BMW R nineT Cafe Fighter by Magnum Opus

BMW R nineT Streetfighter

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.

BMW R nineT cafe fighter

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

BMW R nineT Streetfighter

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.

BMW R nineT Streetfighter

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.

BMW R nineT Streetfighter

The customized OEM tank pays homage to her with a Sagittarius sign.


The overall weight went down 35lbs compared to the OEM version.

BMW R nineT Streetfighter

Build Specs

BMW R nineT Streetfighter

  • 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

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