are all custom.

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