Austria-based Vagabund Moto is one custom motorcycle shop that keeps pushing the envelope of design, materials, and processes. Their 15th build based around the BMW R nineT justifies the fact, as founders, Paul Brauchart and Philipp Rabl spray their creative magic over the two-wheeler for a facelift that’s so desirable for a speed junkie. The amount of metalwork is owed to craftsman Bernard Naumann!
The client asked the team to make this the best ever two-wheeler they’ve ever worked on and the final result is called “Tin Man.” It has an extensive shell of bodywork highlighted by the monocoque tank cover and the seating configuration. It also has an underlying monocoque part that doubles as the under-seat storage. This is the most exciting bit of the bike is the 3D printed remote control that opens up the upper layer moving on hydraulic shocks. When open, the Motogadget dash is visible through the acrylic window in the cover.
All the electronics are packed inside the bodywork to make the aesthetics clean and sleek. Other design details include the headlight nacelle wrapped around the Koso Thunderbolt LED headlights, the organic-looking front fender having automotive LED turn signals, and the rear lights having an array of LED lights in the tail. The full-carbon wheels are made by Rotobox embedded in Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tires and the outer layer of bodywork is encapsulated with Mercedes ‘Selenite Grey Magno’ by the paint shop Grundmann. They really did deliver the best custom bike!
Designer: Vagabund Moto