Tricolor Glory: BMW R nineT Custom

BMW RnineT Custom

Motorsport Tribute: FCR Original’s Classic Heritage NineT… 

Produced from 1955 to 1969, the BMW R50/2 was the 500cc workhorse of the /2 (“Slash-2”) series — essentially a pre-war design with a strengthened version of engineer Max Friz’s original boxer twin, Earles leading-link fork, and twin-shock swingarm rear suspension that encased the driveshaft in the right leg — innovations track-tested on BMW’s factory racers.

BMW rnineT Custom

These post-war Slash-2 machines weren’t cheap, but the strength of the design continued to draw buyers:

“Luxury tourers, the R50 and R69 sold to discerning enthusiasts to whom expense mattered little when set against the excellence of BMW engineering.”

’68 BMW R50/2

Fast forward to the 2020s, and BMW Motorrad’s most popular models continue to be flat-twin shaft-drives:

“For nearly 85 years, BMW has featured this very basic configuration in its motorcycles. BMW’s latest twin-cylinder motorcycle…can trace its DNA directly back to this turn-of-the-century design. Not many products in the world can boast that kind of lineage.” –Hemmings

BMW RnineT Custom

At the forefront is the BMW R nineT, featuring a 1170cc / 110-hp air/oil-cooled boxer engine along with thoughtful details to aid in customization, such as separate engine and chassis wiring harnesses, a detachable subframe, easily removable lighting, and room for six-inch rear wheels.

BMW RnineT Custom

One of the foremost R nineT customizers is France’s FCR Original, who took inspiration from the R50/2 with their blacked-out “Classic Heritage” nineT we featured last year — a modern tribute to the Slash-2 series.  Now they’re back with another Heritage edition — one that looks to the 70s tricolor glory of BMW’s Motorsport division. Did you know the original tricolor of BMW M(otorsport) had a symbolic meaning?

According to BMW M itself: “Blue stands for BMW, red for motorsport and violet for the unique combination of the two.” –BMW.com

BMW RnineT Custom

Other highlights on this NineT include a custom subframe and saddle, modified fenders, blacked-out forks, FCR Original exhaust / pegs / battery holder, custom lighting, TKC80 tires 40/60 on/off road adventure tires, and more. Below, the team at FCR Original gives us their story of the build.

NineT Classic Heritage: Motorsport Edition

BMW RnineT Custom

The bestseller from the FCR Original workshop returns in a new edition combining vintage with the exclusive and sporty aesthetic appeal of BMW Motorsport.

BMW RnineT Custom

With a completely redesigned body inspired by the legendary R50/2, this new Classic Heritage is more than ever in the neo-retro trend of the moment.

BMW RnineT Custom

Created on the same base as its predecessor, a Nine T Pure, this 100% creation from our design office is more contemporary. The matte white tank pays tribute to the sporty branch of the Bavarian firm by displaying the famous tricolor logo of the 70s.

BMW RnineT Custom

In addition to the paintwork, the Nine T Classic Heritage M also incorporates several specific design elements: redesigned air intakes, full black matte parts reminiscent of the tank, and new upholstery.

BMW RnineT Custom

As for the driving experience, the famous BMW flat-twin engine offers a driving emotion of great intensity. An engine of character that our workshop has chosen to marry with Continental TKC80 tires.

BMW RnineT Custom

An authentic realization, which pays homage to motor sport and is in line with the most beautiful BMW Motorrad creations.

Build Sheet

Cycle part:
» Custom rear buckle
» FCR Original rear footrest
» Heritage tank

BMW RnineT Custom

Front axle:
» Black DLC treatment on fork tubes
» Modified front fender
» Continental TKC 80 tire

BMW RnineT Custom

Rear axle:
» Continental TKC 80 Tire
» Painted shock absorber spring

BMW RnineT Custom

Engine:
» FCR Original Exhaust Line
» K&N air filters
» Rocker covers V2 textured paint
» FCR Original battery holder

Electricity:
» Motogadget M.Blaze front turn signals
» Mini Bates rear light / stop / turn signals

BMW RnineT Custom

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  1. Why must the “Custom” builders ALWAYS have to eliminate the entire rear fender, most of the seat, and make the “silencers” anything but quiet? UGH.

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