Motorcycle/Design: The BMW „The Revial Birdcage
„The Revival Birdcage“: Revival Cycles presented unique custom bike in 2019.
US-based motorbike customisers Revival Cycles have unveiled their latest creation in 2019. The unique vehicle called „The Revival Birdcage“ was created around the prototype of a completely new BMW boxer engine. This refers to the engine for the R 18, which was released a year later. The unveiling took place at the exclusive Revival Party on the eve of the annual Handbuilt Show in Austin/Texas.
„The „Revival Birdcage“ has simply turned out great and showcases our big boxer superbly,“ says Timo Resch, Head of Sales and Marketing BMW Motorrad. „After the „Departed“ from CUSTOM WORKS ZON, this is already the second fascinating custom bike built around the prototype BMW Motorrad big boxer.
The team around Alan Stulberg was inspired by Ernst Henne’s record-breaking machines of the late 1920s and 1930s. The development of the vehicle concept took just under six months. „We have been dreaming of this bike for years, then in December 2018 we got the engine and could finally get started,“ says Alan Stulberg. „I’ve always been a fan of the Boxer engine, but of course the sheer physical size and aesthetics of this prototype immediately makes you dream.“ Within just under five months, the bike was then completed in time for the Handbuilt Show.
On site, there was already much speculation about the large-volume prototype engine. Both the external geometry and the visible elements, such as the pushrods running above the cylinders in chrome-plated protective tubes, are reminiscent of the design of the BMW Motorrad boxer engines from the 1960s – only with significantly larger displacement and modern air-oil cooling.
Back in December 2018, the Japanese motorbike forge CUSTOM WORKS ZON presented the „Departed“ at the Hot Rod Custom Show in Yokohama, Japan. This fascinating custom bike was the first vehicle constructed around the prototype of the new BMW big boxer. This spectacular build already earned a lot of recognition in the scene and even won the „Best of Show Motorcycle“ award, the highest award of the Hot Rod Custom Show in 2018. The „Mooneyes Show“, as it is also called in the scene, attracts around 15,000 spectators every year and is considered one of the most important shows in the calendar of customisers.
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