BMW Motorrad and Shinja Kimura presented the result of their joint collaboration, which is the new R 18 in the recognizable style of the Japanese designer.
Before he started working on it, Kimura drove the factory R 18 to understand the character of this cruiser.
The trimmed variant of the R 18, called the Wal (kit in German), now has a larger fuel tank, as well as a new subframe that raises the height of the seat.
It is the headquarters of the Japanese workshop Backdrop Leathers, and there is also a redesigned rear part of the machine.
Kimura installed new armor with two asymmetrical headlights at the front, including a whale-like design, hence the name of this creation.
Here is some more important information about this custom-made R18:
Handles: 20 cm narrower, 15 cm lower.
Fuel tank: elongated to move the seat position backwards, and the volume has been increased by about 3.8 liters.
Seat: I designed Kimura, handmade Japanese Backdrop Leathers. It is designed to fit perfectly into the motorcycle line.
Armor: the side elements are made so as not to “break” the look of the original frame
Exhaust system: the old one was kept, but Kimura decided to paint it black.
Source: Moto Berza by www.moto-berza.com.
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