The winning bike of the 2022 Customizing Contest: The BMW R 18 Tanzanit Titan! Created by the team of Cloppenburg GmbH
MOBILITY/MOTORBIKES: The winning bike of the 2022 Customizing Contest: The BMW R 18 Tanzanit Titan! Created by the team of Cloppenburg GmbH
It was the second edition of the customising contest: The search was on for the best custom bike in Germany. Thirteen BMW Motorrad partners showed their conversions in 2022. In 2021, there was already a very successful competition with beautifully sophisticated designs. The basis was the iconic cruiser R 18. In 2022, the legendary R nineT was also on the agenda. After all, this motorbike is also perfect for a conversion. In total, there were eight BMW R 18s and five BMW R nineTs.
Each company had 3 months to realise their ideas. 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 the basic model.
Now the winner has been decided: it’s the BMW R 18 Tansanit Titan from the Cloppenburg GmbH team! A conversion discreetly understated, but nevertheless developed and implemented with a deep love of detail:
Cloppenburg GmbH R 18 Tansanit Titan.
According to the motto „Go with the flow“, the team of Cloppenburg GmbH dared to rebuild the R 18 Tansanit Titan. The result is an exciting mix of styles with many loving details and individual solutions: classic, simple and elegant. Under the direction of Christian Gelbhardt and Kevin Gehrt, a very classically oriented R 18 was created that cannot be directly assigned to any of the established genres. Rather, it was to be simple and elegant. Driveability, comfort, ergonomics and functionality were at the top of the to-do list. Chrome-plated BMW forged wheels in 21 inches at the front and 18 inches at the rear already provide a feast for the eyes when rolling, supported by the original rear fender and carrier of the R 18 B as well as a front fender from Walzwerk. The BMW Day Rider brown seat blends in harmoniously with the original handlebars and Rizoma risers for a relaxed seating position. Also from the Rizoma shelf are the mirrors, handlebar end turn signals, the 3-in-1 Club S lights at the rear and the number plate holder. The front section and cockpit of the R 18 Tanzanit Titan live from the windshield, a headlight lowering from Wunderkind and a speedometer integrated into the tank by means of an LMC conversion, including a retractable fuel filler cap. At the rear, a Wilbers shock absorber type 640 Road with 20 mm lowering and a Fehling luggage rack are used. The delicious customising menu was rounded off with a Dr. Jekill & Mr. Hyde Beat Long Chrome Slashcut Chrome Extender exhaust system and a paint job in BMW Tanzanite Blue II metallic and a double hand-finish on the tank.
BRAND: BMW AG
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