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BMW Motorrad announces new R18M and Aurora Customs

The latest BMW Custom is this sporty R 18M build unveiled at the Verona Motorbike Expo in Italy. (BMW Motorrad /)

The BMW R 18 Customs is just about to see the latest efforts at the annual Verona Motorbike Expo in Italy, where BMW has already introduced new bikes. The two latest works are the result of a collaboration between BMW Motorrad Italy and a local customizer well known on the Italian side of the globe. The first R18 M is a project developed by an Italian magazine. Low ride Later fleshed out by the American Dream Shop, the second R 18 Aurora was created by Garage 221 on behalf of the BMW Motorrad Roma.

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The R 18 M has many carbon fibers and handmade parts from the tip to the tail. Assembly is by American Dreams.

The R 18 M has many carbon fibers and handmade parts from the tip to the tail. Assembly is by American Dreams. (BMW Motorrad /)

The “M” designation may be familiar to sports-loving BMW Auto Junkies, Low ride The magazine wanted to give the R18 the same atmosphere. BMW cruiser A sportier look without completely preying on the R18’s retro lines. In R 18 M design, says Giuseppe Ronsen, director of Low ride, “Work focuses on chassis, suspension setup, bodywork, accessories, mechanics and electronics haven’t changed.”

The saddle is courtesy of LR leather. The painting inspired by M is by Dox Art Factory.

The saddle is courtesy of LR leather. The painting inspired by M is by Dox Art Factory. (BMW Motorrad /)

To achieve that goal Low ride Joining a proven partner in the field, using designer Oberdan Bezzi to process design sketches and using Elaboratorio’s company for modeling (custom tails and fiberglass mini-shields were also created from scratch). , Participated in the American Dreams Workshop and processed all the assembly. element.

The dark side of R 18 M. The short pipe of the ER exhaust seems to have a large lean angle.

The dark side of R 18 M. The short pipe of the ER exhaust seems to have a large lean angle. (BMW Motorrad /)

Many other companies have tipped in as well. The short exhaust pipe was courtesy of ER Exhaust Revolution, an LR leather saddle design, and the painting was outsourced to Dox Art Factory. Rizoma concludes with accessories such as mirrors, grips and universal indicators.

The Aurora habits of Garage 221 are heavily influenced by floats and take a more retro approach.

The Aurora habits of Garage 221 are heavily influenced by floats and take a more retro approach. (BMW Motorrad /)

On the other hand, the igniter of the Aurora build is R18 at EICMA in 2019 According to garage 221 principal Pier Francesco Marchio, the project was initially inspired by cruisers from the 1970s, as evidenced by Aurora’s inclusion of retro elements such as bobbers and wraparound fenders. Has developed. Never miss a giant “bat wing” fairing. This is a clear nod to the Harley Tourer at the time. Hmm … is that a BMW heresy?

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Aurora pays homage to Harley's Batwing.

Aurora pays homage to Harley’s Batwing. (BMW Motorrad /)

Not surprisingly, some of the other changes to the R 18 Aurora began as an element of other BMW models.For example, the saddle is completely BMW 1200 CThe fairing support was made using 1982 turn signal parts BMW R 100Part of the rear frame of the BMW K 75 has also reached the Aurora. However, the fender support, saddle support and license plate holder are all completely handmade.

Other BMW parts contributed to the final build. The seat is off the old 1200C.

Other BMW parts contributed to the final build. The seat is off the old 1200C. (BMW Motorrad /)

The rugged exhaust pipe was created in collaboration with Leovins to give the central part of the R 18 a muscular visual line, while making it sound even more full throat.

Pier Francesco adds: “The textured processing of the cylinder head cover, injection housing, central crankcase and oil cooler grille makes everything look uniform and creates a unique effect on the cylinder block and bevel gear. The results are excellent.”

A mix of old and new aurora. The oil cooler grill was inspired by the BMW cars of the 1960s.

A mix of old and new aurora. The oil cooler grill was inspired by the BMW cars of the 1960s. (BMW Motorrad /)

https://www.motorcyclecruiser.com/story/news/bmw-motorrad-unveils-new-r-18-m-aurora-customs/ BMW Motorrad announces new R18M and Aurora Customs

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