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Kingston Custom Turns a BMW R nineT Moto into a Mono-Bodied Cafe Racer

Photos: Marc Holstein

Custom motorcycle projects have a funny way of snowballing. Simple commissions for minor modifications can often balloon into elaborate and wildly transformative one-off works — as evidenced by Kingston Custom’s latest build; a mono-bodied BMW R nineT that’s been given the cafe racer treatment.

What began simply as an R9T with a slew of parts from BMW’s Option 719 catalog quickly took on markedly more ambitious plans. The bike was first stripped down to a rolling chassis before being built back up using a foam model to create the project’s single-piece bodywork from fiberglass. This art deco-inspired bodywork features a low-profile silhouette with a vintage-style tank that feeds into a waspish cafe tail and sits directly above a set of integrated side covers and a massive belly pan. In typical Kingston fashion, the BMW has also been treated to an oversized kidney grille positioned just behind the front wheel.

The cafe racer’s cockpit has been completely revised, now sporting a Motogadget speedo, ABM clip-ons, Shin Yo mirrors, and a custom front cowling with a yellow windscreen. The Boxer twin at the heart of the build has gone largely unchanged, save for the addition of an exhaust system from Italy’s UN1T Garage. On top of Shin Yo LED lighting, the build has also been rounded out via a smattering of Option 719 parts including the bike’s cylinder head covers, brake and clutch levers, foot controls, and reservoir caps. The finishing touch came in the form of a custom black and silver livery juxtaposed via gold pinstriping and accents.

To learn more about this build or to commission your own project from the world-renowned shop, head on over to the Kingston Custom website.

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Photo: Marc Holstein
Photo: Marc Holstein
Photo: Marc Holstein