What would you do if you had access to anything, and 100 hours of time at your disposal?
You could watch Breaking Bad from start to finish twice. You could fly all the way around the world. You could watch every episode of F.R.I.E.N.D.S and still have time for a snack, two toilet breaks and an hours sleep… Or you could put together one of the cleanest, eye catching BMW builds in the world.
Bike Biz BMW RnineT Cafe Racer
Bike Biz is a motorcycle & parts dealer located in the Western Suburbs of Sydney, Australia. Although they boast a parts catalogue that competes with even the biggest online moto store, their garage is not necessarily known for their customisation chops – but in just a few short scrolls of this page, that is about to change.
Having seen several, and featured some of the most impressive RnineT builds that have spanned the globe, we know exactly what kind of bike we are dealing with and what it can become, but we’ve never seen one quite like this. Let’s get straight into the details…
The build is a true collaborative piece of work. Designed and ideated by Mark Condon of Bike Biz, the RnineT was put together to showcase themselves as a newly appointed BMW Motorrad dealer, as well as a major stockist of Rizoma parts that can be seen throughout the build.
An obvious standout is the paintwork, with the design seriously on point. South Australia’s Alex Bianchini Kometer is responsible for the colour scheme with Wollongong’s Dutchy’s Motorcycle Painting behind the mix of the eye-popping colours.
A full strip down was required to get a look at the frame, laying the Ducati Monster-esque foundations with the red flake. A decision that could have been a bit hit or miss if it were not complimented with pinstripe accents around the tins and fairing. Highlighting the structural shape of the frame creates a beautiful polygon, diagonally stretching across the bike to the manifold, looping back up towards the seat.
An engineering highlight is the exhaust system, lovingly crafted by Garry Joel of GazSpeed. It is ended with Akropovic mufflers usually suited to a YZF-R3 as well as Akropovic headers for the RnineT. Garry crafted a custom middle section that follows the lines of the frame until it hits the rear wheel, twisting and winding its way up under the seat and exiting through the two mufflers on either side. The tone is comfortable, not too loud as to attract the wrong sort of attention, but the throaty gargle is enough to turn heads.
Another impressive components is the fairing. Not only does it visually set this build apart, but it has been built in such a way that when the mounts are unbolted, there are absolutely no signs of the parts ever existing. There’s no welding to the frame & the bike can be converted back to pure naked with ease and without compromise.
Our shoot with Peter from Bike Biz was somewhat impromptu. With the bike not being road registered, we had to hit some private land to get a few shots of it in action. Even at fairly slow speeds the colour palette and leaning stance give this BMW a wasp-like character. Having ridden a stock RnineT around for ten days recently, they are definitely quick and nimble enough to live up to that persona.
The rear end is clean. Sure, they’ve risked it with the side mounted license plate and that helps keep the top end tidy, but that aside, the symmetry of the twin mufflers and the simplicity created with the almost invisible LED bullet signals is a far cry from the clunky stock pipes that sit alongside the rear wheel.
We mentioned the Rizoma parts earlier, but they are definitely worth taking a closer look at. The quality of materials is visually noticeable and they really are all over this bike. Rear sets, pegs, mirrors, brake levers, indicators, head covers, clip on bars, intake tips… the lot!
Did we mention how good it looks in action?
And with that in mind, we usually sign off our custom cycle features with some witty quote or comment, but in this instance we’re just going to leave you with another huge photo of the nameless bike that we’ve dubbed ‘The Bizness’.