Wunderlich Front Mudguard Extender for the BMW F900 XR

Launched in 2020 as a new middleweight adventure bike with a fairly short front mudguard, owners can now protect their engine casing and front brake calipers with the new Wunderlich Front Mudguard Extender for the BMW F900 XR.

It might be popular to shorten mudguards on cafe racer bikes, but if you’re riding on off-road adventures, commuting or just getting through the winter months, it can be painful to see the damage and corrosion caused by water, grime and rubbish being flung up by the front wheel of your motorcycle. Especially if you’re not able to clean it straight away, or stone chips become a problem.

So Wunderlich now provide a sturdy thermoplastic extender for the front mudguard of the BMW F900 XR to compliment the particularly short standard example. Measuring 14.9 x 21.6cm, you get extra length with a specially flared lip on the bottom edge to help keep everything away from the front brake calipers. Which is handy.

The new Wunderlich Front Mudguard Extender for the BMW F900 XR
The new Wunderlich Front Mudguard Extender for the BMW F900 XR

And the black colour matches the design of the original parts, so it won’t look odd or be particularly noticeable beyond cutting down the time spent cleaning your engine casing.

The Wunderlich Xtreme Front Extender for the F900 XR is quick and easy to fit, doesn’t require any drilling, and comes with instructions and fittings for £94. You can find it in the UK via Nippy Normans.

Keep up with the latest news on new, classic and custom BMW motorcycles, here, or more motorcycle products, here. And if you’re thinking about buying a secondhand BMW F900 XR, why not have a browse of the selection currently on sale via eBay.

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BMW is conducting driving dynamics evaluation of its upcoming i7 – billed as the world’s first pure-electric luxury saloon.

The team is based at the BMW Group’s winter test centre in Arjeplog, Sweden.

Situated just a short distance from the Arctic Circle, the freezing environment and snow-covered roads present the perfect conditions for engineers to fine-tune the performance of all drive and suspension systems.

The intensive winter testing programme also focuses on the components of the all-electric drive system, including the motor, high-voltage battery, power electronics and charging technology.

The BMW i7 (pictured in heavy camouflage) is due to launch in 2022.

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The Wal Custom BMW R 18 By Shinya Kimura

Following on from custom builds by Roland Sands and Dirk Oehlerking comes The Wal custom BMW R 18 by Shinya Kimura. And the latest in the SoulFuel collaborations is definitely unique and distinctive. And after riding a standard model in February 2021, it only took until the end of June for “The Wal” to be created, although mechanical problems took a couple more weeks to solve.

The Wal Custom BMW R 18 By Shinya Kimura
“The Wal” by Shinya Kimura

While elements like the suspension and brakes didn’t get changed, the fuel tank is longer for an extra gallon of fuel capacity, and to move the seating position further back towards the rear of the bike. The Kimura designed seat pad was handmade in a bucket style by Backdrop Leathers in Japan, with flowing lines over the lengthened tail unit round rear light.

The Wal tail
The Wal tail

“I also moved the foot rests back about two inches to have more flexibility for positioning the legs. At the same time, I lowered the handlebars and changed the seat,” said Kimura. And if you want to adopt a similar stance, you’ll need handelbars which are 8 inches narrower and 6 inches lower.

Wind protection on The Wal comes from the semi-shell fairing
Wind protection on The Wal comes from the semi-shell fairing

The purpose of the fairing may be practical, but the asymmetric headlights hark back to classic endurance racers. Meanwhile the lights and ‘teeth’ below give an appearance of a whale, or other marine animals. It’s complimented by the new side covers.

The Wal Custom BMW R 18 By Shinya Kimura
The Wal Custom BMW R 18 By Shinya Kimura

The whole bike was then given a special paint finish. The new panels and parts were hammered to give them texture and character, before being given a bronze powder coating. Which does echo the skin of a whale, as well as looking really cool, especially with the light and shadows creating changing constrasts all over the motorcycle. The exhaust was kept standard, but it did get some black paint to fit the look and style of the custom BMW R 18.

The Wal Custom BMW R 18 By Shinya Kimura
“The Wal”

“What I like best about my version of the R 18 is that I was able to change the style and seating position to my liking without destroying the excellent original functionality of the R 18. But drastically changing the seating position and adding my own style and taste was a big challenge in my interpretation of the BMW Heritage. Besides, all these computerised systems and wiring were quite new to me and I learned a lot,” says Kimura.

Kimura enjoying
Kimura enjoying “The Wal”

It’s definitely a very different approach and style to the previous Spirit of Passion custom BMW R 18 by Kingston Custom, as you’d expect from the father of “Zero Style” motorcycles and 30 years of custom motorcycle building in Japan and California. And the Chabott Engineering founder still follows the Japanese approach of wabi sabi (austere refinement).

