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HomeBikesUnlike any other BMW, the R18 Magnifica is handcrafted.

Unlike any other BMW, the R18 Magnifica is handcrafted.

All these bespoke projects based on BMW’s R 18 are only two years old and have been approved by the business. With the R 18 Magnifica, the German powerhouse has added to this list by unveiling the most magnificent bespoke R 18. Customized with brass, aluminum, and wood parts you’ve ever seen.

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BMW R18 Magnifica

Customized by Andrea Radaelli of Radikal Chopper

Andrea Radaelli of Radikal Chopper designed the Magnifica, unveiled at the Top Marques event in Monaco. Only the machined billet wheels are machined by Radeilli and the team.
The tail/seat part is made of mahogany wood, which provides a much-needed contrast to the metallic style.

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BMW R18 Magnifica

Design and build

The new R 18 isn’t as comfortable as the original, but it’s still quite gorgeous. Once again, these forks are made to order, yet, they keep the same rake angle as the stock setup. Although the outward appearance of the fork seems to be old, the insides are said to be contemporary.

No alterations have been made to the engine or electrical systems, and everything is stock and serviceable. As a result of this modification, the motorbike now weighs 220 pounds less than its initial 760-pound weight.

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BMW R18 Magnifica handlebar

In other words, what prompted the creation of this work? This design was influenced by classic BMW R-model bikes dating back to the early 20th century, according to Radeilli. As a nod to the original wooden steering wheels found on vintage BMW cars, the decision to use wood was also motivated by a desire to add something “alive” to the bike.

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BMW R18 Magnifica speedometer

Radikal Chopper sketched down concepts for the construction once the motivation was evident. Radaelli’s creativity was let to run wild when the sketches were completed, and the results, as you can see, are nothing short of magnificent.


Sadly, that’s not the case. Because Radikal Chopper built the Magnifica only for Officine Riunite Milanesi’s Raffaello Polchi, you won’t be able to buy one. Even so, the Magnifica is a bespoke motorbike that lives up to its name and is a remarkable work of art.
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Andrew Nelson
Andrew Nelsonhttp://www.bikersinsider.com
Andrew Nelson is an Editor at Bikers Insider, He has been a Passionate motorcycle rider since age 10, Andrew has close to a decade of Motorcycle industry experience, initially working in an online, magazine and has now transitioned into a full-time blog writer, Andrew prefers touring-style motorcycles, his favorite motorbike is Africa Twin. He is obsessed with keeping up to date with all the latest tech in the motorcycle industry, Andrew is also a keen swimmer and he can usually be found training in his local swimming pool. Words from Andrew: Beyond my love of adventure and riding a motorcycle, sharing stories and my experience with other fellow riders is another passion of mine, I hope sharing my stories and experience will inspire anyone interested in motorcycle adventures.


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