Would you imagine that the BMW R nineT has already been in the marketplace for a staggering 9 years? In that point, it’s additionally turn into a darling of the customized scene—so there’s no scarcity of elements out there for it. From full bolt-on customized kits to tiny doohickeys, there isn’t an inch on the R nineT that may’t be upgraded in a roundabout way.
This begs the query: what would the last word parts-built BMW R nineT appear like? Vietnam’s M-Racing Efficiency has the reply.
Anybody with a fats sufficient pockets can throw a bunch of elements at an R nineT. But it surely takes a pointy eye, and the knowledge to know when to zig and when to zag, to make all of it come collectively in addition to M-Racing has. Primarily based in Ho Chi Minh Metropolis, their predominant enterprise is efficiency motorbike elements—however they construct customized bikes on the facet too.
Their customized BMW R nineT seems compact and menacing, however it’s additionally delightfully cohesive. There’s nothing gaudy on this muscular avenue tracker, and nobody half screams for consideration. However the nearer you look, the extra goodies you’ll discover.
Regardless of the eye-watering construct sheet, M-Racing’s objective right here was to maintain issues elegant and minimal. “It’s by no means simple to attain minimalism whereas nonetheless sustaining all the mandatory features of a motorcycle,” says the store’s media man, Uy. “Fortunately the R nineT is a superb clean canvas to start out with.”
“Importing elements and equipment takes months and months on this bureaucratic system. However lastly, we had been in a position to get all of the gadgets on this lengthy purchasing checklist.”
Work began within the cockpit with a contemporary set of Domino handlebars, clamped by new risers that push the bars larger and nearer to the rider. They put on an Accossato throttle, with Brembo clutch and brake controls. Different accouterments embrace tiny switches and bar-end mirrors from Motogadget, new grips, and CNC Racing fluid reservoirs.
The primary main beauty change is the R nineT’s new headlight association. M-Racing fabricated a boxy quantity plate-like nacelle, then outfitted it with a pair of LED headlights from Diode Dynamics. Barely perceivable Motogadget LED flip indicators flank it.
There’s a digital Motogadget sprint tucked behind it; a mannequin that’s particularly plug-and-play for the R nineT. The inventory BMW forks and yokes have been redone in black, and there’s a blacked-out Öhlins steering damper hiding in plain sight.
The engine wears new CNC-machined valve covers from BMW’s aftermarket catalog and a full airbox alternative package from DNA Filters. A Wunderlich guard protects the oil cooler, whereas a Lithium-ion battery sits underneath the seat. The all-black ceramic-coated exhaust system comes from the Italian firm Zard.
Up high you’ll discover a sublime machined aluminum tail part, sourced from Le Motographe in France. It’s a bolt-on piece that comes full with an embedded taillight and switch indicators. Le Motographe additionally provided trendy leather-based and Alcantara seat covers.
Carbon fiber covers disguise the silver body braces that sit slightly below the R nineT’s seat, whereas Le Motographe pillion peg brackets tidy issues up additional down. M-Racing additionally swapped the inventory foot controls out for a rear-set package from Rizoma.
The BMW’s new wheels are admittedly a tiny bit audacious. M-Racing fitted a brand new set of Jonich hoops, that includes a peculiar offset lacing system on the again that accommodates the bike’s single-sided swingarm. “They took numerous work to get delivered,” Uy tells us, “and so far as we all know they’re the one pair in Vietnam.”
The wheels are wrapped in Pirelli Scorpion Rally STRs—which, regardless of their identify, are road-biased dual-sport tires. The again finish can also be sporting a brand new Ok-Tech shock and an adjustable brace from AC-Schnitzer. Fitted to the BMW’s Paralever swingarm, it’s designed so as to add stability for higher dealing with.
The braking setup contains upgraded Brembo calipers at each ends, twin Brembo discs on the entrance, and a Galfer disc on the again. The rear brake makes use of a Discacciati grasp cylinder with a Bonamici reservoir. M-Racing additionally swapped out all of the oil and brake traces for HEL Efficiency gadgets, with Earls fittings.
The ultimate visible hit is the BMW R nineT’s gas tank. M-Racing handled it to a kinetic black and white paint job, then topped it off with a Le Motographe gas cap and tan badges. Virtually the whole lot else on the bike was completed in black.
There are many customized BMW R nineTs on the market that show that cash can’t purchase style. However this isn’t certainly one of them. We wouldn’t change a factor—besides perhaps the identify on the title.