Let’s go retro
See some of the coolest R ninet custom creations
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.