Judging public opinion is a fickle business.
So when a builder hits on a concept that works, it’s tempting to get comfortable and stick to the formula.
The first build we featured from California-based JSK Moto was a sweet BMW R nineT-based scrambler. It spread like wildfire, and even landed on BMW Motorrad’s radar. But rather than build a series of sequels, JSK point man Samuel Kao followed up with a couple of diverse and pretty zany bikes.
Now, almost two and a half years later, he’s come back to the R nineT—but with a very different vibe. “After the scrambler, we really wanted to make a cafe racer too,” he says. “Our schedule is busy so it took a long time—but it was worth the wait.”
“The R nineT was designed with customization in mind. We saw many wonderful variations, and BMW also released its own Racer. While creating our own, we thought maybe we could push the idea of easy customization further.”
The key to JSK’s approach lies in the new fairing and tank. The two are actually one piece, and function as a cover with a hidden fuel tank attached to the frame underneath.
Team JSK wanted to strike a balance between complex lines and overall simplicity, so they chose to shape the new frontal bodywork from fiberglass. It’s here that Samuel wanted to incorporate a very specific element: “We wanted to have the signature BMW angel eye headlight for the motorcycle,” he says.
“We sourced it from a car, but it was too small for a motorcycle. So we added a custom aluminum vent around the headlight to help dissipate heat, and create a futuristic look.”
Building everything from scratch gave JSK the freedom to tweak the ergonomics too, so they nudged the seat forward for improved comfort. Then they cleaned up the cockpit with a custom CNC-machined triple tree and a set of Driven clip-ons.
The parts list on this R nineT is as desirable as it is considered. The BMW now rolls on Roland Sands Design ‘Hutch’ wheels, with matching brake rotors. There’s a new Gears Racing H2 Plus shock out back, and Dunlop Q3 Sportmax tires to grip the road better.
JSK installed a full exhaust system from Akrapovič, and an Earl’s Performance oil cooler. They also added ENLiNT rear sets, Beringer clutch and brake master cylinders, and a RCE Power Lithium-ion battery.
DK Design supplied the air intakes, a carbon fiber front fender, the dash bezel, and the nifty rear mudguard and plate holder combo (which also houses a tiny LED tail light). Motogadget bar-end signals, a rear brake reservoir from PSR, and an engine breastplate and valve covers from RSD round out the package.
JSK Moto’s final color palette was equally considered. Jeffrey Chang at the famous Air Runner Custom Paint laid down a coat of silver, with a set of slick German flag stripes up front.
Samuel also resisted the urge to black all the parts out, leaving just the right amount of contrast to complement the paint.
The R nineT’s new name is another nod to its Bavarian heritage: they’ve called it ‘Autobahn Streak.’ “It’s a build to make you want to ride long distances on the highway,” says Samuel.
This article first appeared on Bike Exif. It’s republished here with permission.