PROJECT ZERO 31: BMW R NINE T
At first glance, the latest project to roll out of the Cafe Rider workshop looks like it's had very changes carried out. As it turns out, that couldn't be farther from the truth for this BMW R Nine T, or as refer to it, Project Zero 31.
Beginning at the front, a bespoke fabricated fender was shaped out of aluminium for this build. The custom theme carries on to the headlight brackets, which house a 7-inch LED unit with integrated turn signals.
Moving higher, the original speedometer has been retained, but is now fitted to custom brackets, which sit flush against the triple tree clamp, which has been machined flat. Tarozzi clip on handlebars add a bit of style, while leather wound grips provide plenty of grip to twist the throttle and watch objects get smaller and smaller in the Rizoma mirrors.
The tank may look stock, but as always, looks can be deceiving. A BMW R80 lookalike tank in fibreglass was ordered from Unit Motorcycles in Italy. After a beautiful coat of blue metallic paint was laid on it, it was fitted to the bike with custom brackets to accentuate the lines of the R Nine T.
Moving further, a custom subframe was fabricated and bolted to the original frame in a way so as to preserve it, allowing it to be returned to stock whenever necessary.
Looking to the mechanical side, the airbox and the battery box were removed. The ECU and other important electrical components were repositioned under the new fuel tank. A new battery box was created to house and hide the original battery with the aim of making things a fair bit tidier than stock.
Induction and exhaust duties are carried out by a K&N free flow airfilter and a Spark exhaust respectively. The latter is bolted to an aftermarket 2-into-1 titanium bend pipe. All said and done, this BMW definitely sounds the part, both at idle and at wide open throttle.
A custom leather has also been fitted, and is able to seat two with the re-attachment of easily removable footpegs. An integrated rear taillight and turn signals are hidden just inside the frame, giving the rear a very clean aesthetic. A side mount license plate rounds out the rear end with a bit of style.
Original crash bars and a powerful auxiliary light provide a bit more safety and visibility for those night/early morning rides.
All in all, a very tide build that retains the R Nine T's design, while improving certain aspects in an understated way.
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