The motorcycle above started life as a BMW K1600 -- which, if you're not familiar, is a grand-touring dreamboat of a bike, the kind you'd take across the continent; it's the two-wheeled equivalent of a 5-series. BMW Motorrad France commissioned award-winning motorcycle builder Fred "Krugger" Bertrand to build a custom one, and Krugger's finished work of art, above, puts the "rad" in "Motorrad."
It's certainly polarizing. Love it or hate it, the Krugger K1600 "NURBS" -- named after the Non-Uniform Rational B-spline, if you're wondering, and also a nod to the Nurburgring -- looks like no other touring bike on the road, or no other motorcycle: it's a steampunk Tron, an Art Deco streamliner.
The design includes a custom frame for the straight-six engine, and radiators moved to the side. Single swingarms append both wheels, forged from one-piece aluminum; the swingarms themselves resemble two-tone girders. The fuel tank was relocated under the seat. And the fuel filler? It's under the tail section -- and it still uses the original filler cap -- integrated perfectly.
A complete 180 from the original K1600.PHOTO BY THIERRY DRICOT
Krugger, based in Belgium, won the AMD World Championship of custom motorcycle building in 2010 with a beautiful Harley-Davidson named "Veon." The previous year, he placed third with a flat-track-style bike. "Building a bike is easy," he said. "But building a bike and keeping all the technology of the K1600 is more difficult."
BMW unveiled Krugger's latest effort in Paris, along the banks of the river Seine. "It probably won’t find favor with riders who buy the K1600 for its mile-munching abilities," said custom-obsessed BikeEXIF, which has the full story, "but it proves that Fred Krugger remains in a league of his own when it comes to building high-concept customs."
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