Taiwan-based custom bike builder & shop Rough Crafts has just unleashed a track-attacking machine which pays a tribute to the past, but also packs plenty of modern technology. Enter one truly mean-looking motorcycle: ‘The Bavarian Fistfighter’ ($NA).
Blending beautiful classic lines with up-to-date finishes, this hot rodder is based on a 2014 BMW R nineT. Its vintage bodywork is complemented by a 50s’ style solo seat wrapped in leather, a nose fairing modeled after the iconic R 90 S, and an aluminum fuel tank which borrows lines from late 70s’ airheads. Modern-day essentials like the fuel pump, battery and electronics box, are all housed inside the tank, while the headlight sports a perforated section aiding airflow for a new oil cooler.
Other details include a new set of wheels by Rough Crafts design (the rear measuring a massive 6-inches wide), custom-made 330mm brake discs, Beringer controls, a custom rear shock, Diablo Superbike track-tires, and Motogadget speedo, grips and bar-end turn signals. A new exhaust and velocity stack setup help the 1170 cc boxer twin engine (110HP) breathe better for a powerful punch, while the signature Rough Crafts’ black-on-black finish (treated to a carbon fiber texture), further accentuates ‘The Bavarian Fistfighter’s menacing looks. via