No cutting, no welding, none of that dirty, oily stuff. Just pure custom R nineT.
In 2016, French custom builder Simon Dabadie released the first of his builds – the LM#1. It was a solid beginning to a limited edition, 10 bikes series based around the Honda NX650 Dominator.
Then, late in 2017 he came back with a fresh approach to BMW’s r NineT – the ER.
Only it wasn’t really real… It was all based off of a kit proposal that Simon had designed intended for those existing r NineT owners looking to update the aesthetics of their bike without all that dirty, grubby nonsense of having to do mechanical things.
Thus the ER Kit was born.
Standing for Enhanced Racer, the ER kit aims to drastically change the look of the wonderful BMW based bike without requiring any alterations to the chassis, reliability or safety of the original machine.
It’s all bolt-on-able within the time it takes for you to – slowly – drink a cup of tea and even the lighting set-up is planned to be as easy as possible.
Annoyingly we haven’t been able to find any prices of the entire kit – it was up for backing on Indiegogo previously for a relatively cheap €1995 – but the Dab Design website does mention that three versions are still available – flax natural fibre, standard fibreglass or the now obligatory carbon.
And with the bikebuilding legends that are the Wrenchmonkees posting about it this week on their Instagram, we reckon there’s a good chance that firing of an email to Simon at Dab Design might well be worth a shot for any aspiring r NineT custom converts.
With it’s mix of late 80s superbike and art deco stylings, it certainly makes a statement. And who says that you need to be an experienced spanner-handler in order to turn a motorcycle into something even more beautiful.
DAB DESIGN Simon Dabadie has done what so many out there wish to do, but don’t dare, becoming you own boss with all the risks, up’s and down’s, make it or fail it..! In 2016 he launched DAB Design with his LM#0 with big success and orders in the book. Now he is trying to get his new project up and running, the “ER Custom kit” for the BMW R nineT.. If this kit becomes a reality and you don’t feel you have the skills to work with Fiberglass, or metal and shape your own bodywork in an english wheel we would say go for this..! #wrenchmonkeesandfriends #wrenchmonkees #wrenchedfromblack #dabdesign #bmwrninet #rninet #ermotorcyclekit #prototyping
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Custom of the Week: BMW R100RS by Bolt Motor Company
MOST CUSTOM BUILDERS are juggling careers, building bikes as a side gig. Adrián Campos falls into that category: he’s the sporting director for Campos Racing, the team founded by his father Adrián Campos Sr, the former Minardi F1 driver.
Adrián Jr. is surrounded by high-tech missiles capable of 208 mph (335 kph), but he’s also nuts about motorcycles. So he started customizing classic bikes, as an antídoto to the ultra-modern race machinery that absorbs his working day.
His first build garnered enough interest to turn his side gig into a fully-fledged second business. Bolt Motor Company is now on its seventeenth build, and employs seven team members.
Bolt shares a workshop in Valencia with Campos Racing. But while the race team preps cars for the Formula 2, Formula 3 and GP3 race series, Adrián is swinging spanners on bikes like this stunning 1982 BMW R100RS.
We’ll admit it’s not the wildest custom boxer we’ve seen. But even though the style is well established, the perfect proportions and level of finish are something else. And the client wasn’t even looking for anything fancy; “He wanted a comfortable cafe racer for two people,” says Adrián, “so that’s what we did.”
The donor arrived in a pretty good condition, but it left in an even better state. There’s fresh paint and powder everywhere, from the motor right through to the forks, frame and tank.
Bolt tweaked the airhead’s stance by lowering the front forks internally just over two inches, then installing a pair of Hagon shocks at the rear. The fuel tank is stock, but the subframe and seat are custom made. The subframe’s a bolt-on affair, and the main frame’s been detabbed and cleaned up.
The taillight’s a particularly nice touch. Bolt built it into the seat rather than the rear loop, along with integrated rear turn signals. The whole setup’s barely visible—until it lights up.
They’ve also added some room for the customer to ‘customize’ his BMW at home. There’s a second tank and seat in a different paint scheme, which can be swapped out via four fasteners for the seat, and one for the tank. The second seat has it’s own plug-and-play taillight too.
Bolt have kept things practical too. The BMW’s airbox is still in play, and it’s also equipped with a BMW oil cooler and crash bars. Plus there’s a discreet inner fender at the rear. The exhaust headers have been shortened and run into a pair of generic cone mufflers, with the side stand relocated to work around them.
The cockpit’s sporting new handlebars, grips, bar-end mirrors and Motogadget bar-end turn signals. There’s a new master brake cylinder too, with some really neat plumbing. Up front is an LED headlight, tucked into a custom-made bucket.
Bolt rewired the bike from top to bottom and tucked away as much as they could. A set of Motone switches have their wires running inside the bars, while a Motogadget speedo has its cable routed through the BMW’s hollow steering stem nut.
This sort of consideration is rife, with every last nook and cranny cleaned up. We’ve spotted stainless steel fasteners throughout the build, nifty choke pulls on the carbs and a OEM-looking Bolt Motor Co. plaque on the side of the motor.
The classic white BMW motorsports livery is on point too. And Bolt have shunned the ubiquitous Firestone Deluxe Champion tires, going for the saw tooth tread of Shinko Classics instead.
We doubt that Bolt #17 could lap a track anywhere near as fast as a Campos race car.
But it’s just the sort of simple, classic ride we’d pick for getting to the track in the first place—via some leisurely Spanish back roads.
This article first appeared on Bike Exif. It’s republished here by permission.
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Video: Watch Sarah Lezito show you how to drift a motorcycle
Yes, drifting on two wheels is possible. Especially if you’re an insanely talented stunt rider from France.
There are a few stunt riders worth following across social media and YouTube but few get the numbers of French stunter Sarah Lezito.
Shot in a cold, wet and snowy location, it’s hardly the easiest of environments for riding a motorcycle – although possibly better for skids! – but the control from Lezito, and her instruction, is captivating.
Why learn how to drift? Well, Lezito says that it might help in learning how to save from slipping, keeping the balance on your bike or just improving your stunting skills.
And her top tips?
- First find a small bike – a 50cc or 125cc machine that’s easy to handle.
- Find a slippery spot, like a wet floor after some light rain.
- Put hard tyres on the rear and more air in the front tyre.
- Protect everything… On you and your bike.
- Prepare to crash. A lot.
We’re hoping she’ll be adding to her channel over the coming months and that this is the start of a series of ‘How To…’ videos from the young stunt rider.