There’s a time for building practical, sensible bikes—and there’s a time for hanging loose. Like when you’re working on a shop bike, with no client or brief in sight.
The NCT crew of David Widmann, Kurt Kosjek and Manuel Tilke pulled no punches here. In their workshop in Feldkirchen, Austria, the crew stripped the old boxer right down to its nuts and bolts, before rebuilding it.
The engine’s had a serious refresh, with new pistons, cylinders and camshafts, and a new coat of paint. A quickshifter from KLS Motorsport is the cherry on the cake.
Gone is the airbox, replaced by a set of velocity stacks. NCT also welded up an elaborate exhaust system, complete with a custom-made expansion chamber and ending in a stubby Akrapovič muffler.
Kurt then tore into the wiring, re-doing everything with a Motogadget m-Unit and a Lithium-ion battery, hidden under the engine. He also installed a keyless ignition and an alarm system, for good measure.
NCT saw to the suspension too. There’s a new Öhlins shock out back, and a set of Showa upside-downs—borrowed from a Ducati 900 Super Sport—up front. They’re held in place by custom triple trees, and kitted with a pair of hand-made stanchion guards.
New Brembo brakes help the BMW stop a lot quicker. For tires, NCT picked out a set of dual-sport Heidenaus—which look aggressive, but offer a surprising amount of grip on the asphalt.
Up top, NCT liberated the Beemer of its subframe—fitting a solo cowhide seat instead. A neat rear fender hugs the wheel beneath it.
The riding position is cafe racer-esque, thanks to rear set controls and a pair of clip-on bars. The rest of the cockpit is tricked out with a recessed speedo—and switches—from Motogadget, and upgraded controls. An LED headlight lights the way.
Manuel added the final touch: black paint, with a distressed pinstripe, and the NCT logo, in gold. The frame and wheels went off for powder coating, with the wheels getting an extra hit of gold.
Sure, Black Stallion #28 is probably not going to win any ‘commuter of the year’ awards. And with no taillight or plate holder in sight, it’s probably not going to be popular with the fuzz either.
But what the hell. We’re hooked on those brawny looks and the compact, super-aggressive stance. NCT have a Gewinner!