BMW Offers Instant Retro With New 'Machined' Parts

A new range of accessories give riders the opportunity to take their BMW motorcycles back decades with the appearance of machined parts.

Celebrating the various era’s and design styles captured by the German motorcycle manufacturers Heritage line, BMW Motorrad has extended the design program of its Original BMW Motorrad Accessories to include the “Machined” range of customizing parts for the models  R nineT, R nine T Pure, R nineT Scrambler, R nine T Racer and R nine T Urban G/S.

‘Turning a motorbike into an unmistakably unique specimen is something that particularly fuels the motorcycling passion of many fans,’ explains BMW Motorrad.

Elaborately produced in high-quality aluminum, their extravagant design is mainly intended to lend expression to an individual passion for fine, premium-grade motorcycle technology. The unique design was created in collaboration with Roland Sands, the well-known customizer based in California.

Some of his views on motorcycle design and customization can be heard in the Clutch and Chrome podcast ‘Wrench Against the Machine’.


With the new accessories, a special manufacturing technique ensures a surface quality with attractive contrasts between glossy black and aluminum. The parts are initially made from an aluminum forging blank using a CNC-controlled machine tool, after they undergo elaborate hand-polishing before application of a black coating.

Selected areas are then milled once more so that the original distinctive aluminum surface becomes visible again.

All “Machined Parts” bear a BMW logo or a BMW Motorrad inscription. The inscription “by Roland Sands Design” is also applied to emphasize the designer’s signature style. In the color combination black-aluminum, the parts blend in particularly organically with the vintage look of the models.

What can rider’s add to their R nineT? The following “Machined Parts” are now available from BMW Motorrad dealerships:

  • Cylinder head covers
  • Oil filler neck lid
  • Belt cover
  • Headlight cover
  • Handlebar end cover
  • Rear axle cover
  • Bevel gear bearing cover
  • Swinging-arm pivot mount cover

For those who think there should be more, don’t worry. Other “Machined Parts” products are in preparation.

In addition to the brand new “Machined Parts”, the Original BMW Motorrad Accessories design program already offers a number of fine-quality customizing parts that allow the members of the R nineT family to be adapted to individual taste in a sophisticated and stylistically authentic manner.


Particularly worthy of mention here is the aluminum fuel tank produced by hand in boutique manufacturing quality according to rigorous BMW quality standards. Manual brushing gives each individual tank an entirely unique surface structure which permanently underscores the classic, refined appearance of the R nineT, R nine T Pure and the R nineT Scrambler.

Identical to the serial-production part in shape and volume, the aluminum tank is available with seams that are either ground weld or deliberately left visible, according to personal taste. In both variants, a high-gloss varnish coating on the polished, visible aluminum sections not only ensures a high-quality look but also provides reliable protection from unwanted oxidation processes.

As for the cost, it will vary depending on the accessory but BMW Motorrad certainly feels the finished look will be priceless.

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