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‘2Shot’ BMW R nineT


Posted on June 27, 2016 by Andrew in Café Racer. 25 comments

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Written by Martin Hodgson.

When Confucius said “all good things are difficult to achieve and bad things are very easy to get,” he might not have been talking about motorcyclists, but I’m sure he’d agree Stuart’s story fits the bill. Having pieced together a very tasty Triumph Thruxton, Stuart, a Sydneysider originally from Switzerland, was minding his own business when cruising the CBD on his bike when a tourist in the harbourside city came straight through a red light and took him out. Both man and machine were in a mess and although Stuart would ride again, his number one steed had to be put down. Six weeks in a wheelchair and three months out of action to recover gave him a lot of time to think. And rather than waste drinking beer and playing Xbox, Stuart used his recovery to imagine his motorcycling resurrection, a raging BMW R nineT.

Ok, so maybe some beers were indeed drunk along the way, but having lost his custom Triumph the BMW gave him a second chance at motorcycle nirvana and not even a bad accident could put Stuart off riding again. “I had a lot of time to think over this build, firstly I had to buy another motorcycle whilst I couldn’t walk – the irony was too much and it had to be done! So a spanking new BMW R nineT was bought and delivered unannounced to Gasoline to kick off the excitement. They already knew this build wasn’t going to be a normal one. The R nineT was my second shot at the perfect motorcycle – hence 2shot.” The theme of the build would take on the feeling of resurrection as both man and machine came closer to be whole again. Perhaps with Confucius in mind Stuart also decided to make it a challenge “I also bizarrely wanted a difficult and lengthy build process” and the result is all kinds of good.

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Clearly the body work is the most striking change to the modern take on a retro bike that BMW delivered to market so it was fitting that the work has been done by Georgio and Vaughan at Motorretro. Compromising the tank, front fairing, fender and the tail section Stuart’s ideas have been brought to life by seriously talented craftsman willing to think outside the box. Using 6061 aluminium alloy there is literally hundreds of hours of hand and machine work to form each part from raw material into one-off pieces of perfection. Vaughan explains the task “After the wire forming bucks were completed the metal shaping could start. We used the Eckold power hammers we have and our own specially designed/manufactured cast iron wheeling machines, along with other traditional metal shaping tools and techniques. Traditional tools include specialised blocking hammers and forming dollies. Traditional methods would include annealing the aluminium prior to shaping and gas welding to have invisible weld seams.”

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The finished result is incredible but rather than lay down coats of colour Stuart wanted a rough texture that gave the precision built bodywork a raw appearance as if fashioned from some post-apocalyptic materials. A coarse-cut file was used to give the effect, run over the alloy in different directions before layers of specially formulated matte finish clear coat were applied to protect the metal and give the grainy look a smooth touch. All this hard work would have gone to waste with lights and accessories spewing out all over the place so instead the latest in LED is used, frenched into the rear for a small but effective taillight/indicator combination. While upfront the LED Halo headlight gives the old school look utilising modern technology that recreates the feeling of an old R series racer down to the 9T. “With the amount of time and effort we put into the bike you can become emotionally attached” says Vaughan who along with Georgio have literally etched their soul into the machine.

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Must be nice not to have to worry about scratches

Back at Gasoline a fuel filler cap was designed and machined to fit into the new tank which further accentuates the overall industrial feel. The custom alloy seat pat built just for one was then covered in foam before being wrapped in black perforated leather and not a foot has been put wrong in keeping the lines flow from front to back. Keeping the bugs off Stuart’s face a custom impact resistant Perspex windshield was cut and fitted into the new fairing and the subtle tint works brilliantly with the alloy and black theme. That is further assisted with the front forks coming from the factory in gold now wearing new black anodizing and you start to appreciate the lengths to which Stuart has gone to ensure his BMW is exactly the way he wanted it to be. The factory’s blacked out Brembo’s clamp the dinner plate sized 320mm twin discs and even the lower legs have been given the murdered out treatment.

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The engine in the nineT is the 1170cc Boxer twin that looks very much like the original R series units but with all the benefits of modern technology. It also happens to be considerably more powerful and with the right modifications Stuart has managed to squeeze even more ponies from the Bavarian brute. The most obvious of which is the stunning 2 into 1 exhaust system that merges in an underbox style muffler firing its flames sideways thanks to twin tips exiting just behind the side stand. Fabricated at the same time were a set of replacement inlet tracts that do away with the stock rubber units and feed the engine fresh gulps of air straight from the factory box. It’s already a beautiful engine to look at but it’s made even more impressive with RSD valve covers and billet machined RSD breast-plate for an old school hot rod grill appearance.

The Swiss get swift

With go and show now more than taken care of the final touches are all about ensuring the bike fits Stuart like a glove. A set of rearsets replace the factory pegs and allow for a sportier position on the bike and better feel clicking up through the gears. While replacing the factory bars with a set of clip-ons allows Stuart to tuck in behind the tinted screen when he really wants to get the BMW wound up.

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The riding position was no fluke, careful time and consideration was taken to ensure hands, feet and rear end were all positioned exactly right for the perfect rider feel. Thanks to a bunch of clever parts from the likes of Motogadget there is also the joy that comes from keyless start and stunning minimalist instrument gauge. Keeping everything legal on the Sydney streets those new clip-ons feature integrated bar end turn signals and a new number plate holder ensures the bodywork’s lines aren’t disturbed.

