Velocity Learn: A neo-retro BMW R nineT café racer from New York and extra


Two very completely different BMW boxers set issues off this week; a BMW R nineT café racer from New York, and a BMW R1200R impressed by the Yamaha Banshee ATV. We additionally take a look at a loopy Yamaha SR400 from Japan and the brand new Tarform Vera electrical motorbike.

BMW R nineT café racer by Douglas Sondors
BMW R nineT by Douglas Sondors Have you ever ever discovered your self residing in New York Metropolis and needing to enhance your every day commute? That’s how Douglas Sonders turned the proud proprietor of a 2016 BMW R nineT Roadster. He quickly had some design ideas that he needed to discover although—so he spent late nights and weekends doing so with assist from his buddies.

Essentially the most notable change to the general look of Douglas’ R nineT is the one-off headlight and tail unit. Sitting down and sketching it out together with his fabricator and greatest mate Tim Harney, the pair got here up with their very own retro-retro design.

BMW R nineT café racer by Douglas Sondors
As soon as they have been completely satisfied, Tim knocked up the headlight and tail unit from sheets of alloy to create a really distinctive aesthetic. The vertical LED headlight is surrounded by a slim alloy fairing that, though formed in a different way, nonetheless blends properly into the tank. The tail tells an identical story, however there are extra classical parts at play.

Completely proportioned, it brings to thoughts aerodynamic parts of previous D-Sort Jaguars, however executed in a delightfully trendy manner. The customized seat design is from McCoy’s Upholstery in NYC, and the customized LED taillight meeting is Tim’s handiwork. A brand new rear shock from Wilbers props up the rear.

BMW R nineT café racer by Douglas Sondors
Up entrance, clip-on handlebars flank a brand new Motogadget Motoscope Professional dashboard, completely mounted to black CNC yokes from JC R9T in Taiwan (who additionally provided the handlebars). The mirrors are from Puig and there are discrete Rizoma flip alerts hidden away someplace on the bike. BMW Possibility 719 Basic rocker covers have been put in to match the alloy tank.

BMW R nineT café racer by Douglas Sondors
JC R9T additionally provided the matching alloy stomach pan, the solid aluminum wheels, and that slinky titanium exhaust—the design of which is echoed within the pie-cut consumption manifolds. The tank is dressed with CNC badges and a blocky air consumption cowl from Pier Metropolis Customs. The ECU was flashed by BT Moto for enhancements to the fueling.

It’s a delicate—but efficient—construct by Mr Sondors, and we truthfully can’t consider a greater approach to get round NYC’s bustling streets. [Doglas Sonders Instagram]

Custom BMW R1200R by Rind Performance
BMW R1200R by Rind Efficiency When Yamaha launched the fire-breathing Banshee ATV again in 1987, not even they anticipated the success and reward it garnered. To this present day, loopy individuals are tuning the 350 cc two-stroke twin engine to inside an inch of its life. It’s simply one of many the reason why the Banshee is firmly cemented into historical past as the most effective quads of all time.

Robin of Rind Efficiency is an enormous fan of the Banshee. So, having constructed a number of excellent hooligan BMW boxers already, he thought he would draw on the Banshee for inspiration for his newest mission. With a 2015 BMW R1200R because the donor, that is his one-of-a-kind tribute.

Custom BMW R1200R by Rind Performance
Robin promptly discarded a lot of the BMW’s bodywork and your complete subframe. The gasoline tank was redesigned however nonetheless makes use of the manufacturing facility gasoline pump and stage sensor to maintain the BMW pc system completely satisfied. The OEM dashboard remains to be fitted to the bike too, however it’s been relocated to take a seat on prime of the tank.

The headlight nacelle and beak have been designed in CAD and 3D printed. Along with the tank panels, that is the place the Banshee inspiration is most blatant, particularly with the gorgeous purple paint. Small LED projector lights are hidden above the entrance fender.

Custom BMW R1200R by Rind Performance
On the coronary heart of the bike is BMW’s liquid-cooled 1,170 cc boxer engine, however what it lacks in two-stroke smoke, it makes up for in energy. At 125 hp and 125 Nm of torque, there’s greater than sufficient get-up-and-go for the road.

The rear fender is modeled on an previous MX bike and sits simply behind a customized seat. There’s not numerous actual property out again, so the taillight and switch alerts have been relocated to a swingarm-mounted license plate bracket.

Custom BMW R1200R by Rind Performance
The quantity plate facet panels are an ideal contact, as are the brilliant purple grips on the brand new flat-track handlebars. A set of spoked wheels was sourced too, together with an digital quick-shifter and a Unit Storage exhaust system.

