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Motorcycles Behold BMW’s Newest Custom, The Blechmann R 18

00:43  25 august  2020
00:43  25 august  2020 Source:   motorcyclecruiser.com

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The BMW R 18 has been used for a few custom projects already and looks like customizing the bike is becoming some kind of sport. Everyone wants a piece of the new bike and its incredible engine, therefore we’re bound to see more extraordinary work in the future.

With the new BMW R 18 , BMW Motorrad presented the brand’ s first series production bike for the cruiser segment in April 2020. Next, Blechmann customized the headlights. As with his last BMW custom bike "Giggerl", a conversion of the BMW R nineT, the headlights were to have a subtle

When BMW finally dropped its long-awaited production R 18 cruiser last April, you could sense that the new machine would spawn a slew of factory-bike-based customs in its wake. Munich didn’t disappoint: Roland Sands’ R 18 Dragster came screaming off the line a couple of weeks back, setting the stage for the second variation on the R 18 platform we’re seeing now: the Blechmann R 18. Once again, the build is a collaboration between the manufacturer and a carefully chosen customizer, one Bernhard Naumann, also known as Blechmann.

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With the new BMW R 18 , BMW Motorrad presented the brand’ s first series production bike for the cruiser segment in April 2020. Next, Blechmann customised the headlights. As with his last BMW custom bike "Giggerl", a conversion of the BMW R nineT, the headlights were to have a subtle

With the new BMW R 18 , BMW Motorrad presented the brand’ s first series production bike for the cruiser segment in April 2020. Defining customizing . Blechmann does not perceive his work to be that of a classic customizer. "My work begins by removing parts of the original version until a white

a motorcycle parked on the side of a building: The Blechmann R 18 is the latest custom BMW based on the factory R 18 cruiser. © Provided by Motorcycle Cruiser The Blechmann R 18 is the latest custom BMW based on the factory R 18 cruiser.

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a motorcycle parked on the side of a building: Renowned Austrian designer Bernhard Naumann, aka Blechmann, was tapped by BMW for the build. © Provided by Motorcycle Cruiser Renowned Austrian designer Bernhard Naumann, aka Blechmann, was tapped by BMW for the build.

Seen from just the front end, this R 18 gives off a kind of performance bagger vibe, but the Austrian builder’s moniker might give you a better clue as to his custom’s focus. Translated from German, “Blechmann” means “tin man,” a not-so-veiled reference to the renowned Naumann’s reputation for shaping metal. So, yes, there’s lots of curvy sheet metal to take in here, but that doesn’t mean Blechmann approaches his custom projects in the usual manner. No preliminary sketches are drawn, and no prototyping or mockups are constructed to clutter the process; it’s all mostly organic.

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Back to Story: BMW Motorrad presents the Blechmann R 18 custom .

Back to Story: BMW Motorrad presents the Blechmann R 18 custom .

“My work begins by removing parts of the original version until a white canvas remains. As the construction progresses, the design develops,” the customizer says.

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Back to Story: BMW Motorrad presents the Blechmann R 18 custom .

Back to Story: BMW Motorrad presents the Blechmann R 18 custom .

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a motorcycle parked on the side of a building: A narrow waist builds toward a shapely fairing supported by additional mounting pieces running from the console. Custom clip-ons hint at an aggressive stance. © Provided by Motorcycle Cruiser A narrow waist builds toward a shapely fairing supported by additional mounting pieces running from the console. Custom clip-ons hint at an aggressive stance.

Fortunately for Naumann, the factory R 18′s design is one that relies on classic motorcycle essentials rather than complex formulations, giving the builder freedom to make only subtle changes to the frame and utilizing the original mounting points. Which leads us back to Naumann’s organic process, where he gathers his inspiration and eventual direction for the bike while he’s working on it.

“I draw my design directly on the object using the final material. This allows me to directly respond to the requirements and to keep an eye on the proportions at all times,” the designer explains.

a close up of a mouse: The hand-shaped tail section rides on existing rear fender mounting points, and is punctuated by a sleek leather solo seat. © Provided by Motorcycle Cruiser The hand-shaped tail section rides on existing rear fender mounting points, and is punctuated by a sleek leather solo seat.

In some cases, that meant working backward toward final fabrications—though the original steering angle strongly influenced the basic layout. To nail the proportions of the hand-formed, elegantly swoopy front fairing, for instance, Blechmann said he at first had to “put the cart before the horse” with the rear fender, seat, and pillion (all of which are based on the original’s supporting structure). The Tin Man then went to work on the fuel tank, extensively modifying it to make it narrower, sportier, and employing knee indents to give it a more athletic emphasis. Together with the lines of the fairing, the effect serves to expose that huge boxer engine even more.

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Back to Story: BMW Motorrad presents the Blechmann R 18 custom .

BMW gave its new cruiser motorcycle to the famously reclusive Austrian craftsman, who delivered a radical neo-retro custom . Blechmann ’ s a traditionalist, forgoing sketches and renders in favor of working directly on the motorcycle he’ s customizing . For the R 18 project, he followed his usual

a motorcycle parked on the side of a building: The hand-sculpted fairing brims with meticulous detailing, using various finishes for even more impact. © Provided by Motorcycle Cruiser The hand-sculpted fairing brims with meticulous detailing, using various finishes for even more impact.

But with that fairing serving as a powerful focal point, not just any headlight would do, so Blechmann customized the headlight frame into a subtle kidney-shaped design with a filament lamp placed squarely in the center, and covered by a one-off Plexiglas lens. For the final touches, Naumann and his crew lavished the skin of this custom with a classic BMW motorcycle paint job, all black and white with white double pinstripes to seal the heritage angle.

a close up of a motorcycle: You might not guess that underneath the impressive new bodywork much of the original R 18 remains intact—including the funky mufflers. © Provided by Motorcycle Cruiser You might not guess that underneath the impressive new bodywork much of the original R 18 remains intact—including the funky mufflers.

But if Blechmann says he usually works alone on his craftsmanship and designs, he also acknowledges that for the final product it takes a village of hand-picked professionals: “You can’t do anything in this world on your own. I am more than glad to have a reliable personnel infrastructure.” In total, Blechmann and his team put in 450 hours to transform a factory R 18 into a piece of rolling art. Clearly time well spent.

a wheel of a car: Discreet touches include strategically placed tank roundels. © Provided by Motorcycle Cruiser Discreet touches include strategically placed tank roundels. a motorcycle parked on the side of a building: Neo-retro bagger in the front, pseudo-café party in the rear? © Provided by Motorcycle Cruiser Neo-retro bagger in the front, pseudo-café party in the rear?

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