There’s a special place in the custom motorcycle scene for motorcycles that eschew practicality, in order to push boundaries. Dmitry Golubchikov – an AMD Championship winner – of Russia’s Zillers Garage has taken motorcycle craftsmanship to a whole new level with his latest R Nine T, commissioned by none other than BMW Motorrad Russia itself, this stunner mixes some old-school sci-fi nostalgia with modern features.
Zillers’ R nineT is outlandish and memorable, and a great reminder that we need builders that are willing to throw convention out the window. Gaze in awe at this customized 2016 BMW R nineT by Dmitry Golubchikov of Zillers Garage. The hand-formed aluminum bodywork is the most striking feature of this build
Spending 10 months building custom parts for the motorcycle from head to toe, pretty much all its components have been replaced, except for the motor, the final drive arm, and just part of the original frame. Aside from the boxer cylinder heads on protruding on either side of the bike, the entire bodywork has been hand-formed with aluminium, carrying a design inspired by aviation.
The arc built above the handlebars double as a functional cockpit, holding a Motogadget Motoscope Mini speedo and other controls, while the tail end holds a sliding storage compartment with an integrated phone charger. Most impressing, however, is the way the bike parks: when not in use, the bike stands completely upright, resting on the lower belly pan. Once you start the bike up, a pneumatic system lifts up the entire bike when you’re ready to go.
Zillers built the entire system from scratch – from turning the pneumatic cylinders, all the way to creating the control mechanism. The system runs inside the forks at the front, and with a revised shock linkage at the back. Between the body kit and the hydraulics, it’s already an impressive build. But Dmitry’s in the habit of paying attention to every last detail – so this BMW has some sweet trim too. The machined aluminum wheels are fully custom; 18” units designed to resemble turbines.
Dmitry also fabricated a stainless steel two-into-one exhaust system, which snakes into the bodywork before emerging in a single muffler on the left. The bulges on each side of the main fuselage hide twin 3D-printed air boxes, kitted out with car air filters.
No sidestand, here. The bike sits flat on its bellypan and then uses a pneumatic system to raise it up into riding position
The outlandish design is complemented by a muted monochrome paint job. Everything wears the same shade of grey – from the body, through to the fork legs, engine and wheels. It’s accented only by subtle pin striping in a lighter grey. A set of oversized BMW roundels add the only glint of color.
There’s no information on whether this custom R NineT will ultimately be for sale, but those who are interested in Zillers Garage’s work can head over to its Instagram page.
Images by Vlad Klepach.