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.
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.
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.
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.