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BMW K 1600 GTL Custom Project: Builder Interviews

BMW K 1600 GTL Project: The Builders

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Harley-Davidson dominates the heavyweight custom scene in Japan: many of the top builders work on no other marque. But BMW has just disrupted that paradigm with its ‘Ignite Straight 6’ project: it’s given its luxury K 1600 GTL tourer to two of Japan’s most esteemed motorcycle craftsmen. Keiji Kawakita (Hot Dock Custom Cycles) and Kenji…

BMW R nineT custom motorcycle builders

R nine T Custom Project: the builders

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It’s not often that we get an insight into the minds and work processes of Japan’s custom motorcycle builders. The language barrier is simply too much. So we’re wrapping up our coverage of BMW’s R nineT Custom Project by interviewing the four builders involved. Although they’re at the top of their game—and undoubtedly some of…

Talking Shop: Custom Motorcycle Builders

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For the second edition of The Bike EXIF Panel, we’re picking the brains of seven of the world’s top custom motorcycle builders. The topic: what’s it like building bikes for a living? From the USA we have Richard Pollock of Mule Motorcycles, Alan Stulberg of Revival Cycles and Greg Hageman of Hageman Motorcycles. Across the…

Interview: Edgar Heinrich

The man in charge of motorcycle design at BMW Motorrad right now is Edgar Heinrich. He’s the new boss of the company’s Design Studio, after…

Interview: Massimo Bordi

Massimo Bordi is one of the most illustrious engineers in motorcycling history. He developed the 4-valve Ducati Desmo engine in the mid-80s, designed the Ducati…

Interview: Miguel Galluzzi

Miguel Galluzzi is the man who created the Ducati Monster, a bike that started life as a “parts bin special”. It’s now one of the…

Interview: Denny Berg of Cobra Engineering

The highlight of the recent Indianapolis Dealer Expo, that yearly gathering of America’s motorcycle aftermarket industry, was a 20-bike display in the Cobra Engineering booth.…

Interview: Pierre Terblanche

South African-born Pierre Terblanche is one of the most influential motorcycle designers in the world today. He’s most famous for his Ducati designs, such as…

Interview: Charley Boorman

As one of the stars of Long Way Round and Long Way Down, Charley Boorman has become a popular ambassador for motorcycling. Although he was…

Interview: Ola Stenegärd

I’ve always imagined BMW Motorrad designers to be technicians in white lab coats. So I was surprised to discover that the leader of BMW’s motorcycle…

Interview: Kevin Ash

Update: Kevin Ash died on January 22, 2013, after an accident during a motorcycle press launch in South Africa. This interview was published in November…

Interview: Tim Stevens

If you like gadgets and tech, you’ll know the website Engadget. Famous for its obsessive coverage of everything new, it attracts a staggering six million…