Project Autobahn Streak
The BMW R nineT was a pleasant surprise when it launched in 2014. We were excited about possibilities that can be done with the motorcycle and excited to see the customization done to it. Right away we got to work on our own, and with JSK Moto Co. style, took it to the extremes and created a scrambler named Project Chocolate Slider. It was completed before BMW released a R nineT scrambler, and humbled that BMW Motorrad from Germany also liked our build and featured it on their website. After the Scrambler, we really wanted to make a Café Racer too. Due to our busy schedule it took us a long time, but we did it, and is definitely worth the wait. As you may know, the R nineT was designed for customization in mind. We saw many wonderful variations, and BMW also releasing its own Café Racer. While creating our own, we thought maybe we could push the idea of customization.
One-Piece Full Fairing
With Project Autobahn Streak we tested the concept of easy customization by having the internals and even the gas tank be part of the motorcycle. While the fairing and oil tank cover is one piece made like a shell. We were able to achieve attachment of the shell to the motorcycle with just three connection points making installing it relatively easy. Imagine it something as simple as changing your phone case.
The shell we created is made out of fiberglass, a decision due to the complexity of the lines we wanted for the build and the simplicity we tried to achieve. With our freedom of shape, we moved the seating position forward making the ride position less aggressive and improving comfort to the rider. To clean out the front end, we created a CNC upper triple tree that is designed purposely to only accept clip-on handlebars. The side vents are also fabricated by us, to complete the look for the side profile. We wanted to have the signature BMW angel eye headlight for the motorcycle. We sourced it from a car and although small for a motorcycle; a great platform to add a custom aluminum vent around the headlight to help dissipate heat, and create a futuristic look. Thanks to Kingsman Cushion who handmade and dyed the leather seat for us. We also appreciate the craftsman we tried named Three Harmony Fabrication (direct translation) from Taiwan who fabricated the tail section out of metal and followed our specifications flawlessly. As always, thanks to Air Runner for another superb custom paint job. We also couldn’t create Project Autobahn Streak without sourcing superior aftermarket upgrades such as: Akrapovic, Beringer, Earl’s, ENLiNT, Driven, DK Design, Gears Racing, Motogadget, RSD, and WRRP.
Why did we name the build Autobahn Streak (#projectautobahnstreak)? The Autobahn is a motorway that can be found in Germany that vehicles can travel at unrestricted speeds. Streak is what you see when an object moves really fast, you only see a long thin line when it passes by. We want this build to make you want to ride the Café Racer longer distances on the motorway and when someone hears it coming, they may just see a streak of joy passing by and possibly the grin from the rider.
Based on BMW R nineT
Air Runner: Custom Paint
Akrapovic: Full exhaust
Beringer: Brake Master Cylinder
Beringer: Clutch Master Cylinder
DK Design: Air Filter
DK Design: Carbon Fiber Front Fender
DK Design: License Plate Mudguard
Driven: Clip-on Handlebars
Dunlop: Q3 Sportmax Tires
Earl’s Performance: Oil Cooler
ENLiNT: Rear Sets
Motogadget: M-Blaze Disc Blinkers
PSR: CNC Reservoir
RCE Power: Lithium Battery
RSD: Breast Plate
RSD: Hutch Break Disks
RSD: Hutch Wheels
CNC: BlackSmith CNC Co.
Custom Paint: Air Runner Custom Paint/ Jeffrey Chang
Exhaust: Full exhaust system sponsored by Akrapovic USA
Handcrafted Seat: Kingsman
Machine & Welding: Ryan Graham
Molding: Josh Gronitz
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Photos by: www.JOEsEYE.com