Taking a BMW Motorrad R18 Transcontinental (RM198,500 in Malaysia), customized bike builder Paul Yaffe has created a homage to the traditional sizzling rod of the Nineteen Fifties. Yaffe’s newest creation was unveiled on the MBE Present in Verona, Italy on February 19.
Taking supply of the R18 Transcontinental in New York, Yaffe rode the large bagger 6,115 km throughout the US including a 4,184 km diversion journey to Sturgis, South Dakota, alongside the way in which. Yaffe’s imaginative and prescient for the R18 One Eight “C” was for a giant wheel bagger like none different.
Including to the complexity of Yaffe’s objective was the intent to retain as most of the R18’s authentic elements as potential. Beginning with the entrance wheel, Yaffe commissioned a 26” x 5.5” wheel minimize from a stable 180kg block of aluminium, matched to a handcrafted 180 mm broad tyre.
With inspiration from the enduring Nineteen Fifties Mercury Lead Sled customized automobile, Yaffe’s group crafted a number of
one-of-a-kind elements and modified current R18 components. This included stretching and raking the body to accommodate the bigger entrance wheel with particular triple timber machined to appropriate the path and optimise dealing with.
The unique R18 fairing was minimize into a number of items and restructured to appropriate headlight place and circulate into the brand new entrance wheel. The ensuing hole between the fairing and gas tank as a result of stretched body was a singular chin spoiler was designed, concealing the radiator.
Extra engineering was required for the R18 One Eight “C”, with a complicated air tank and distribution system in addition to a devoted body situated beneath every saddlebag. This was to accommodate the required compressed air tanks, an air compressor and all of the air suspension controls, valves and solenoids.
To enhance the styling of the bike, the rear fender was prolonged by grafting on sections of one other R18 rear fender, seamlessly matching the profile of the brand new saddlebags. Yaffe additionally rearranged the unique R18 taillights into the handmade filler panels with the license plate blended into the fender in traditional sizzling rod styling.
Within the engine room, the R18’s 1,800 cc air- and oil-cooled boxer twin was de-catted, changed with a perforated high-flow baffle system. This eliminated the restriction of the inventory catalytic convertors however preserved exhaust again stress.
A precision-crafted three-step muffler system was put in, mated to a wide-open megaphone, delivering that quintessential traditional sizzling rod sound. A deep gloss black end was chosen for the R18 One Eight “C” mated to traditional ochs blood purple upholstery with matching entrance brake callipers.
GALLERY: BMW Motorrad R18 Transcontinental
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