Motorcycle News - Boxing Clever: A revamped BMW R1150GS from 46Works
If you’ve picked up a tired GS for $3,000 on Craigslist, 46Works has some inspiration for you right here—despite the BMW being a tricky platform to customize.
The huge boxer motor, shaft drive and quirky Telelever front suspension make the R1150GS unique—and they all seem to fit together in just one way. Even though we’ve seen numerous customs based on the original big ADV, most of them just look gawky and unbalanced.
It takes a sharp eye and massive talent to get it right—and master builder Shiro Nakajima has both. He originally founded the legendary Japanese shop Ritmo Sereno, which became famous for its classic Boxer builds.
This R1150GS isn’t the most extreme example of his work that we’ve seen. But it’s supremely tasteful—playing to the big adventure-tourer’s strengths rather than trying to reinvent it.
Starting with a 2001 model R1150GS, Shiro opted to rework rather than replace the bulky fuel tank. It’s more than a simple cut-n-shut job though, with substantial edits to both the top and sides.
There’s a solo seat up top, shaped on an aluminum base, and wrapped in a classic tuck-and-roll pattern by RazzleDazzle. A small tail light’s tucked neatly into the rear of the fender, and Shiro’s kept the BMW’s stock mud-catcher lower down.
The substantial instrumentation of the GS is also missing; in its place is a tiny Motogadget speedo, mounted off the handlebar risers on a custom bracket.
Early 2000s boxers are known for their reliability, so Shiro wisely left the engine untouched. He even left the airbox alone—but he swapped the exhaust can out for a custom-made titanium silencer, mounted to a slick hand-made hanger.
A new set of Michelin Anakee Wild tires has been spooned onto the GS’s tubeless rims. Shiro also lengthened the side stand, and trimmed off the front of the 1150’s chunky lower front mudguard.
We were starting to think the R1150GS was best left untouched, but Nakajima-san’s swung us. If you’ve got a big GS in the garage and an urge to change it, we hope you’ve been taking notes.
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August 13, 2018 at 12:18PM
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