YES, REALLY! A SNICKERS CANDY BAR, ACTUALLY!
There are countless stories on how a custom motorcycle was designed. It may have been drawn from inspiration, such as another bike, a mix of racing and cruiser bikes, or even..get this… a candy bar!
This was the case of this bike here. Odd it may seem, it was inspired by the colors of a Snickers wrapper. The motorcycle in question is a BMW R NineT, a fine looking bike to begin with.
Onehandmade Customs, an up-and-coming workshop from Taipei is responsible for this mechanical creature. The man behind Onehandmade is inscrutable, mostly thanks to the language barrier. Most people call him “Chun”, but he tells us that the closest English pronunciation of his name rhymes with “Queen.”
What we are certain of is, he’s the go-to guy for all of Rough Crafts‘ bodywork. Incidentally, he has only partial use of his right hand after an unfortunate accident. And he likes chocolate bars containing nougat, caramel and peanuts. Snickers. Makes sense, right?
Chun also builds damn beautiful motorcycles.
The story of ‘Snickers BMW’ started when the owner dropped it off at Chun’s workshop, perplexed on what design he wanted.“He had no idea how to start this project,” Chun tells us. “He said he just ‘wanted a Onehandmade bike.’”
Chun started at picking the color, and made his way up from there, and let his imagination run wild from there. “I like Snickers chocolate,” he explains, “So I wanted to use the candy brown color of this kind of chocolate.”
Soon, more ideas flowed out. “I was hoping to build the bike with a huge gas tank, and a skinny rear by contrast. And the tail light would be hidden under the seat.”
Chun’s has been known as a perfectionist, hammering sheetmetal until he gets the desired shape. In fact, the aluminum fuel tank took two attempts to get just right. It’s shaped to house a Motogadget dash, and is sporting a exquisite Rough Crafts gas cap.
He nailed the tail section first time, but it’s no less impressive. The taillight is all LED, but with an upside-down ‘U’ entrenched in the back and is not visible when turned off.
Up front, there’s a hand-shaped number board, driven by two H3 fog lights.
Attached to the high-rise bars are comfy Motogadget grips and bar-end turn signals, and the required Brembo controls. Chun also fitted MX-style foot pegs from MS Pro, along with chunky but beautiful Pirelli Scorpion Rally tires.
The stock R nineT packs a fair punch. Chun’s is undoubtedly a a little different though, more staccato because of K&N filters and a GPR exhaust system.
It’s a striking bike in the bare metal, but the paint is what really sets it apart in the cycle universe. Sprayed by Incross Custom Art, the deep glossy brown is interspersed by gold-leaf pinstripes.
It looks yummy, but I prefer to ride it, if the owner is foolish enough to let me!
Condensed from http://www.bikeexif.com/
Images by JL Photography