Conversion 2: Customizing Contest 2022: BMW Motorcycle Germany shows thirteen conversions from thirteen BMW Motorrad partners in Germany.

MOBILITY/MOTORBIKES: Conversion 2: Customizing Contest 2022:  BMW Motorcycle Germany shows thirteen conversions from thirteen BMW Motorrad partners in Germany.

It is the second edition of the Customizing Contest: Germany is looking for the best custom bike. Thirteen BMW Motorrad partners will be showing their conversions. In 2021, there was already a very successful contest with beautifully polished designs. Based on the cruiser icon R 18.

This year’s contest also features the legendary R nineT. After all, this bike is also perfectly suited for a conversion. In total, there are eight BMW R 18s and five BMW R nineTs.

Each company had 3 months to put their ideas into practice. A short period of time, but in the process 13 very different Soulfuel bikes were created. From the oldschool heritage bike with Springer fork based on the BMW R 18 to the sporty BMW RnineT as a basic model.
The winner of this contest has not yet been decided. The community can vote until 11 December. Visitors can not only vote for their favourite to win, but will also be entered into the lottery for the BMW R 18 annual prize draw.

The conversions in detail:

Motorrad Guhs e.K. Schwarzenbach an der Saale

The name also says it all in the customising project of the Motorrad Guhs team around Taimo Frömel. „R 18 Steelbody“ basically says it all, because wherever you look at the old-school R 18 built in the style of pre-war motorbikes, there is hardly an angle where the R 18 Steelbody, equipped with 16-inch wheels, does not appear with bright, finely ground steel. For example, on the tank or the customised front and rear ducktail fenders. The old-school theme is also emphasised by the customised Springer fork, and the technically savvy observer is hardly surprised that around 200 hours of work went into this project. After all, almost everything that was changed had to be customised in the same way as the Springer fork. For example, the side covers, which were made around 2 cm narrower, or the speedometer, which is now enthroned above the left cylinder with a specially made holder. The same applies to the swinging saddle with boxer engine and gold BMW emblem on the seat from Samwel Supplies or the mounting of the original BMW headlight on the Springer fork. Finally, the extremely harmonious appearance of the R 18 Steelbody is completed by a self-made handlebar, cylinder head covers coated in black and covers for the injection system, an LED tail light in bobber look, running boards with gearshift paddles as well as black-coated exhaust manifolds and a long Dr. Jekill & Mr. Hyde flap exhaust with fishtail end caps.


The vehicles shown may be modified and fitted with third party accessories and/or proprietary parts which are not manufactured, distributed or tested by BMW. BMW assumes no responsibility for the modifications (including the installation, features and use of the accessories shown). CAUTION: Modification of production vehicles (including the installation and use of third-party and proprietary parts) may impair the driving characteristics! Driving our vehicles in modified condition is at your own risk.


virtualdesignmagazine Michael Hiller

Conversion 1:

BMW R 18 Custombike der ahg Autohandelsgesellschaft mbH Eningen. (12/2022)

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