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TIRING WORK. Diamond Atelier’s Bridgestone RnineT EICMA Special

Posted on December 23, 2017 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. 44 comments

Written by Marlon Slack

We’re huge fans of BMW’s retro lineup here at Pipeburn. Hell, Andrew, the fearless co-founder of Pipeburn, recently shelled out his own hard-earned cash for a brand spanking new RnineT. Lots of others have too. Since its release in 2014, the retro-inspired BMW has been sitting comfortably at the premium end of the market, earning praise for its handling, clean good looks and characterful engine. People love ‘em. And Munich-based bike genii Diamond Atelier have made the most of Bavaria’s finest, turning out this gorgeous Bridgestone-sponsored special.

Eagle-eyed readers will know DA have already turned out a few well-sorted customs based on the model – and last year’s bike of the year winner at Pipeburn was another special based on the RnineT crafted by Diamond Atelier. And with this one sneaking in just at the tail end of 2017 they might just be in for another tilt at the title.

“But when Bridgestone approached them to commission a build they almost turned them down.”

So the team at Diamond Atelier know the bike inside and out and the challenges they’d face when customising one. But when Bridgestone approached them to commission a build they almost turned them down. ‘It was only a few months before EICMA when they asked us if we were interested in collaborating,’ Tom Konecny, co-founder of DA says. ‘We were super stoked about the offer but were almost forced to decline due to the extremely tough timing’.

Thankfully, they shuffled things around a little, stocked up coffee and committed to the Bridgestone RnineT. The new build would be slotted in between existing projects to circumvent the one year waiting period the Munich-based shop currently have. And with a brand new donor bike provided by the team at Bridgestone, DA went to work.

Jaunty exhaust angle. Just don’t leave it parked in the rain

‘We were completely free on the design of the bike,’ Tom recalls, ‘but naturally we were aware of the main feature would be the tires – a prototype set of 2018 Battlax Bridgestones.’ But straightaway the team hit a hurdle. ‘To give the tires the attention they deserve we wanted to mount them on lightweight Gilles forged wheels, which given the timing, we weren’t able to source from our partners in Luxemburg. The only wheels in our specified dimensions was a S1000RR front and a R1200R rear wheel.’ Some of you will be grimacing now – and unsurprised to learn there was a hell of a lot of milling and CNC machining to get it all to fit.

Thankfully the rest of the build threw out less problems. The racer runs Gilles handlebars, rear sets and frame covers. At the rear the cowling is an original BMW aluminum piece cut and narrowed to flow better with the new, stripped back lines of the Bridgestone bike. Underneath that the slimmer seat was reupholstered in the factory pattern using cowhide leather.

So there’s the headlight

But the team are proudest of the BMW’s nacelle that replaces the front headlight unit. ‘We’ve been working more and more with 3D printing technology,’ Tom says, ‘This attempt turned out to be very precise and well proportioned. It replaces the headlight and helps blend the front of the bike to the tank.’ And where’s the headlight, you might ask? Hidden away in the air intakes. Clever buggers.

“And where’s the headlight, you might ask? Hidden away in the air intakes. Clever buggers.”

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is a fine way to end 2017; with a bike that represents the best of what we’ve seen over the last twelve months. A shift away from traditional twin shocked retro bikes and towards ultra clean modern performers, tastily cut down and modified. Diamond Atelier’s in with a running chance at BOTY, don’t you think?

[ Diamond Atelier – Facebook – Instagram | Photos by Lukas Magerl & Julian Weber ]

  • Dave Coetzee

    Hell yeah, bike of the year!

    • Of course, the flaw in our system is that bikes posted this late in the year generally don’t get the time to shine that they deserve. Judging starts on the 27th, so a bike that was posted in January will obviously have had more time to gather likes and comments than one posted yesterday…

  • guvnor67

    What a beauty! From dead side on it looks ready to launch, destroying your licence as it does so! It looks, as the old saying goes, like it’s doing 100mph standing still. Really nice work.

  • the watcher

    Whoa! That is hard-core. D/A are seriously cool cats

    • guvnor67

      They’ve turned out some seriously nice bikes! German engineering and attention to detail!

      • the watcher

        Perhaps I should’ve said “seriously cool cats (for Germans)”?!

        • guvnor67


        • One word. ‘Kraftwerk’.

          • guvnor67

            I have to put my hand up to admit that I have just about every Kraftwerk album ever made. . . .

          • the watcher

            Odd, isnt it? The land that gave us Bach, Beethoven, Goethe, Nietzsche, Duhrer, Dix, Daimler, Kant, Marx, Heidegger, Schumacher, Beckenbauer et al, and people always go for Kraftwerk!

