Cafe Racer, RnineT
2015 BMW RnineT 1200cc
With the imminent arrival of BMW’s new RnineT ‘less pimped’ scrambler that’s about to hit the showrooms we decided to go all high end and not so scrambler ish with this build!
Justin; a pharmaceutical company owner from Hertfordshire, gave us his 2016 700 mile RnineT and gave us free rein but he still wanted to retain the upright riding position and BMW classy styling.
The bike arrived, then a constant flow of pricey aftermarket parts came in daily with Justin saying “just use what you think will work with your vision, pick out what you want to keep for yourself and send the rest back with my bike”, generous Chap!
Having built a few of these now the main aim for me was to make the lines on the bike flow better to make it less bitty especially the rear end, much better to have a clean one seat pod and a leather upholstered pad than a load of bits that don’t follow the same angle as the frame or the tank. We set about fabricating our Kevils cafe rear end out of aluminium which we cut a slice out of the bottom to fit snugly over the LED tail light and indicators strip light.
The air box has also been removed and a filler panel fabricated to the non-symmetrical tank, the battery has also been relocated in a box under the tank for a open minimal look. K&N filters fitted make it breath better, and a full Akrapovic titanium exhaust fitted, the bikes also been remapped on the Dyno to refine the fuelling for optimum performance.
The list of parts is endless on the build;
Full carbon fibre BST racing wheels, Pirelli Diablo corsa tyres, nitro rear shock, Rizoma bars , halo headlight and cowl which hides the original clocks, bar end indicators, Rizoma billet front engine cover which we swapped the 90 logo for our badge, oil cooler guard etc.
All the panels are painted in the latest bmw Estorol blue, most of the silver and gold bits have been Powdercoated and anodised for a cleaner meaner look!
No doubt there are more extreme RnineT customs out there but I wanted the bike to look factory custom and still very much usable which I’m sure I’ve achieved, Justin is very happy with the final result!
Photography by Rob Grist
God Is In The Details
- Kevils Cafe Racer Seat
- Leather Seat
- Custom Paintwork
- LED Rear Lights
- Titanium Exhaust
- Halo LED Headlight
- Carbon Wheels
- Kevils Speed Shop Fuel Cap
- Kevils Speed Shop Headlamp Pod
- Diablo Tyres