Paul Yaffe of Bagger Nation has lately revealed his newest creation: the BMW R 18 One Eight “C” constructed on a BMW R 18 Transcontinental. This practice incorporates hot-rod enchantment whereas remaining as authentically BMW as attainable and joins Yaffe’s intensive checklist of custom-made bikes.
Yaffe is well-known to the customized motorbike world. His bikes present up throughout the globe at numerous bike reveals, rallies, and occasions, and he’s been awarded recognitions akin to three “World’s Most Lovely Motorbike” awards from the Oakland Roadster Present and two “Builder of 12 months” and three “Trendsetter of the 12 months” awards from Easyriders Journal. He was additionally inducted into the Sturgis Corridor of Fame in 2015.
To get accustomed with the BMW R 18 Transcontinental, Yaffe rode greater than 6,000 miles on one earlier than getting began with the venture. The BMW R 18 Transcontinental was launched for 2022 as a luxurious touring model of the corporate’s R 18 cruiser platform. It options the identical 1,802cc “Huge Boxer” opposed Twin as different R 18 iterations. The Transcontinental comes with a handlebar-mounted fairing, a passenger seat, locking laborious saddlebags, and a prime trunk with built-in passenger backrest – the whole lot wanted for racking up miles on cross-country journeys.
Yaffe’s aim with this practice was to create a big-wheel bagger that retained as many unique BMW components as attainable. The attention-catching 26 x 5.5-inch entrance wheel was commissioned and reduce from stable aluminum, and the 180mm entrance tire is handmade. To accommodate the massive entrance wheel, the body was stretched and raked.
The R 18’s batwing-style fairing was reduce into a number of items and restructured, and the metal entrance fender was produced from scratch. The bike additionally incorporates a chin spoiler that conceals the radiator and closes the hole between the fairing and the gas tank. Additionally included is a set of Yaffe Monkey Bars.
In step with Yaffe’s aim to maintain as many BMW elements on the bike as attainable, his group retained the saddlebag lids, latches, and audio system however included a brand new set of “skins” that create a stretched look. The group additionally prolonged the unique rear fender by crafting a second R 18 fender.
Yaffe saved the unique R 18 taillights and fitted them into handmade filler panels. He additionally included a spot for a license plate within the fender and stretched the facet covers to cowl extra space and circulation towards the saddlebags.
The R 18 One Eight “C” options air suspension with a Yaffe-designed air tank and distribution system. A body below the saddlebags accommodates elements of the air suspension. The group’s aim with the facet pipes was to “protect the distinct BMW really feel” of the construct. They saved the traditional Boxer head pipes, eliminated the catalytic converters from the pinnacle pipes, and put in a perforated high-flow baffle system. Additionally they included a three-step muffler system and a wide-open megaphone for a traditional hot-rod sound.
The concentrate on the bike’s cosmetics was centered on magnificence and ease. “We went to work perfecting all of the fabricated physique panels and smoothing the whole lot to a glass-like end,” mentioned the Bagger Nation group. Painter Hector Martinez utilized the gloss black paint for a timeless look, and Guys Upholstery created the oxblood crimson saddle and the sprint console. Martinez matched the entrance calipers’ colour to the saddle.
The BMW R 18 One Eight “C” will debut on the Motor Bike Expo in Verona, Italy, the weekend of January 19-21, 2024.