BMW R NineT Moto-Kit: More than just one option - Hookie Co.

BMW R NineT Moto-Kit: More than just one option

In the last three years we build a lot of classic motorcycles based mostly on Honda or Yamaha. 

Over this period, we have lost a little bit of our focus and roots of where Hookie came from – it is the design, and not the service or restoration of old motorcycles. We have learnt a lot on how to work with clients, how to manage a garage with 10 projects at the same time, but overall we were not happy with the direction which Hookie was heading. So in recent months, we decided to reorganize Hookie – defining what we want in the future, and going again back to our roots – the design. Once we have completed the remaining 3 classic builds, we will focus more and more on design solutions based on modern motorcycles.

The Idea

The very first step to celebrate our “new” direction is with the Moto-Kit for a BMW R NineT. This idea was born while I was building the „Falcon“ – I saw the potential of the R NineT, and I was also very hooked on its performance, which is the reason why I bought a brand new 2017 BMW R NineT Scrambler as my personal bike. I rode the BMW in the original condition for more than 3 months, and then I started developing my very own personal favorite custom-bike. A mixture between tracker and scrambler – a look which is clean and straight – with options to quickly change the looks and style of the bike. But this time I wanted to create not only a one of a kind, so I changed my design process completely.

The Process

With previous designs, parts are built and handcrafted as one-off pieces using aluminum, steel or other materials. It is a really fluid workflow, but it is also hard to reconstruct the parts again. With this build, I construct all parts on CAD or technical drawings, so it can be reproduced instantly. Hence, The Moto-Kit was born, and my personal challenge was to develop bolt-on parts which do not need an expert level to assemble, with no requirements of welding or grinding. The development also led me to change the materials which I wanted to work with, including fuel cover and seat out of carbon fiber.

The final product

All parts are ready painted or powder coated. To assemble the Moto-Kit to your RNineT, you must disassemble the fuel tank, fuel pump, seat, the 2-seater sub-frame, rear fender, turn signals and the battery, as well as the remove of the stock air filter box. Once disassembly of the OEM parts are done, you can bolt on the stock fuel pump on our fuel tank, mount the sub-frame, and mount the fuel tank with the vibration dampers and the electronic tray. All of the stock BMW hardware can be re-used, with no needs to customize the fuel lines or electrical components. The carbon fuel tank cover (with a quick release system), and the carbon seat assembly is bolted on using dedicated bolts – 3 quick release bolts for the tank cover, and 3 x M8 bolts for the seat assemble. The transformation using our Moto-Kit can be completed in 2 hours time for a non-expert moto addict.

Watch now the Chameleon in action

My personal R NineT is completed with an Hookie Moto-Kit with the “Tricolor” carbon cover. With a pair of conical air filters courtesy of K&N, and the 2-into-1 bolt-on exhaust system from ARROW works and sounds really good. Both the air filter and the exhaust has Homologation for Germany for road use. I also changed the stock coil setup to a brand new setup from Hyperpro, lowering front and rear by 30 mm (because I’m only 171 cm :)). The headlight is a LED – Batesstyle, and a pair of brand new Kellermann Atto DF turn signals on the rear and a pair of Atto signals at the front. The R NineT is running on Metzeler Karoo 3 tyres.

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