Ezio Covelli of Magnum Opus Custom Bikes — based on the North Carolina coast — continues to impress with custom bikes that defy convention, incorporating design influences from cafe racers, streetfighters, and more.
Now he has taken on a BMW R nineT, the retro-styled Bavarian roadster that many builders have used a blank canvas. Basically, BMW designed the bike for customization, with a 97-hp air-cooled “oilhead” motor and inverted forks.
Ezio built this bike for a customer, who commissioned the bike as a tribute to his daughter. The aggressive stance and lines remind us of a hybrid “cafe fighter” — part cafe racer, part streetfighter. Below, Ezio gives us the full story on the build.
BMW R nineT: In the Builder’s Words
This 2015 BMW RnineT is customer’s build. It was commissioned as a tribute to one of my client’s most important figures of his life, his daughter.
The concept of this build revolves around two main attributes: Strength and Fearlessness that this bike inspires with its lines.
Armored, low leaning in the front, and a high tail section gives it an aggressive stance and riding position. The huge 200mm rear tire complements the look we were aiming for.
The customized OEM tank pays homage to her with a Sagittarius sign.
The overall weight went down 35lbs compared to the OEM version.
- Modified gas tank
- Custom front fairing with stainless steel woven accents
- Custom subframe
- Custom tail section
- Custom aluminum exhaust terminal
- Custom Seat pan
- Custom distressed leather seat
- Custom GPS speedo/tach
- Olhins rear shock built to his specs
- Lowered front suspensions
- Custom Wiring
- Battery relocation and upgrade to lithium battery
- Airbox delete
- Handlebars delete
- CNC License plate holder with LED lights strip
- K&N Pod Filters
- Metzler tires all around with a 200mm in the rear
- 1800 Lumens LED headlight
- A number of powder coated parts