This Custom BMW R nineT Is a Superb Mixture of New and Old, Looks Downright Ravishing

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Photo: WalzWerk
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In the custom bike world, few people know their way around the BMW marque as well as WalzWerk’s founder and frontman, Marcus Walz. The German mastermind has been killing the customization game for well over three decades now, mainly focusing on Motorrad’s machines but also tackling other marques every now and then. This article’s photo gallery showcases one of his latest endeavors.
It started with a brand-new R nineT Pure in 2023, the year marking BMW’s 100th anniversary and WalzWerk’s 33rd. Marcus sought to infuse the modern boxer with a nice bit of retro charm inspired by its forefathers, and he kicked things off by installing a bolt-on subframe from the shop’s aftermarket catalog. Attached to the stock mounting points, this looped structure tightens up the rear-end proportions significantly.

A stylish solo seat is placed above, featuring standard upholstery on the sides and perforated black leather up top. You’ll notice a new rear fender in that area, as well, and the original shock absorber was swapped with a piggyback Black T alternative. Front-end suspension duties are still managed by the OEM forks, but they’ve been upgraded with Wilbers internals for good measure.

Black rubber gaiters enhance the motorcycle’s vintage flair, while a slim front fender replaces the factory part. Unsprung territory is now home to a pair of laced aftermarket wheels, whose rims are embraced by grippy Metzeler rubber on both ends. Rounding out the nineT’s rear end is a swingarm-mounted license plate holder from Rizoma, as well as multi-function LEDs placed on each side of the seat.

Literally and figuratively, the centerpiece of this build is the handsome fuel tank transplanted from a classic R model. Some heavy modifications had to be carried out before it could fit its new host, but Marcus pulled them off masterfully. He then added a flip-up filler cap up top and custom badges on the sides, with the latter being a stylish reinterpretation of the original BMW roundels.

Up in the cockpit area, we come across a replacement handlebar complete with adjustable ABM control levers and WalzWerk’s proprietary fluid reservoirs. Interestingly enough, the standard R nineT headlight has been retained, as it was a perfect match for the look that Marcus was after. CNC-machined rearsets finish off the ergonomic package in style, courtesy of LSL.

Although the engine internals have been left unchanged, our protagonist did work his magic on the intake and exhaust. The former benefits from top-shelf K&N air filtration paraphernalia, and the stock exhaust plumbing has been replaced with an Akrapovic substitute. In terms of paintwork, the entire motorcycle was finished in black except for its gas tank. The fuel cell wears a superb desert sand hue topped with black graphic and pinstripes.
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About the author: Silvian Secara
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A bit of an artist himself, Silvian sees two- and four-wheeled machines as a form of art, especially restomods and custom rides. Oh, and if you come across a cafe racer article on our website, it’s most likely his doing.
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