During BMW Motorrad Days Japan the German bike manufacturer premiered a collection of four unique BMW R nineT motorcycles, each conceived as a result of custom conversions by leading Japanese tuners; Go Takamine of Brat Style, Kaichiroh Kurosu of Cherry’s Company, Shiro Nakajima of 46 Works and Hideya Togashi of HIDE Motorcycle took on the challenge to transform a BMW R nineT into an individual creation of their own in less than 200 days.
In terms of lightweight construction and functionality, Shiro Nakajima‘s ‘Clubman Racer‘ interpretation of the R nineT referenced his previous projects – largely having been developed for racing use. ‘What I wanted was to create something a bit more sporty than a cafe racer,’ Nakajima explained. ‘A motorcycle that you don’t just take into an urban environment or ride over mountains with but one that you can also really enjoy on the racetrack. This was the reason why I chose above all to make it as light as possible.’
Go Takamine‘s ‘Cyclone‘ interpretation of the R nineT was in the style of a tracker bike, detailed with a graphic motif, crowned by immaculate paintwork and numerous chrome components. ‘This street bike is my attempt to combine the past with the near future, in the form of a modern, current motorcycle concealed beneath a nostalgic exterior,‘ said Takamine.
The ‘Highway Fighter‘ from Kaichiroh Kurosu was the result of a mixture between both historic and current BMW motorcycle elements. Comparisons with the BMW R7 prototype from 1934 are evident even though Kurosu‘s concept was made in modern production facilities with current styling. ‘For me the object of the exercise was to look into the future.’ he said. ‘I imagined what BMW motorcycles might look like ten years from now, and I think that this would still be a pretty cool bike even if the traditional flat-twin engine were to be replaced by an electric motor.‘