Remember the story about High Octane Speed Shop – a Dutch custom-bike builder – being challenged by BMW to create a hot, bespoke bike? Well, feast your eyes on the finished product.
What we showcased as an interesting looking sketch, about a month ago, has materialized in one of the coolest motorcycles to wear the BMW badge ever.
Looking nothing short of astonishing, the one-off vehicle was designed and built by Jeffry Sol – the owner of High Octane Speed Shop. Sol became fascinated at an early age by motorsport, and its influences can be seen on the 70’s-inspired HP nineT café racer, as he explains: “If you look at classic racing cars, engines, or old warplanes, you’ll see immediately how they were built for speed and functionality,”
Based on the R nineT stock BMW bike, the HP nineT utilizes a plethora of details borrowed from old planes, cars and bikes, manufactured in the manual metalworking days of yore. In fact, to keep it in line with this philosophy, Sol constructed most of the bodywork manually, using an English wheel, willingly making an asymmetrical design.
High Octane doesn’t mention any engine-mods (except for the exposed air filter seen in the pics, but this kind of improvement is commonly seen on modified R nineTs). If that is the case, the bike chugs the same power output (110 hp) from its 1,170 cc, air cooled, flat-twin as the stock variant.
This just shows what a connoisseur and passionate can do with BMW’s R nineT bike, a vehicle built specifically to lend itself to customizers.