The Nmoto Nostalgia is a stunningly reimagined BMW R nineT

Vintage cool gets modern tech
by Andrew Guerrero | May 22, 2019
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It might look like a pre-war vintage bike at first glance, but this is brand-new. First previewed in late 2018, the Nmoto Nostalgia takes retro bike builds to a new level.

The man who started the ‘Nostalgia Project’ is Alex Niznik, founder of Nmoto, a motorcycle manufacturer and design studio based in Miami, Florida. Niznik’s creation was inspired by a restored 1934 BMW R7 Prototype that caught his eye at Pebble Beach back in 2012. Fast forward a couple of years later and Nmoto is finally manufacturing a new version of the R7—one with a modern twist. 

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The Nostalgia’s exterior is pure art deco, but its bones are that of the latest BMW R NineT. The hand-crafted panels bolt on to the OEM BMW frame, and the rear subframe which holds the passenger footpegs has been eliminated. Up front it gets a teardrop headlight housing which also houses the integrated keyless ignition and stock speedometer.

Custom fork shrouds, a full front fender with a license plate holder, and custom handlebars give it a proper vintage look. It features a 12L polished fuel tank and streamlined side body panels that conceal its mechanical components for an uncluttered appearance. You can even opt for floorboard-style footrests for that authentic feel.

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It also gets a cool classic-style adjustable solo seat. What’s more, the bike comes with custom streamlined exhausts that mimic the original ones but meet Euro 4 standards. Finally, the rear flaunts a full fender with a period-style taillight, and BMW’s single-sided Paralever swingarm suspension is disguised to give it the appearance of an old-school hardtail. For those wondering, it has front and rear LED turn signals cleverly integrated into the front headlight brackets and on the base of rear seat mounts. 

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The heart of this rolling work of art is the BMW R Nine T’s stock 1,170cc double overhead cam boxer twin that produces 110hp and 116Nm of torque. This motor is mated to a six-speed transmission. Top speed is an impressive 225kph, and its total weight is a decent 205kg which, according to Nmoto, is actually less than the stock motorcycle it’s based on.

Being a low volume hand-built bike, don’t expect this to be cheap. The Nostalgia starts at $49,500 (P2.6 million). Deduct $10,000 (P520,000) if can supply your own donor BMW R Nine T. 

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