Motorcycle News - Moksha: A BMW R nineT from Sinroja and TW Steel
“We didn’t see a lot of fancy bikes in India back then,” Rahul recalls. “But the ‘ding, ding rumble’ of a 2-stroke Yamaha RX100, or the thump of a Royal Enfield Bullet, would always get my heart racing.”
Last year, Royal Enfield tapped Sinroja for two ‘factory custom’ builds, and this year it’s the turn of Dutch watchmaker TW Steel, with BMW Motorrad along for the ride.
TW Steel chose Sinroja for their latest ‘Son of Time’ custom bike project, and talk quickly turned to the donor bike. “We were keen to work with BMW’s latest boxer engine, since we’re known to work with classic boxers,” says Rahul.
This radical R nineT is called Moksha—an eastern term that means freedom and liberty. With this commission, Sinroja were free to change the paradigm of the typical custom BMW, and the result is extraordinary.
“He helped us envision this bike before we started making it—which made the whole build part a lot easier,” says Rahul. “I had the idea ‘in my head’ and could visualize the bike, but after some dotting around on my iPad he created a beautiful concept.”
“Initially we had six months, but it came down to ten weeks. This is where passion took over from business sense and lifestyle … we decided we would work 24/7, to make sure we had one of the best R9Ts out there.”
Sinroja then binned every single piece of Euro 4 and 5 compliance gear that wasn’t necessary for the BMW to run. They stripped off virtually everything, except the engine and the main frame section.
Sinroja have replaced the wheels with hoops made to spec by Kineo, who even tweaked the spoke nipples. The nipples are all red, aside from two black ones on each wheel—alluding to the two black dots of the TW Steel logo.
As Rahul notes, when building bikes at this level, “It’s all about the details.”
After bolting it all up, they double-checked the ergonomics and clearances before starting on the aluminum bodywork.
The next job on the slate was to create the bodywork in aluminum, with the help of metal shaping specialist Chris Walton. Over 150 hours went into this, all done by hand using artisan skills and coach building techniques from the past.
A striking tail section—with a unique cutaway—houses the rear lights. But the most challenging part of the build was the front fairing. “We didn’t want to have a classic-style fairing, we’ve seen it too many times. We wanted to do something that stands out and makes a statement.”
The front of the fairing leans over the headlight for a slightly ominous effect. “It’s to give the bike an attitude,” says Rahul. He cites the lead character in Assassin’s Creed, one of his favorite video games as a kid. “There was always something about the hoodie the character wore.”
The GPS speedo is a custom creation from Speedhut that also includes a tachometer. The face replicates the watch face, a pleasingly discreet touch of detailing. The clean and simple switchgear is from Motogadget.
The paint was laid down on the already-prepped panels, using TW Steel’s house colors of red and black. The stripes suggest kinetic energy, and despite the immaculate quality, were laid down at speed: all three of the 8 Ball paint team worked through the night to finish the BMW in time for the Bike Shed show opening the following day.
If you didn’t catch this stunning R nineT at the BSMC show, the next stop is at the Glemseck 101 festival in Germany at the end of this month.
Say hello to the brothers if you are there—and keep an eye on the race schedules. There’s a chance Moshka will be racing against time in the sprints.
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August 7, 2018 at 12:08PM
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