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Custom Makeover For Superbikes

The makeover of 1980 BMW R100 RS into the Good Ghost by Dirk Oehlerking’s Kingston Custom.

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GenderFemale, Male, Other
Age BracketYoung Adults, Grown Ups
GeographyNorth America, Europe

The trend of customizing vehicles dates back to the ’70s from Harley-Davidson Super Glide, designed by Willie G. Davidson, and is still popular to date. Automobile enthusiasts whether cars or bikes love to give their ride a personal touch. Dirk Oehlerking’s Kingston Custom is one of the designers customizing vintage bikes for years recently they have also released the jaw-dropping version of 1980 BMW R100 RS under their Phantom series with the name of Good Ghost.

The custom comes with little to no change to the bike’s original chassis. Everything is additive, with painstakingly hand-shaped 2mm-thick aluminum paneling covering the underlying structure of the bike in glorious steampunk fashion. The sleek design and golden border that exhibits the classic’s curves make it look like an ancient ghost, with a sheet draped over it. The outer clad conceals both wheels and comes with a continuous leather saddle that goes from the dashboard to the very end. This design detail involved cutting into the fuel-tank, but designers find an innovative solution by problem by fabricating a small fuel cell behind the transmission, with an external fuel pump to send the gas where it needs to go.

The designers also make sure to embrace the BMW’s signature split kidney grille, a detail that’s iconic to the company’s cars by incorporating it into the custom bike requested by the Hass Auto Museum in Dallas, Texas. The designers also made a tiny compartment underneath the leather seat that holds a bottle of wine and a glass. They also made things interesting with the lift mechanism of the seat that has a corkscrew and a spare spark-plug too to make all your rides fun!

References – Kingston custom and yankodesign

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The trend of custom bikes and cars has been in trend for many years. People have been customizing their bikes and cars according to their personalities, beliefs and emotional attachments for a while. Vehicle modification is also really popular among the youth now, fascinated by the new and innovative technology and aesthetics, people like to modify the regular vehicle delivered to you by the company making it an evergreen trend among all ages.


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