Motorcycle News - Ghost Dog: A BMW R nineT with Samurai style
That sounds like bad news, but it’s not. Rob van der Heijden and Maarten Timmer aren’t downing tools for good, they’re just not working under the same banner any more.
Cinephiles will recognize the name Ghost Dog: it’s a nod to Jim Jarmusch’s 1999 crime flick, starring Forest Whitaker as a hitman who follows the ancient code of the Samurai.
It was clear from the get-go that the modern Beemer needed a brutal and muscular stance. So Smokin’ started by swapping out the tank for a custom-made unit.
The team cleaned up the tail end of the bike next, by ditching the nineT’s removable passenger support subframe. The cast aluminum side pieces that normally sit under the seat at the tank junction are gone, replaced by a tidier set of black CNC milled ones.
The BMW’s right-side air duct was ditched too, in favour of a carbon fiber arrangement. Smokin’ also modded the intake to accept a K&N filter up front, for a more aggressive vibe. There’s a carbon throttle valve housing cover on the left side to match things up.
And then there’s that beefy exhaust system. Out back are two Spark MotoGP mufflers, connected via a custom-designed manifold. RvD Exhausts painstakingly put the system together, and the guys tell us it sounds “deep and warm.”
That sort of consideration is everywhere—like on the front forks, which were stripped, refinished in black and built up again. Little bits like the cylinder head guards, fender brackets and CNC machined exhaust brackets all got the black anodized treatment.
via Bike EXIF http://www.bikeexif.com
May 30, 2018 at 12:06PM