Led by Dirk Oehlerking, Kingston Custom is well known for its extreme remodeling. However, anyone who expected a complete rebuild of the R 18 will be surprised. “The BMW R 18 is so perfect that I haven’t even touched the technology. The frame is 100% original and so sophisticated that it would be a sin to poke at it. ” Oehlerking said. However, the motorcycle still became an unmistakable Kingston Custom remodel.
The most striking detail – and the most challenging – was the Kingston cladding. The bodywork was handcrafted from Kingston’s own designs, as was the steering wheel and fender. The exhaust of the BMW R 18 has been modified by Oehlerking in the style of the Kingston Roadster, and the saddle has become one of the universal accessories. The turn signals were replaced with Kellermann lights, and the LED headlights were housed in the cover. The original paintwork and lines have also been taken over for the casing and sash, complete with a number of Kingston-style details. The chassis and tank remained original. The design is based on the classic art deco style.
Thanks to its highly redesign-friendly design, the BMW R 18 is the perfect base for personalization. The R 18 features distinctive historical references, and in both technical and visual terms it can look back on a famous predecessor like the BMW R 5. It focuses on the essence of motorcycling: sleek, frost-free technology – whose heart is, of course, the “big boxer”.
Motorcyclist, designer and artisan engineer Dirk Oehlerking has once again shown with the “Spirit of Passion” engine that he is not only mastering his profession, but weaving all its ins and outs into his creations for 35 years now. For him, the design process begins well before the first screws are screwed in or the first sketches are put on paper: “I think about it a lot in advance. My engines have souls, are charming and characterful. They are exceptional specimens that therefore require a lot of care and attention. I constantly see images in front of my spiritual eyes as I select the style I want to emphasize. Once I’ve made the decision, the next step is a sketch I draw with a pencil and Tipp-Ex. Then I continue until I feel in my heart that I have found the perfect one. ”
The Oehlerking in Hanover is already a traditional BMW rebuild. 17 of the brand’s own creations bear his name, including “Black Phantom” and his brother, “White Phantom”. The two models were once a completely new benchmark in the industry. However, the redesign of the R 18 posed a new challenge for Oehlerking. “This project has become perhaps the most compelling creation of my entire career. It means a lot to me – you could say it’s everything at the moment. The confidence that BMW Motorrad has once again placed in me is very important to me. I am very grateful for it.”
Source: Autó-Motor by www.automotor.hu.
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