The completed consequence shouldn’t be solely practical, it’s unimaginable to take a look at. It’s undoubtedly misplaced various kilos of weight over the inventory bike too, so we’ll take a punt and guess that it rides nearly as good because it appears to be like. [Source]

Yamaha SR400 by Candy Motorcycle Laboratory
Yamaha SR400 by Sweet Motorbike Laboratory It was a dismal second when Yamaha stopped producing the venerable SR400 in 2021. Due to tooling that most likely paid for itself a long time in the past, the previous single-cylinder customary was low cost to purchase and run. And because it complied with Japan’s 400 cc licensing necessities, it was common amongst youths too.

With youthful members of society all the time striving for individualism, it wasn’t lengthy till whole corporations have been set as much as provide a gentle stream of aftermarket SR elements. That’s how Sweet Motorbike Laboratory—a two-man band simply 40 minutes from central Yokohama—received began.

Yamaha SR400 by Candy Motorcycle Laboratory
Sweet MC Lab was not too long ago approached by a shopper trying to rework his Yamaha SR400 right into a smooth, trendy café racer with a deal with efficiency. They began by swapping out the manufacturing facility suspension for one thing extra trendy. The dual-shock rear finish was changed with a mono-shock, single-sided swingarm from a Ducati Hypermotard, with the Hypermotard additionally donating its rear brakes.

The mono-shock conversion meant the staff needed to drastically change the rear subframe, in order that they made a completely new one from tubular metal. The looped rear finish has an built-in tail gentle and a well-padded customized suede seat—excellent for solo rides by way of the busy streets of Japan, particularly with the brand new Öhlins rear shock.

Yamaha SR400 by Candy Motorcycle Laboratory
Up the opposite finish, a set of Showa USD forks and a brand new prime clamp have been bolted to the entrance. The spoked Borrani wheels are one other customized contact, with the rear wheel being laced to a customized hub due to the brand new swingarm.

The tank is a BMW R100 unit that’s been modified to suit the Yamaha body. It was additionally narrowed to match the proportions of the bike and had a Monza-style gasoline cap fitted. A Motogadget speedo is embedded into the highest clamp, and there are Motogadget flip alerts entrance and rear.

Yamaha SR400 by Candy Motorcycle Laboratory
An LED headlight brightens issues up, mounted on a customized center-mount bracket. Low clip-on handlebars and large Brembo brakes lean into the efficiency facet of the construct.

Apart from a contemporary coat of wrinkle-black paint, the engine was handled to a brand new prime finish, ST-1 cams, and a efficiency piston, bringing the capability to 534 cc. A 41mm FCR carburetor with an open velocity stack takes care of the fueling, whereas sizzling air exits by way of a low-slung customized chrome steel exhaust that you simply’re more likely to hear coming from a mile away. [Source]

Tarform Vera electric motorcycle
Tarform Vera Brooklyn-based Tarform arrived on the motorbike scene in 2020 with the Luna—a sublime electrical motorbike sporting swathes of non-toxic, high-performance biomaterials. The Luna was Tarform’s thought of electrical mobility performed proper, however with a waitlist of 4 to 6 months, and with costs beginning at $28,000, it isn’t precisely accessible.

Tarform’s new bike, the Vera, is smaller, lighter, and cheaper. (Though at $16,000, it’s actually not low cost.)

Tarform Vera electric motorcycle
In comparison with the Luna, the Vera’s wheelbase is available in at 56”, the seat peak is an inch decrease, and it weighs 80 lbs much less. The smaller, lighter bike appears to have a velocity benefit over its greater brother too; the Vera beats the Luna to 60 mph by 0.2 seconds, whereas boasting the identical torque and prime velocity specs (163 Nm and 85+ mph, respectively).

Stylistically, you’ll be able to nonetheless inform it’s a Tarform motorbike. Whereas the Luna had a visual cut up between the ‘tank’ and seat, the Vera sports activities a flatter transition from the seat to the ‘tank’ space, not in contrast to a dust bike. Tarform is pitching the Vera as a lighter, extra scrambler-esque model of the Luna, so this is smart.

Tarform Vera electric motorcycle
The horizontal strakes on Vera’s 8 kW battery pack are a really good element, serving to to disguise its visible bulk. The air-cooled, direct-drive electrical engine sits low within the body, the brakes are from Brembo, and the three.4-inch Retina show comes with 4G connectivity for over-the-air updates. (We expect that’s a characteristic all new bikes ought to have.)

The vary sits at 100 metropolis miles and also you cost the battery from empty to full in 4 hours utilizing an ordinary 110 V family outlet, or two hours utilizing a 220 V or J1772 plug. 100 miles may not sound like a lot, however in the event you reside and work in a metropolis that’s greater than sufficient—particularly in the event you can plug the bike in while you get to work. [Tarform]

Tarform Vera electric motorcycle


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