BMW Motorrad Australia recently teamed up with the Deus Ex Machina workshop in Sydney to produce what is arguably one of the cleanest and meanest BMW R nineT we’ve seen. With a perfect mix of contrasting colours and materials, Deus have turned a modern-classic head turner into a heritage inspired daily drive that most of us could only dream of having.
“The R nineT has been fettled by some of the world’s best custom houses since its release in late 2013. When BMW Australia asked if we’d be interested we jumped at the opportunity,” says Carby Tuckwell, Creative Director at Deus.
“The first step is always taking the bike back to its bones, its during this phase we discover how well screwed together the bike is when it leaves the factory. It seems like every part was designed to compliment another – all those R&D Deutschmarks show in the quality of the tooling.” – Deus Australia
The attention to detail in this build leaves nothing to be desired. From the clear tubing, to the custom made oversized tank right through to the badges, it is a meticulously planned out piece of art on two wheels.
The badges might be the best example, where left over alloys were melted down and poured into sand casts to make the bespoke branded plating. The imperfect result of which gives the bike a very ‘unique’ feel and has a clear visual link to the heritage of the brand.
“Custom bikes can often sacrifice function for style and we wanted this to be an everyday motorcycle. We wanted to create a bike that was a blend of BMW heritage with a hint of R nineT technology,” – Carby tuckwell.
“After some shuffling of the furniture under the R nine T’s skirt we managed to free up extra space for some custom pipework, the time had come to give this boxer a special bark. The challenge began re-thinking the plumbing, we needed something a little more compact yet functional enough to keep the bike at rideable decibels.” – Deus Australia
Hand shaping aluminium is a highly skilled exercise and you don’t want to get wrong, especially when shaping with large sheets over multiple curves. To make the object more manageable the tank is halved into two matching opposite panels. Then these panels get the life rolled and beaten out of them until then resemble half a tank. Precision is everything and the old adage measure three times cut once hangs thick in the air. – Deus Australia
If you still can’t get enough of The Heinrich Manoeuver, you can see a time-lapse of the build below:The full build can be found in diary format on the BMW Motorrad website.