Radical-looking "Spirit of Passion" is the second R18-based custom bike in the BMW "SoulFuel" series.
"SoulFuel" sees BMW Motorrad collaborating with selected customisers to create very uniquely styled motorcycles. The latest art-deco themed bike, by Dirk Oehlerking at Kingston Custom, is breathtaking.
Oehlerking’s Kingston Custom is well-known for its extreme customising, but for Spirit of Passion the R18's tech is left largely untouched. “The BMW R 18 is so perfect that I left the technology as it is. The frame is 100% original and so sophisticated that nothing should be changed here,” says Oehlerking. But the bike has still been transformed into an unmistakable Kingston Custom creation.
The biggest eye-catcher – and also the greatest challenge – is undoubtedly the Kingston fairing. The bodywork is finished in a handmade Kingston design, as are the handlebars and mudguard. The BMW R 18 exhaust has been modified by Oehlerking in Kingston Roadster style, while his saddle is drawn from the range of universal accessories.
The turn indicators have been replaced with Kellermann indicators and the LED front headlight is now integrated in the fairing. The original paintwork and lines have been adopted for the fairing and wing, with the addition of some details in Kingston style. The wheel suspension and fuel tank are original. The design as a whole is based on classic art deco style.