Thursday, January 31, 2008

The BMW R1150GS-based Beutler Boxer

Looks like a cross between a motorcycle and a Zeppelin airship...

Pics: Motociclismo

What do you do with an R1150GS that nobody wants? If you are Klaus Beutler – a man devoted to building high-performance streetfighters – you don’t hock it off to buy an R1200GS Adventure. Instead, you take the 1150GS and convert it into something that nobody else in your neighbourhood has – the rather outlandish Beutler Boxer.

The Beutler bike has been designed to look like it’s one single piece of… something. With resin and fiberglass, Klaus Beutler worked for months to fabricate the bodywork and all the paintwork was also done by hand.

According to a report on Motociclismo, it’s not an easy bike to ride – the seat is quite high and climbing on can be quite difficult for those who aren’t as tall as Mr Beutler himself. Then, the turning radius is very large, the clutch is stiff and the ergonomics are less than stellar. Worse still, the bike feels nervous and isn’t very stable at high speeds. And all this despite Beutler claiming he hasn’t done anything to the original chassis…

So what does Mr Beutler have to say to all of this? ‘Yes, I know that riding it is a little crazy. The bike has been built as if it were a museum piece, to be displayed in exhibitions and fairs devoted to the motorcycle. To hijack the prominence of customized Harley-Davidsons,’ he says. A bike built for museums? Hmmm…, definitely not for us then!

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