Sometimes custom builds veer so far from the original bike that they become basically unrecognizable. That's not the case with the Ton-Up BMW R80 Indira Motorcycle. It's respectful of the original design, while adding enough new features to forge its own identity. There's a new fuel tank, a lowered front suspension, a shortened sub-frame, a new seat, smaller handlebars, headlight, taillight, and indicators, a new exhaust, and handsome black and brown livery. Yet the BMW engine at its heart is still there, visible as ever, an indication to fellow gearheads of the bike's rich heritage.
Celebrating BMW's tradition of form and function, the Deus Ex Machina BMW Heinrich Maneuver Motorcycle is a throwback to the work of the renowned German fuel tank designer Karl Heinrich, for whom it's named. Indeed, the oversized gloss white and alloy tank is a centerpiece for the bike, using an elaborate network of channels and baffles to keep the fuel from sloshing around. Other notable features include a bespoke sub frame, a hand-crafted alloy and suede seat, slightly repositioned the foot-pegs and controls for ideal body placement, and a Motogadget dash.
A classically-trained industrial designer. A client who wanted a low-maintenance solution. And a classic airhead. Add them together and you get the Tim Harney 1976 BMW 75/6 Motorcycle. This subtle update on the vintage bike sports a number of custom enhancements, including Mikuni VM32 carburators, shortened Suzuki DR650 forks, a Harley-Davidson Sportster headlight, an electronic ignition, a custom 304 stainless steel exhaust with an Arrow muffler, and a new, smaller battery with custom-wired fuse box. The cowhide-covered seat, engine-matching frame, black subframe, and blue gray paint on the new gas tank apply the finishing touches.