BMW R18 The Crown


BMW R18 The Crown

BMW R18 The Crown has been revealed last week and, boy it is wonderful! Dirk Oehlerking, once again, created a masterpiece. Let’s see it together.


Let’s start by saying that magic happens every time Dirk Oehlerking, and his company Kingston Custom, put their hands on the BMW R 18. They have recently caused a stir in the scene with the R 18 Spirit of Passion – a breath-taking creation in streamlined style. The BMW R 18 The Crown goes a step further. As its creator says “It is the essence of my creations to date”. Oehlerking, whose passion and creativity has always been for individual and unusual motorcycles, has been creating masterpieces with total commitment in the Ruhr region for 30 years.

BMW R18 The Crown design

BMW R18 The Crown is a creation made to celebrate 100 years of BMW Motorrad. Oehlerking started with a new BMW R18 which he then stripped down. He describes his approach like this: “As always, I worked with hard foam and cardboard to create the shape, the lines and the design. The aim was for it to look powerful, elegant and fast combined with an innovative look.”

The design required to re-engineer most of the motorcycle:
– the front wheels suspension now has a double-sided swinging arm with central suspension strut.
– new 8-litre fuel tank made of 2mm thick aluminum which was cut, bent and driven by hand.
– as the tank, the body parts are made of 2 mm thick aluminium sheets, which was cut, bent and driven by hand.
– the two stainless steel exhaust manifolds are completely made by hand.
– the clutch and handbrake fittings from Magura.
– the rear mudguard and brackets from Wunderkind.
– the saddle made from 2 mm thick aluminium sheet metal and covered with genuine leather.

Numerous standard components such as the headlight, instrument, switch units and footrest system have been integrated perfectly into the project.

Icing on the cake is a Champagne Platinum paint finish with mother-of-pearl, complemented by the BMW brand emblem adorned with a small crown.


Our thought on the BMW R18 The Crown

Planning the unveiling of the BMW R18 The Crown on the occasion of 100 years of BMW Motorrad as part of the BMW Motorrad Days in Berlin was simply clever. The motorcycle itself is brilliant, the design is incredible and the tech solutions are out of this world. Everything is so well designed and perfectly matches together, there is not a single piece in this project that you would like to change. Absolutely incredible!

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