It comes from Stoos Customs of Cape Town, a shop whose main specialty is based around American V-twins. Alex Stoos and his team won’t shy away from doing things differently from time to time, though, so they took the opportunity to customize an R 18 as soon as it presented itself. Their design philosophy of “brutal simplicity” is in full effect here, giving the Beemer a much more elegant, almost minimalistic presence.
At first, the bike’s owner only sought to give it some new grips, but he was so stoked by Stoos’ previous work that he decided to dive in head-first and commission a complete build. His confidence was clearly rewarded big time, because he now owns what may just be the raddest R 18 in all of South Africa. Without further ado, let’s take a closer look at how this stunning one-off distinguishes itself from stock – pun absolutely intended.
For starters, there’s an abundance of carbon fiber at work here, mainly present in the footwear department. You will now find a five-spoke carbon wheel from BST at the front and a lenticular unit made of the same material at the back. More CFRP goodness can be found on the engine, in the form of swanky valve covers and matching air intake tubes.
The Beemer was already starting to look pretty sweet with the new exhaust and carbon fiber wheels, but Alex and his team were just getting warmed up. They went to town in the motorcycle’s cockpit area, as well, installing a wide low-rise handlebar outfitted with plain grips and an underslung mirror at each end. We also find a pair of bar-end turn signals, most likely hailing from the Motogadget catalog.
Aiming to minimize clutter as much as possible in the cockpit, Stoos kept the R 18’s stock gauge but had it moved to a more suitable location. The instrumentation is now recessed into the fuel tank right behind the filler cap, and you’ll see billet BMW roundels replacing the colored units on the flanks.
Allegedly, The Distinguished Brute also features discreet mounting hardware for a pillion seat, just in case Stoos’ customer decides to ride two-up. Finishing off the bespoke paraphernalia at the rear is a swingarm-mounted license plate holder, located on the right-hand side of the wheel. With 91 hp and 116 pound-feet (157 Nm) of torque at its disposal, the 1,802cc boxer didn't exactly need any performance upgrades.
Thus, the handmade exhaust is the only powertrain-related mod performed here, and the suspension also remains unchanged at both ends. For the final touches, Stoos added CNC-machined foot pegs and a bright LED headlamp, but you’ll have a hard time finding the rear lighting modules unless you look up close.
That’s because they were neatly integrated into the upper swingarm tubing – a cool little touch showcasing the workshop’s attention to detail. Lastly, there’s the machine’s muted, yet undeniably handsome color scheme, which makes use of a dark grey hue on the fuel tank and black everywhere else. For a bit of much-needed contrast, items like the driveshaft, exhaust headers, and engine have all been left unpainted.