Germany on the search for the best custom bike.
Second edition of the BMW Motorrad Customising Contest.
Munich. Just like last year, BMW Motorrad Germany has once again initiated a major customising competition. While the extremely successful 2021 contest focused on spectacular conversions of the iconic R18 cruiser, this year’s customising contest will also focus on the R nineT roadster legend. A total of 13 stunning conversions – eight BMW R 18s and five BMW R nineTs show what you can achieve when you customise the two style-defining models of the BMW Motorrad Heritage Experience World. The BMW Motorrad partners were:
ahg Autohandelsgesellschaft mbH Eningen
Auer Gruppe GmbH, Auer Biker Village Stockach-Zizenhausen
Becker & Tiemann Motorrad Lage
Cloppenburg GmbH Erfurt
Klaus Mayer GmbH & Co. KG Mannheim
Motorbike Bögel GmbH Ibbenbüren
Motorbike Guhs e.K. Schwarzenbach an der Saale
Motorradzentrum Helmig & Sohn Wietmarschen
Motorrad Huber GmbH Unterreit
Procar Automobile GmbH & Co. KG Cologne
Motorrad Witzel Sennfeld
Zweiradwerke Vertriebs GmbH Rosenheim
The BMW Motorrad partners each had three months to design and build their own personal vision of the R nineT or the R 18. 13 great-looking soul-fuel bikes were built – from the oldschool heritage bike with Springer forks based on the BMW R 18 to the highly dynamic sports bike based on the BMW R nineT. No limits were set on creativity, only to the time available. The conversion had to be completed within three months.
Cloppenburg GmbH R 18 Tansanit Titan.
Applying their motto “Go with the flow”, the team of Cloppenburg GmbH took on the challenge and came up with the R 18 Tansanit Titan. It is characterised by an exciting mix of styles with many loving details and individual solutions: Classic, simple and elegant. Under the direction of Christian Gelbhardt and Kevin Gehrt, a very classically oriented R 18 was created, which cannot be directly assigned to any of the established genres. Rather, the bike’s design was to be simple and elegant. Rideability, comfort, ergonomics as well as functionality were at the top of the to-do list. Chrome-plated BMW forged wheels in 21 inch format at the front and 18 inch size at the rear already provide a feast for the eyes, supported by the original rear fender and carrier of the R 18 B as well as a front fender by Walzwerk. The BMW Day Rider brown seat fits in perfectly here and, in conjunction with the original handlebars and Rizoma risers, provides a relaxed riding position. The mirrors, handlebar-end turn indicator lights, the 3-in-1 rear Club S lights and the number plate holder are off the Rizoma shelf as well. The front end and cockpit of the R 18 Tanzanit Titan feature a windshield, headlamp lowering by Wunderkind and a speedometer integrated into the tank by means of an LMC conversion, including a retractable fuel filler cap. At the rear, a Wilbers shock absorber type 640 Road with 20 mm suspension lowering and a Fehling luggage rack are used. The very tasty customising menu was rounded off with a Dr. Jekill & Mr. Hyde Beat Long Chrome Slashcut Chrome Extender exhaust system as well as a paint job in BMW Tanzanite Blue II metallic and hand-painted double lines on the tank.