Let’s go retro

See some of the coolest R ninet cus­tom cre­ations

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week In Mcn - By Gary Pinchin

BMW have had so much suc­cess with the R ninet, they’ve added yet more mod­els. But be­fore the new Pure, Racer, Ur­ban GS and Scram­bler ar­rive, we scoured the globe for some of the best cus­tomised R ninets around.

1 HIGH­WAY FIGHTER Cherry’s Com­pany, Ja­pan

Kaichi­roh Kurosu says: “I made the bike to have beau­ti­ful lines from any an­gle. All the parts come to­gether as a uni­fied whole.” S1000RR forks are low­ered by 2in, with mod­i­fied yokes and a ro­tary-tyre damper. Wheels are by CCI, Cherry made the al­loy tank and seat, and Skunk did the leather.

2 LOW FAT VTR Cus­toms, Switzer­land

Low Fat is the re­sult of VTR Cus­toms’ de­sire to build the low­est, small­est, thinnest R ninet-based café racer. The tank, seat and tail unit have been slimmed down, and low bars mimic those of vin­tage board-track rac­ers.

3 AERO VTR Cus­toms, Switzer­land

Air­line in­dus­try-trained Daniel Wei­d­mann cre­ated VTR’S Aero, which uses a K&N air fil­ter to aid ac­cel­er­a­tion but has R ninet in­let man­i­folds to keep the sys­tem le­gal. Other de­tails: PVM wheelset, Öh­lins sus­pen­sion.

4 CY­CLONE Brat Style, Ja­pan

Go Takamine’s tracker wouldn’t look out of place in a 1970s’ dirt-track movie: “It’s an in­ter­est­ing feel that mixes old and new.” Ce­ri­ani forks, twin-leader brake and Akront rims ac­cen­tu­ate the look. Go also fab­ri­cated the ex­haust, front en­gine cover, tank, seat cowl, bars, pegs and levers.

5 NINE TINI VTR Cus­toms, Switzer­land

Built with öff mag, along­side the Swiss im­porters of Ri­zoma, Akrapovic and Ki­neo, Nine Tini fea­tures retro Mar­tini Racing-in­spired liv­ery by Merz Hin­wil and Jo­hanna Vo­gel­sang.

6 CLUB­MAN RACER 46Works, Ja­pan

In­spired by BMW cus­tomiser Ritmo Sereno, Shiro Naka­jima built this bike with a be­spoke sub­frame. Panel­beaten tank and seat are also by Shiro, as are pegs, levers and reg holder.

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