We’ve seen a few custom takes on the upcoming BMW R 18 cruiser, but design house Blechmann’s new project is surely the most outrageous.
The brain child behind the Blechmann R 18, Bernhard Naumann, developed a one-off fairing with a large kidney headlight.
This fairing extends to a heavily modified tank that runs along to a brown-leather seat and custom rear cowl. All told, Blechmann’s R 18 project took 450 hours of work.
Naumann says that, unlike some of his peers, his design process takes place in his mind, rather than on paper.
“I draw my design directly on the object using the final material,” he said.
“This allows me to directly respond to the requirements and to keep an eye on the proportions at all times.”
The Blechmann R 18 follows the reveal of the R 18 Dragster – a custom bike developed by famed design house Roland Sands Design (RSD).
RSD’s BMW R 18 Dragster has been heavily modified from the stock model, with significant frame adjustments and the rear suspension removed.
The R 18 Dragster also features custom front and rear guards, a headlight taken from the original R 18, twin stainless steel megaphone pipes, and a front fork taken from the BMW R nineT.
Performance upgrades include front brakes from the S 1000 R superbike, while aesthetic niceties include a two-tone metallic blue paint scheme, a bespoke seat and a tank taken from the original R 18.
Production R 18 units are expected to roll into Australian showrooms shortly. It will launch in a limited-run First Edition variant equipped with Reverse Assist, with about 200 units expected to arrive priced from $31,690 plus on-road costs.
Distinguishing the First Edition is double pin-stripe paint and chrome touches.
More units are earmarked for a November arrival, including a First Edition without the Reverse Assist option for $30,190 as well as the base model which will check in from $26,890.
From standard, the bike comes with adaptive LED lights, daytime running lights, heated grips, Keyless Ride and a lockable fuel tank. It also comes with traction control, ABS and three riding modes, dubbed Rock, Roll and Rain.
The R 18 will also be available with a large list of accessories, including a sissy bar and luggage options.
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