BMW Motorrad recently collaborated with Kingston Custom for the second custom edition of BMW R 18 in the 'SoulFuel' series.
Dirk Oehlerking's Kingston Custom is well-known for its extreme customizing. Anyone expecting a complete rebuild of the R 18 will be in for a surprise, however. "The BMW R 18 is so perfect that I left the technology as it is. The frame is 100 % original and so sophisticated that nothing should be changed here," Oehlerking commented. But the bike has still been transformed into an unmistakable Kingston Custom conversion.
The biggest eye-catcher is the Kingston fairing. The bodywork is finished in handmade Kingston design, as are the handlebars and mudguard. The BMW R 18 exhaust has been modified by Oehlerking in Kingston Roadster style, while his saddle is drawn from the range of universal accessories.
The turn indicators have been replaced with Kellermann indicators and the LED front headlight is now integrated into the fairing. The original paintwork and lines have been adopted for the fairing and wing, with the addition of some details in Kingston style. The wheel suspension and fuel tank are original. The design as a whole is based on classic art deco style.
Photography: Ben Ott, Courtesy of BMW Motorrad