          • guvnor67

            And Xmal Deutschland, and Propaganda, and Mad Max (German rock band), and Scorpions!

        • My Uni lecturer once said, “There’s only three bands in the 20th Century that matter – Kraftwerk, The Beatles and Bob Marley.”

          • the watcher

            Youre trying to provoke me, aren’t you Andrew?

          • guvnor67

            I’m thinking this could open up a whole new, and quite possibly heated, discussion!

          • the watcher

            There’s two terms that need clarification; “bands” (Dylan, Berry?), and “matter” (musically, culturally, historically?) But you’re right, we could have a heated debate.

          • guvnor67

            Absolutely, and of course, musical taste, like riding style, changes depending on situation, mood etc. I could go on and on, but won’t cause it’s Pipeburn, not Guitar Burn or Riff Burn!!!!

          • guvnor67

            He may have a point to a degree, however. . . .

  • KD

    The “face mask”, while not novel, is the most beautifully sculpted one yet. Reminiscent of Rene Magritte’s 1928 painting “The Lovers”, it is absolutely gorgeous. Bravo! The rest of the machine may not necessarily exude novelty, but its sheer elegance serves as a perfect reminder that perhaps less is more.

  • Cam

    jaysus jaysus .. that is fucking pretty

  • AB

    A fantastic build. Graphics are a personal thing but I dig the orange/white.
    It has a great stance.
    Afraid not due to: blocking the air inlet with the lights (they are so small that mounting a set either side of lower edge of the nose would hardly be noticeable, work better and IMO look better. Plus all that farting around with wheels and the front forks are still stock non-adjustable units….

    Hey the T31’s look great – aggressive tread pattern. I ran some T30’s when they first came out and I was impressed.

    • Not sure the lights would block the air in that position. And while I’m sure they would have loved to swap out the forks for a top of the line adjustable pair (i.e. the gold ones), I’m not sure they had enough time to accomplish this.

    • Iain Milne

      Considering it’s running pods, I would doubt the air inlets are a problem. Nice simple clean bike. I like it.

  • You’ve got to admit, the nineTs take very well to a little restancing, yeah?

  • martin hodgson

    This is just bloody cool!!! Dropping the forks and lower bars just makes the R9T look so much meaner and with the mask that dead front on view with the big barrels poking out the side is tough as hell!!!

    I really dig the exhaust, the lines of the seat, the way it hovers would be ruined by a pipe under it or running along side the cowling and kicked up it shows off more of that beautiful wheel on the single sided swingarm. I don’t know exactly what it is, but every DA build looks a million bucks, even their “budget” builds. Bloody impressed!!!!!

  • Mike M

    She has such a great stance.

  • Ausgezeichnet!! D/A never disappoints.

  • properjob

    Beautiful work. The colours make me suspect guerrilla marketing by by Philip Morris and Marlboro

  • Dave Coetzee

    Was wondering – now that we’ve done commenting on this fine build but still return to see if any new comments have been added over this time of the year when Andrew and the boys at Pipeburn should be taking a well deserved break – whether some of us regular commentators can do a bit of a show & tell – in this article-barren, year-end period?
    May I take the liberty to start the ball rolling with my …
    I’m a 56 year old Cafeholic from Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
    Herewith, my super-low budget, ’81 Suzuki GSX250 – initially cafe’d – currently in “scrambler” mode.
    PS. Only Andrew/Pipeburn MAY tolerate such nonsense on a custom bike site. I challenge “Guvnor” to show us his pride & joy.

    • guvnor67

      I’m technically illiterate, however I’m sure my long suffering other half can work it out! BUT, the Honda Cafe/Fighter project will stay hidden until complete!! Watch this space Dave!

      • Dave Coetzee

        Thanks Guv!
        Any others willing to show & tell?

        • guvnor67

          It’s gone awful quiet. . . .

          • Dave Coetzee

            Yeah, it’s tough having to go without our (almost) daily Pipeburn fix.
            Fortunately Pipeburn’ s 2017 BOTY awards has just been posted.

          • guvnor67

            Ha ha, I was meaning your invite for show n tells! And yes, bike of the year, and what a year it’s been!

    • guvnor67

      Here y’all go! The Hi-barred Shadow is one of my daily duty bikes (along with a BMW F650GS not in photo), the Victory Octane has Stage 1 Exhaust and remap and handlebars made by me, the ’79 Bonnie T140e is close to being back on the road, and the silver flamed XV535 is my very patient girlfriend’s.