BMW R 18 Magnifica by Radikal Chopper Magnificent R 18 100 kilos lighter after modification
With a detachable tank, mahogany rear and pure craftsmanship, Radikal Chopper transforms a BMW R 18 into a work of art.
“Magnifica” means “magnificent” in Italian. In the case of the BMW R 18 probably for “The Magnificent”. And that sums it up pretty well, no doubt. Radikal Chopper from Milan is known for unique custom bikes with a lot of manual work, a penchant for the baroque and a touch of steampunk. In the Magnifica, based on the large Bavarian Boxer R 18, Radikal Choppers holds their own in all forms.
BMW R 18 with custom-milled rims
First, what remained of the R 18: the frame, the engine and the electrics. Andrea Radaelli from Radikal Chopper completely reshapes the rest. A self-developed trapezoidal fork with integrated brake caliper cushions and cushions in the steering head. What’s more, the pliers, which are almost invisible from the outside, bite into two brake discs at the same time. A perimeter disc bolted to the rim and a conventional brake disc to the wheel hub. Appropriate: The rims are custom-made products milled to measure. The upper yoke sweeps out into yet wider handlebars, elegantly supporting the redesigned original cockpit above the tank.
Old-time clip-on tank
Andrea designs and manufactures the new tank in the style of old clip-on tanks that were basically state of the art in the 1920’s. The two bladders are connected to a longitudinally grooved bracket and attached to the frame. A story of its own should actually be written about the two swiveling fuel filler caps, which could have sprung from a Jules Verne novel. These alone are “magnifica” enough.
Boat-Tail mal anders
The entire rear seems to float above the new double spring strut and is held at just three filigree points. Andrea forms the tail and seat from mahogany wood and polished stainless steel, reminiscent of old cars and old Italian motor yachts.
Engine in a new dress
Andrea doesn’t change anything on – or rather – in the big boxer, but gives the two cylinders a completely new look with lush engine covers, redesigned injection and short fish-tail mufflers. Absolutely superfluous and therefore great: Where the R 18 prominently bears a plaque with its cubic capacity on each side, Andrea places an intermediate piece for the fuel lines from the tank to the injection and takes up the steampunk theme again. The Magnifica is shifted by hand and with a shift lever forged in this way. Despite the excessive use of stainless steel and steel, the Magnifica weighs a good 100 kilograms less than the base R 18.
Many are beautiful, but also impassable.
Better to leave it in its original state.
A truly magnificent custom bike, this Magnifica from Radikal Chopper from Milan. Based on a BMW R 18, Andreas Radaelli designs a baroque, steampunk masterpiece and shapes almost every piece of metal by hand. Magnifica!
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