The commission came from BMW Motorrad directly, so Nick and his team got the opportunity to work with a brand-new donor. Namely, they were given a 2021 R 18 First Edition and told to get as creative as they could, but the motorcycle’s 1,802cc boxer-twin engine remains internally unchanged. With a power output numbering 91 ponies and 116 pound-feet (157 Nm) of low-end torque, this bad boy offers oodles of grunt straight out of the box.
Augment also kept the original brakes and suspension, focusing their full attention on the cosmetic side of things. For starters, all the factory bodywork aside from the fuel tank and side covers has been ditched, and even the remaining parts look wildly different than they did before. This comes as a result of the intricate livery which we’ll get to a bit later on.
Toronto's bike-modding connoisseurs also removed the standard wheels, replacing them with something a lot more suitable for the chopper theme. It was actually BMW (in collaboration with Roland Sands Design) that came to Augment’s aid here, providing a pair of chromed alloy hoops from their proprietary aftermarket range.
The stock air intake system was deleted in favor of a tailor-made aluminum unit, featuring open velocity stacks for the photoshoot. One can easily swap these with pod filters for practicality’s sake, so as to prevent road debris from getting inside the throttle bodies. Although the OEM exhaust headers were retained, they now run into cocktail shaker silencers via custom connector pipes.
A fair chunk of the electronics were relocated beneath the gas tank, then it came time for the Augment squad to address the broader cosmetic mods. They fashioned a chopper-style seat pan out of aluminum, subsequently handing it over to Raven6 Customs for the upholstery. A two-piece, densely padded saddle was fabricated from scratch and covered in high-quality leather, which flaunts a mesmerizing black-and-white pattern up top.
FNA Custom Cycles supplied those small, yet bright LED headlamps, while Nick’s specialists shaped a groovy filigree support for them using a solid block of aluminum. Gone is the bike’s original handlebar, making room for chromed ape-hangers equipped with the standard controls, aftermarket fluid reservoir caps, and Motogadget bar-end turn signals. The ergonomic package is finished off with fresh CNC-machined foot pegs.
Last but not least, there’s El Boxeador’s striking paintwork, which was executed by Amanda of Black Widow Custom. She came up with a tattoo-inspired livery employing countless symbols you can associate with BMW or motorcycling in general. For instance, I noticed a spark plug and the all-so-important ATGATT acronym painted on the rear fender, as well as boxer gloves on the side covers and a toaster on the fuel tank.
The latter is a particularly nice touch, nodding to the “toaster” tank you’ll find on the classic R75/5 from the seventies. Applied in a mixture of black and off-white, the Beemer’s snazzy color scheme is a work of art in and of itself. Some might say it’s a little goofy, but it ensures El Boxeador will have no problem standing out in a sea of R 18s. With the paint job complete, the Bavarian chopper was at last in its final form and ready to turn heads.