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If you happened to make it along to this year’s Bike Shed Moto Show in London’s Tobacco Dock, you might well have come across a rather splendid custom build…

BMW R 12 Street Ride

BMW Motorrad UK unveiled the first-ever custom BMW R 12 ‘Street Ride’, which had been expertly crafted by Brighton-based customisers Pier City Cycles.

The BMW R 12 ‘Street Ride’ showcases a blend of classic and modern design elements, featuring a striking glittery orange tank by Valkyrie Paintworks, creating a 1970s feel. The customisations also include a bespoke headlight cowl, front mudguard, rear shock, and exhaust system, effectively highlighting the custom capabilities of the BMW R 12.

BMW R 12 Street Ride

The Bike Shed Moto Show, renowned for celebrating creativity and craftsmanship in motorcycle culture, provided the perfect stage for the reveal of the ‘Street Ride’. Amongst the thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts and industry experts was BMW Motorrad Product Manager Carina Hoefler, who expressed her excitement about the build, stating: “The customisation possibilities of the R 12 are endless, and I think the Pier City Cycles R 12 custom, ‘Street Ride’ , is absolutely showing its potential! It emphasises the retro look of the bike with its shiny metallic paint job, giving off a nice 70s vibe. They added their own bespoke touches, including the removal of the airbox, which I like very much. I think it’s beautiful and it fits the bike perfectly – they did a brilliant job.”

Carina also participated in the Bike Shed Moto Show’s ‘Shed Talk’ live on stage, where she shared BMW Motorrad’s developmental ideas behind the new R 12 nineT and R 12 and its approach to innovation and customisation.

I think it’s an absolute stunner…

If you fancy finding out more about the R 12, click on the following link:

  • Photography | Alex Hampton

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