You can keep up with all our coverage of new, custom and classic BMW motorcycles, here. Including the Wunderlich Rockbob R 18, or The Spirit of Passion R 18. Want to pick up a BMW R 18 and start customising it? Check out the selection currently for sale via eBay.

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New Evotech Performance BMW S 1000 R & Sport Accessories

The German muscle bike has been around since 2014, and has received a major update for 2021. So the naked all-rounder now comes with 165hp, and drops the weight to 199kg to improve the handling and performance. Which means the new Evotech Performance BMW S 1000 R and Sport accessories might come in rather handy.

New Evotech Performance BMW S 1000 R and Sport accessories for the 2021 modelsThe new 20201 Evotech Performance BMW S 1000 R and Sport Accessories include crash protectors
The new 20201 Evotech Performance BMW S 1000 R and Sport Accessories include crash protectors

You can also choose to protect your brake lever, clutch, or both with CNC-machined protector arms made from billet aluminim and stainless steel bar ends. The Evotech lever protector kits also feature airflow holes and deflector lines in the arms to prevent any problems with air turbulence and your grip on the handlebars. And everything is once again treated to black powder coating for durability. You can get the individual kits for the front brake or clutch at £99.98, or pick up a combined kit for £150.

The Evotech Performance Brake Protector Kit for the 2021 BMW S 1000 R and Sport models
The Evotech Performance Brake Protector Kit for the 2021 BMW S 1000 R and Sport models

As one of the few people who wants to completely ignore his mobile phone during a ride, the Sat Nav / Mobile Phone Mount isn’t for me. But if you need to stay connected or don’t enjoy occasionally getting lost you get a rigid mounting point which is pivot-lock adjustable with spaces and replacement stainless steel clamp bolts, an aluminium main bracket, and the ability to use the existing handlebar mounting clamps. And you can pick from five versions to get the right mounting types, with the Garmin, TomTom, Quad Lock, SP Connect and Ultimateadd ons ranging from £44.99 to £54.98.

Mount your phone or sat nav securely with the Evotech Performance mounts for the BMW S 1000 R and Sport
Mount your phone or sat nav securely with the Evotech Performance mounts for the BMW S 1000 R and Sport

Along with track day option of the Tail Unit Blanking Plate to keep your lights from damage, or the Rear Paddock Stand Bobbins for easier maintenance, an Evotech performance Footrest Blacking Plate Kit is also available.

This means you can ditch the pillion footpegs for track days, or if you prefer the look and don’t ever want to carry passengers. They come in black power coat for £31.49 and mean that once you’ve removed the rear pegs, you don’t end up with openings left for water and dirt to get into.

The Pillion Footrest Blanking Kit from Evotech Performance
The Pillion Footrest Blanking Kit from Evotech Performance

You can buy the parts directly via the Evotech Performance online shop. Keep up with all the latest BMW motorcycles news, classic examples and custom bikes, here. Obviously Evotech and other companies still cater for older models of the BMW S 1000 R, so you can adapt and improve secondhand bikes, with plenty on sale via eBay right now.

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Electric Police BMW CE 04 and F 900 XR Premiered

Two very different bikes have been adapted for law enforcement, with both an electric police BMW CE 04, and a more traditional F 900 XR both premiered as new models by the German manufactuter.

As an electric scooter, the BMW CE 04 is possbly the more notable of the duo. With the consumer model recently unveiled, it’s been a quickly converted for police operations in urban and metropolitan areas with a maximum power output of 41hp and a top speed of 120 km/h (74.5 mph). The battery has a range of around 130 kilometres, although there’s no research on how this is impacted when you add the special LED flashing lights at the front, the LED beacon at the rear, and a siren, along with an authorities case.

But it does mean the police might be able to sneak up on you with the minimum of noise, in the Eco, Rain or Road riding modes, and with Automatic Stability Contol, ABS and the opton of Dynamic Traction Control to help them handle most weather and road conditions.

The new electic police BMW CE 04 scooter
The new electic police BMW CE 04 scooter

The F 900 XR makes more traditional sense as a police bike, given that it’s a nimble tourer with a relaxed and upright riding position for long shifts in the sadle, and has a 105hp twin-cylinder inline 895cc engine which can propel the bike somewhere above 120mph. Plus it comes with all the equipment options for panniers, heated grips, GPS and electronic rider aids you’d expect from the German manufacturer.

The police-spec BMW F 900 XR
The police-spec BMW F 900 XR

BMW Motorrad produces a range of bikes which can be configured for the police, customs agencies, fire brigade or other uses, with the new CE 04 joining the R 1250 RT-P, the F 750GS-P and the F 850GS-P.

Keep an eye out for the new police BMW CE 04 electric scooter or XRF 900 XR in your mirrors...here. And you can always find ex-police BMW bikes for sale via a variety of places, including a surprising number available via eBay.

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