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Vagabund’s R nine T custom comes with official approval

Vagabund’s R nine T custom comes with official approval

BMW R nineT custom with TÜV approval, by Vagabund Moto
Most of us take it for granted that we can modify our bikes. As long as the VIN number is correct and the modifications are not visibly unsafe, there’s rarely a problem.

But in some countries, the regulations are real tough. Several territories in Southeast Asia make it virtually impossible to register a custom bike. And in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, there’s the notorious TÜV system.

BMW R nineT custom with TÜV approval, by Vagabund Moto
TÜV requires official approval for almost every modified part fitted to a bike. The frame cannot be welded or drilled or deformed in any way. Even a new muffler must have an approval sticker—and be designed for the model of bike you’re riding.

This makes life extremely difficult for custom builders in the Germanic countries.…

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