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We’re digging that exhaust

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The lengthy build a result of both Stuart’s vision and the time it takes true craftsman to fashion such a design ensured that his war wounds have finally healed and the BMW can be ridden the way it deserves. It’s a hell of a thing to be knocked off your bike in such a brutal fashion but to bounce back not just as a rider but with an incredible machine to start the journey on again is a testament to the true biker in Stuart’s blood. So back to the wise old teacher who began our tale “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall” and what a glory 2Shot is!

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[via Throttle Roll. Photos by @PeteCagnacci]








  • John Wanninger

    I love it. Super slick, killer fabrication, and I really dig the finish on the aluminum…

    Great work.

    • arnold

      I can’t see the Bike Fab, but the furniture looks spectacular, and I hope functional. Skills I only wish that I would have.

  • I really, really, really love this bike! The raw treatment on the aluminum makes it more… RAW!

  • Alasdair Sykes

    Oh my…

  • revdub

    Wow, what a beast. The body work is off the charts amazing.

  • Doublenickle

    Very nice. I like the thick edge on the fairing.

  • the watcher

    Although the alloy work is off-the-scale in terms of craftmanship, in terms of styling it’s odd; too thick under the screen, something less than elegant around the tail-light and the screen itself? Good luck getting in behind there (bet he replaces it within a year). Also, on such an expensive one-off, the RSD bits look tacky. I guess I just can’t get excited about these R9T builds; even at this level it’s just not demonstrably an improvement over the original.

    • katman

      Aren’t you just a little ray of sunshine.

  • Jim Roberts

    reminds me of something pininfarina would have done…all curvy with a lot of feminine suggestions. exhaust is killer. a fine example of what it is.

  • Tyler Stone

    Bike of the year?
    I’m still drooling over that tail section – you’d almost expect the light strip to be right along the bone-line, at the farthest back tip. When it wasn’t there, I actually had to go looking before I saw it frenched in above the subframe! You can’t really hide a headlight, but otherwise it looks like an unmarked race bike.
    I want it. A lot.

  • Davidabl2

    In one way,it’s cool that the bodywork is one-off. In another way, it really,really sucks that this is the case.

  • aerojack7654

    While I agree that the lower edge of the fairing might have been handled a little more elegantly, that’s about all I could possibly fault. I completely disagree that this is not an improvement over the stock bike, definitely out of the park more character.

  • Killer body work.

  • the watcher

    Craftsmanship or no, it looks bulbous and forced and that screen really is a bad joke. Ally bodywork looks cool on primitive old racers and the like. Today we use fancy plastics and fibres and now I know why.

  • Dave Coetzee

    As a bike-crazy teenager in the ’70s, I once dreamed that I “accidently” got locked inside one of my favourite bike dealerships at closing time. I somehow managed to test-ride most of my favourite bikes before the doors opened the next morning!
    Now, 40 years later, my son works at my favourite local bike dealership and occasionally brings home – for me to test-ride – the closest thing to Stuart’s unique masterpiece …

  • guvnor67

    Awesome!!! Now that’s how you mod an R9T. And so good that a massive positive came (eventually) from a negative!! 2 thumbs up, a cheers, a prost and a Salut!! Tres Bien, sehr gut!!

  • pambu

    strange ..bike seems like a blatant copy of “Motokouture’s MK22” blokbeest.. was built a while ago..

    i cannot imagine that 2shot never saw the original bike before they build theirs

    this whole “cafe-racer” scene is getting wack

    • Interesting thought. Without knowing either party involved and just looking at the two machines – While at first glance there might be similarities, in the colour and materials pallet and the Dunstall~esk fairing (and lets be honest, these two are not the only bare metal cafe masterpieces in town), the approach to the tank and tail unit are worlds apart. In their overall silhouette, surfaces and, most noticeably, the treatment of the lower edge, the MK22 trying hard to introduce the horizontal line while 2Shot has the ducktail following a frame spar/cylinder head line and its tank having that organic arch to it. Two very clean builds, two handsome machines and two clearly different paths to happiness.

      On a different note – in the wider angle shots of the 2shot that surface treatment almost made it look like the whole bike had been carved from Damascus steel, nice effect.

    • all awesome builds should be encouraged, stop acting like such a bitch!

    • Mark Fucking Hawwa

      BOTH THE EXACT SAME….. (to a blind man)

      • the watcher

        Seat and tank are completely different (just actually look) though fairing and mudguard are v. similar thereby under lining what I previously said about using ally to create something requiring so many compound curves. It’s rubbish for the job and so we use plastics. Simple.

  • Ine

    Honestly, when I first saw it, I thought that this bike was by another builder: Motokouture.
    http://www.motokouture.be/rar.php?id=37
    You can see where the ideas came from 🙂

    Still, nice bike.

  • Fantastic design and execution.

  • ElectroBaby

    Custom motorcycles are meant to catch the eye. Make you appreciate them for what they are. This motorcycle does’t “catch” your eye, so much as “GRAB YOUR EYEBALLS AND REFUSE TO LET GO”. The lines, curves, and thought behind this build are nothing short of astounding. It’s rare to see a machine be both “beautiful” and “mean as hell” – and it balances them both wonderfully. This would be wicked to see screaming down the road.

  • Spencer CT

    Nice exhaust. I’ve been planning something similar. Nice to see post fab & well done at that.
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