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    Discover the BMW Motorrad x Blechmann R 18

    Introducing the Blechmann R 18, a custom BMW motorcycle created based on the factory R 18 cruiser by BMW Motorrad in collaboration with the renowned Austrian designer Bernhard Naumann, also known as Blechmann, which means ‘tin man’ in German.

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    The designer began this project by working from the back to the front, keeping the original subframe while introducing a new single seat with a brown leather saddle pad, retro buckles, and a stop light from Kellermann.

    “I draw my design directly on the object using the final material,” explains the designer. “This allows me to directly respond to the requirements and to keep an eye on the proportions at all times. My work begins by removing parts of the original version until a white canvas remains. As the construction progresses, the design develops. I call this ‘rapid-prototyping-Blechmann-style’.”

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    The bike was given a classic gloss black finish with white pin-stripes. The headlight frame was redesigned into a kidney shape and the fuel tank was altered to reveal more of the R18’s boxer engine.

    It took Blechmann’s team 450 hours to transform the standard R 18 into a unique piece of art on wheels. Do you think the time and effort were worth it for this stunning creation?

    Image Source: BMW Blog

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