published at 03.04.2015, 18:12
Heritage

Three 9Ts + 3D technology = Brazilian BMW custom bonanza

Since the BMW R nineT was unveiled, customisers across the world have been putting their own stamp on the air/oil-cooled boxer that many are already calling a future classic. Over in South America, custom garage Johnnie Wash recently unveiled several special 9Ts where 3D print technology, neat design touches and individual styling have resulted in a trio of memorable roadsters.

BMW Motorrad dealership Eurobike presented the three customised 9Ts at a show in Brazil in partnership with Johnnie Wash, currently considered the most respected customisation garage in the country. With the unique work of Ricardo Medrano, owner of Johnnie Wash, all three motorcycles won many plaudits for their sophistication and design, where 3D scanner technology and digital printing was used for a perfect finish in the design of various parts.

Motorcycle customisers are quickly learning about the possibilities that new technologies and materials applicable to electronic 3D printing offer them in their work. It was Paris-based duo Blitz motorcycles who first unveiled a BMW 9T with a completely different tracker-style fuel tank that had not been fabricated from metal, as is the norm, but from this new method of 3D printing with polyamide.

Ricardo Medrano’s customisation projects are characterized by clean lines, a high standard of finish and sophistication. The starting point for each of the custom bikes was a standard 9T with its custom body parts printed in an intensive three-day time period. Each part of the bike was scanned with a 3D G-scanner to ensure a perfect fit between the various parts and the 9Ts, and then each part was printed, layer by layer in plastic, before being prepared for painting.

The ‘entry level’ model, finished in black and red, has its seat designed in ABS plastic and then trimmed with terracotta leather. There are high intensity LED turn indicators at the front and rear, a shortened subframe, suspension and engine components finished in black, small mirrors integrated into the handlebars, and sports air filter. The 9T is painted in gloss and matt, with graphite coloured finish to its twin, stacked exhausts.

The ‘black and silver’ 9T pictured has a classic single-seater sports tail, front and rear LED signals, black finish to suspension and engine components, a shortened subframe, sports air filter, black wheels and a 'dual slash' exclusive sports exhaust. The 'bars are also raked back an extra inch-and-a-quarter, and include integrated sports mirrors. The tank and tail are finished in brushed matte aluminium paint and the single seat is finished in red leather. This model has an extra 14 horsepower over the standard version, thanks to a sports filter installation and power chip, that can be activated after the first service.

The R nineT ‘brown’ is an even more sophisticated roadster, which besides all the innovations incorporated on the previous models, offers a more sporty and aggressive design. This can be seen in the lowered ‘bars, an aerodynamically designed tail end to reduce friction, sports exhaust with ‘True Duo’ retaining clips installed below the subframe, a lo-slung number plate and rear indicators holder with a floating assembly, two-tone coloured fuel tank in matte metallic paint, and single-seat finished in black leather. The air intake system has been completely redesigned and the battery compartment and control modules have all been relocated under the tank, providing a clean and sophisticated look. The engine with this new system and power chip will generate an additional 18 hp, which can also be activated after the first service.

All of these three bikes can be returned to their original condition, or can conceivably be changed again for a whole new look as the options offered by 3D printing technology will surely allow even more customisers to create unique ‘skins’ for their project 9Ts.