K-Speed Custom’s R nineT “Shadow Boxer”
K-Speed’s R nine T custom injects some serious character into the BMW!
Updated August 13, 2018
You might be thinking: “This is strikingly similar to the Rough Crafts BMW R nineT” and we’d definitely agree that this latest offering from K-Speed Customs does take a fair few styling cues from our man Winston Yeh… even the names are slightly similar: Rough Craft’s Bavarian Fistfighter, compared with K-Speed Custom’s Shadow Boxer… But let’s not forget that great minds think alike, and while the overall outline is similar, there are more than enough individual features of this dark R nineT custom to keep us excited.
Where Rough Crafts took the Café Racer route, K-Speed Customs have taken the R nine T platform in more of a Streetfighter direction, and it’s a move that has really paid off. The Bangkok based outfit is headed up by guy named EAK, who has given this muscular R nine T custom the Shadow Boxer moniker, as a fitting tribute to the late and great Muhammad Ali. It’s a powerful looking boxer machine that wears its name well.
After expressing his desire to work on an R nine T custom project, EAK finally got around to playing around with one. In an interview with Pipeburn he said that he had “always wanted to work on the R nine T and liked the style of the stock bike but wanted to play around with one and make it more unique.” Since he was already fond of the stock model, he decided to leave the tank and overall shape of the bike as close to stock as possible, and utilized his fabrication skills working on other areas of the bike.
First things first: EAK got his powder coating list together and sent the cylinder heads, swing arm and triple tree out for treatment, before turning his attention to the rest of the bike. EAK decided to black out the front forks, swap out the original bars with CNC clip on units, and fab up some new side, custom made side panels. The tank has been left unmodified, save for an awesome matte black paint job. Whilst waiting for the powder coated parts to come back, EAK got to work building a new rear subframe, to give the R nine T that awesome and aggressive riding position.
With the rear subframe in place, EAK added a custom saddle before turning his attention to the finishing touches. Firstly, the stock instrument cluster was scrapped in favor of Motogadget units; the stock headlamps were upgraded to LED lights, as were the tail lights and turn signals. The exhaust system was refined, and of course, the R nine T now wears Pirelli rubbers.
Up front, you’ll notice the awesome, handmade aluminum fairing. It’s a beautiful piece that took EAK no less than three attempts to get right. And we’re glad he put the effort it in, because it really ties the whole build together, and gives the R nineT that ferocious street fighter vibe. Want to see some more R nine T custom action? Check out this cool concept gallery for some interesting ideas…
[Photos by OverRide]