We love seeing custom builders’ personal rides. Most of these guys spend their days wrestling with the restrictions of commissioned work, so it’s intriguing to see their choices and decision-making when the brief is wide open.
This BMW R75/5 belongs to Nico Mueller of Hookie Co. in Germany. It’s a mix of clever upgrades, discreet engineering and delicious patina—but not too fancy to be ridden through the snow of a Dresden winter, with average temperatures hovering around zero (32 °F).
An old boxer seems like an obvious starting point, given the model’s current popularity, but Nico tells us that it wasn’t his first choice. “I rode a ’77 Harley-Davidson shovelhead before,” he says. “Perfect sound and perfect stance, but not the perfect bike for me.”