For custom builders, the BMW R nineT is the motorcycling equivalent of Plasticene. It can be pushed and pulled and reshaped in any direction, because it’s easy to take apart: the frame is in four pieces, and the wiring loom is in three pieces.
Since 2013 we’ve catalogued every significant custom R nineT; many of the world’s leading bike modifiers have had a crack at the platform. But we’ve never seen anything quite like this latest build, which comes from Max Ma of 2LOUD.
This R nineT is one of those customs that’s difficult to categorize, and that’s what Max wanted. It took him three months to build.
“I wanted to redefine R nineT,” he tells us. “I wanted to break free from the orthodox café racer style, downsize the fuel tank, and find a balance between aggressiveness and harmony.”
Max’s style is a mix of Japanese and Western custom culture.…