Leslie Porterfield Models on the BMW S 1000 RR

The fastest woman in the world on a motorcycle would be the perfect choice for a photoshooting that involves the BMW S 1000 RR superbike. This is why German photographer Markus Hoffman picked Leslie Porterfield for a recent photoshoot which took place at the in the BMW Wind Tunnel, a far better choice than those two cheetahs and scary supermodel he had pictured next to the machine last time.

This time we have to admit we are pleased with the result. Having Leslie wear a collection of Haute Couture from top designers such as Karl Lagerfeld, Marcel Ostertag and Thomas Kirchgrabner, while accompanied by the BMW S1000 RR shows a more feminine, still powerful side of the renowned female motorcyclist.

"There are so many motorcycle manufacturers that combine motorcycles and women in an artless and sleazy way, that I thought there just had to be a better way of doing it,"
said Hofmann. "I had no intention of putting a naked woman on a bike, and it was very clear to me that the bike had to be the S1000RR superbike in the same colour that people have seen on the racetrack in 2009. I didn’t want the bike to fade into the background either – showing the name of the manufacturer was also very important for me, because it made the feeling of a pit stop and racetrack environment much more authentic," he adds.

The 33-year-old American rider currently holds multiple land speed records, and during last September’s speed trials at Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, she achieved a top speed of 246.6 mph (396.864 km/h) and set an average speed of 240 mph (386.2 km/h).

For Art Director Dirk Meycke, Leslie and the BMW S 1000 RR was the best possible fusion between fashion and technology. “It was a challenge but in the end we achieved a nice balance. Black clothing is often difficult to photograph because you can get a loss of texture and contours. As for the S 1000 RR, it’s not an easy process because you have to highlight certain parts and darken others that you don’t want to emphasise. It’s a process that is a bit more complicated than a typical fashion or beauty retouching because you don’t want the model to look like a robot, but the motorcycle still has to look very strong, technical and masculine,” said Meycke.
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