BMW K1200RS shouldn’t be the primary selection when You concentrate on constructing a customized motorbike. Effectively… In all probability it’s not even within the prime 50 donor bike fashions. This construct comes with a narrative… about cooperation. Cooperation fueled by reverse kinds and characters. About fairly an unintentional selection of a bike mannequin to customise, that triggered the construct to be tougher than anticipated. However contemplating the courageous and distinctive outcome – it was value it.
I had an opportunity to see this motorbike in March 2018 and 2019, when it was displayed on the Warsaw Motorbike Present. It was a “work in progress” then.. each years.
Now it’s lastly prepared…
Jakub Beker from Ugly Motors, proved himself to be a succesful builder. His bikes have been featured everywhere in the world. I featured them (right here), as it’s type of a mission of this weblog to advertise Polish workshops. His type is “a conventional customized”. You may see his Inazuma or Virago builds. He teamed up with a buddy who’s:
Extra of a Bladerunner 2049 type of a man – jokes Jakub
Collectively they created this particular person piece of equipment… impressed by the legendary fighter airplane: Mustang P51. That’s fairly an inspiration… I’d undoubtedly have chosen a British donor motorbike for this sort of construct… however hey, customizing is all about mixing kinds and particular person approaches. In all probability this frequent denominator was the important thing issue that allowed these 2 personalities to work on the identical objective – constructing this tribute motorbike.
Initially they supposed to construct based mostly on a BMW K100RS. However they didn’t discover a good high quality donor bike. So as a substitute of shopping for a uncared for K100, they determined to go for a youthful brother – K1200RS. Quickly it turned out that it’s not only a youthful model of the identical motorbike, however there are severe variations between the generations. As “The brick” is fairly typical concerning the body and suspension. And the engine with dry clutch are well-known to the mechanics and customized motorbike builders.
1200RS is a special machine
Moreover the flat-four engine idea… Beginning with tele-lever suspension, modern aluminium body, very fashionable design that covers virtually entirety of the development… One factor these bikes have in frequent – is that they weight just about the identical… as a little bit automobile.
Quickly it turned out that the well-known wiring, that provides a headache to any builder who approaches to change the K100 – in K1200RS received much more sophisticated. The construct course of began.
Guys determined to construct a monocoque design (tank + tail) that may match the fashionable aluminium spine, from scratch Jakub created an overview of the bodywork by welding a mesh of 4mm steel rods. This construction was then wrapped with 0,8mm steel sheet. Contemplating the look of the ultimate product, I wager that no less than 3 (if not 4) digit manhours have been put into the steel shaping course of. The forks lined with these geometric steel sleeves mix easily into the tank, which then blends right into a slim tail. All this creates a heavy entrance and aggressive look of the machine. It looks like it’s leaning ahead even an excessive amount of.
Taking the fork covers individually – they’re a masterpiece on their very own. Contemplating how a lot work was put into these 2 parts, makes You notice the size of the entire mission. However that’s not all. The tank homes the Ok&N air filter (taken from a automobile, as not one of the motorbike designations wasn’t large enough) and a lot of the wiring.
Between the forks…
there may be an aluminium housing for the vertical radiator. Since there was no room left for a traditional headlight – 2 LED strips have been put in on the perimeters of the cooling central unit. The fascinating half is that this “mini fairing” began as a 27 kgs piece of aluminium. A monolith that was CNC machined – as a substitute of welding it from sheets of steel. The identical know-how was used to make the highest triple clamp with the clip-on handlebars.
Relating to the wiring hell. Jakub determined to go together with the legendary Motogadget M-Unit. Alongside got here different “M” options… like keyless ignition (M-Lock) and M-button that covers the handlebar electrics with a single wire. Motoscope Professional sits in entrance of the rider on prime of the tank.
Inventory it produces about 130 bhp. This was thought-about “sufficient”, so no main adjustments have been made. For the engine to breathe higher, the BMW received talked about earlier efficiency air-filter and an SC-Challenge CR-T exhaust tip.
The paintwork was clearly impressed by the WW2 air-forces steel seems to be. BMW Silverstone Gray, with single graphics, utilized right here and there, match completely with the blue seat.
The outcome? Definitely a finest wanting K1200RS customized motorbike of the world… to this point. Anybody up for the problem?