February 2014 saw the start of a unique four-month BMW Motorrad project. Four professional Japanese bike builders were introduced to the new roadster R nineT Boxer in order to build their own interpretations of a customised nineT. This week, the fabulous four get personal with their new machines. Let the creative juices flow…
Head of Motorrad Vehicle Design, Ola Stenegard talks with the four Japanese independent bike builders
The protagonists of this incredible four-way battle of expression of individuality and technical brilliance are respected Japanese custom specialists, Shiro Nakajima, Go Takamine, Hideya Togashi and Kaichiroh Kurosu. In their chosen specialist field of motorcycle customisation, these gentlemen are masters.
Only Shiro Nakajima has previous and serious involvement with BMW Motorrad machinery. BMW café racer and replica racing machines have been his forte for many years in Japan under the label of Ritmo Sereno, and now 46Works. Go Takamine has specialised in all manner of urban customisation from street trackers, bobbers and café racers, mostly with donor Japanese motorcycles. Hideya Togashi and Kaichiroh Kurosu have achieved fame and notoriety through blending art with engineering on big V-twin-powered customs. So do these two gentlemen relish the prospect of working with a standard BMW machine and what’s the state of play so far?
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