Influenced by BMW's racing past Kaichiroh hand fabricated the 70's race inspired fairings by hand out of aluminium. The front cowl features a tinted LED headlight that disappears into its black surround when the light is off giving it the appearance of a solid, full race fairing. The bellypan and side covers were shaped using traditional metal shaping techniques on an electric planishing hammer and english wheel. To close the space behind the front wheel Kaichiroh also designed a ventilated surround that allows air through to the engine and oil cooler. This gives the entire bike a front heavy appearance accentuated even further by the tiny hand formed tail end that is so short the rear wheel looks as though it's extending out from the bike.
Brembo braking upgrades help to pull the bike up hard and there's a set of custom made foot controls and clip on bars for a more aggressive riding stance. All lighting is LED powered and concealed as best as possible and the original gauges are tucked away neatly behind the front cowl giving the bike a lo-fi, stripped back race appearance. To finish off the Highway fighters bad-ass looks everything was either shot in gloss black or anodised black and hand laid white pin stripes added for a retro custom touch.
All of the custom R Nine T's built for this project demonstrate a level of workmanship and eye for detail that is typical of Japanese builders. Opting to hand fabricate parts rather than reusing old ones or buying new ones is definitely the harder way to go, but to get results as unique as these it's the only way to go. You can check out the other builders bikes, their bios and cool videos at the R Nine T Custom Project website.
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