In celebration of BMW Motorrad's 100th anniversary, designer Dirk Olerking took the opportunity to transform one of their models— the R18 The Crown motorcycle—into a stunning work of art.
Olerking and his team meticulously sliced, bent, and shaped a 2mm-thick sheet of aluminum to create an 8-liter fuel tank and body parts for the motorcycle. Remarkably, the engine and rear suspension have been left untouched from their original designs. Meanwhile, two exhaust manifolds made from stainless steel were entirely handcrafted.
The chosen color, Champagne Platinum with a pearlescent texture, adds another layer of finesse to the bike. It looks more like a sculpture than a vehicle, with the aluminum finish adding a mesmerizing effect. Body parts and a gradient suspension tube that emerges from a metallic frame reminiscent of a surfboard further enhance its striking appearance.
This transformation reflects not just craftsmanship but also a deep respect for the original design, effectively honoring BMW Motorrad's centenary celebration with a masterpiece that pays homage to its heritage while pushing boundaries in custom motorcycle design.