Stunning Custom BMW R nineT With Curved Aluminum Body Looks Like Something From An Alternate Reality
Designed to look like the kind of motorcycle Robocop might ride, this custom BMR R nineT comes complete with a custom handcrafted curved metal fairing.
This majestic, curvy beauty is courtesy of Wayne Buys, better known by his internet moniker FabMan Creations. Wayne, who works from his home and garage in South Africa, designed this piece for a client who commissioned the project and even provided him with an R nineT to work with. The final construction, which he calls “Storm”, is inspired by the aerodynamic shapes of airplanes. Although the Storm cannot fly like its inspiration, it evokes a feeling of weightlessness in whoever pilots it, thanks to its shape that slices through the air like an airplane would. The custom R nineT even sports two massive air intakes on its base that keep the bike’s boxer engine cool and airy.
Creator: Wayne Buys (FabMan Creations)
Wayne’s build has an undeniable organic appeal, akin to something from the mind of iconic designer Luigi Colani. There isn’t a single straight line on this bike and it’s honestly refreshing after the Cybertruck imitators we’ve seen for 3 years. It’s worth noting that the bike’s aluminum fairing was built entirely by hand, but more importantly, it was built free-form, without any prior sketching, modeling or jig building. If that wasn’t impressive enough, Wayne’s metal forming skills are also entirely self-taught.
It took eight months to design and build the bike, from start to finish. The customer provided Wayne with a low mileage R nineT, and for the most part the entire bike uses pretty much all the original parts inside, although Wayne had to do some customizations and rearrangements to bring it to life. its design.
In keeping with the Storm’s aeronautical theme, Wayne built the entire bike out of sheet aluminum, with several pieces assembled and screwed together to look like panels on an airplane. The various body panels interlock with each other, connected by small Allen-head fasteners that resemble the rivets found on airplanes. A coat of silver paint gives the Storm its raw appeal, resembling an airplane without the aerospace paint.
The custom R nineT has a rather interesting front and side profile, and chances are you’d never guess there’s a BMW under that Iron Giant-esque aluminum fairing. The front of the motorcycle features a domed cover that is punctuated by only a single centrally located headlight, almost like the nose of an airplane. In keeping with the aircraft-inspired enclosed design, Wayne also covered the front and rear wheels and also modified the exhaust to make it less prominent. The exhaust now sits just below the boxer engine, with three holes to remove hot air instead of having it trapped inside the aluminum body. That scooped-out rear air intake? Well, Wayne added that (along with an interior fan) to keep the relocated oil cooler cooler.
The Storm also boasts of a unique dash, with buttons to control specific bike functions, and a central speedometer, looking very much like something you’d see in a vintage cockpit. There’s also a stealth seven-segment display hidden under the mesh panels under the dash. The Storm also boasts of keyless ignition, with remote start.
While it seems like Wayne has a knack for building custom motorcycles (make no mistake, he certainly does), his initial training is as a millwright (design/build/maintain grain mills). After spending 15 years in Canada, Wayne returned to his native South Africa, but found himself unemployed. It was during this time that he branched out into building custom bikes, transferring his earlier skills in welding, machining, fabrication, and electrical and mechanical work to his new hobby. The only skill Wayne found himself without was shaping aluminum sheets – something he learned with relentless practice, hammering the panels onto a tree stump and then finishing them by hand.
Wayne is now the founder and sole owner of FabMan Creations, complete with an upgraded garage and workshop that he uses to build custom bikes and craft parts like fuel tanks, fenders, and exhaust systems.