If it wasn’t for the large logos that run the size of this creation, we wouldn’t have picked it for an Auto Fabrica construct at first look. However the nearer you look, the extra you see the English workshop’s DNA in every single place. It’s additionally the primary time they’ve custom-made a bonafide enduro bike—so this undertaking was by no means going to be delicate.
Designated the ‘Kind 17,’ the construct was commissioned by a shopper who advised the Auto Fabrica brothers, Bujar and Gaz Muharremi, to “go nuts.” Sifting via archived designs with their shopper, Bujar and Gaz had been delighted when he selected one in all their extra excessive ideas. It had initially been penned for a KTM enduro, however the shopper wished one thing extra unconventional—so that they settled on a 2009-model BMW G450X.
So far as enduro machines go, the G450X is fascinating. Constructed throughout a time when BMW owned Husqvarna, its short-lived manufacturing solely ran from 2008 to 2011. Brimming with unconventional design, some points struck a chord—and sure parts are actually frequent amongst European off-road bikes.
The G450X’s 449 cc single-cylinder engine is angled forwards by 30 levels, and the crankshaft rotates backwards, due to a drive-basket clutch setup. The airbox takes up the house the place a traditional gasoline tank can be, so the gasoline cell is nestled between the subframe rails below the seat. We advised you it was bizarre.
Slightly than throw these quirky components away, Bujar and Gaz determined to include them flawlessly into their design. In order that they left all of the whacky BMW engineering in place, and received began on their specialty: bodywork. With the bike stripped down, CAD (cardboard-aided design on this case) was used extensively to develop the idea.
As soon as they had been pleased with the mockup, Auto Fabrica hand-made the brand new bodywork from aluminum. Designed to work with the manufacturing unit suspension, it flows so nicely you’d assume it was an idea bike from a serious producer.
The G450X nonetheless resembles a dust bike, however that aesthetic has been elevated, with a vibe that blends natural and mechanical components. Giant aspect panels channel air into the radiator, then taper in direction of the slim tail part, similar to a traditional enduro bike.
This additionally leads your eye in direction of one of many bike’s extra uncommon design components—the seat. Or fairly, the seat cowl. Utilizing a intelligent latch system, it pops off to disclose an opulent seat that wouldn’t look misplaced on a rally race bike.
“We took the preliminary design that we’d proven our shopper, and began creating that over the brand new donor bike,” explains Bujar. “The design aesthetic from the start was a ‘mono-body’ setup. We stored drawing the aspect profile totally enclosed, with out a seat or a dip the place the seat can be, and liked the look.”
“I used to be tremendous conceptual, however weirdly, it made sense. That is the place the concept for the seat cowl got here from; why not have a canopy for the bike that, when parked, is full? Like a automotive has a door to disclose the inside.”
Admittedly it’s not probably the most sensible association. But it surely’s actually simply there for show functions, and the bike appears simply nearly as good with out it.
“We’re tremendous happy with how this turned out,” says Bujar. “It provides the bike two personalities, each extra vibrant than I assumed they’d be. A lot so, that a number of our future ideas are adopting this seat concept.”
Traditional Dakar Rally bikes had been additionally the inspiration behind the colour scheme and graphics. The brothers admit that vibrant colours and daring graphics are exterior of their often remit, however the daring design completely enhances the bodywork.
An LED headlight is tucked away contained in the ‘fairing,’ which additionally hides built-in LED indicators. Behind the entrance cowl sits a customized stainless-steel handlebar that ties into the angular look of the bike. Eagle-eyed readers will spot the Highsider LED taillights, neatly hidden on both aspect of the subframe.
It wouldn’t be an Auto Fabrica particular with out a customized exhaust. For the Kind 17, the fellows sand-bent the headers by hand, however used a three-piece association as a substitute of their signature single-piece swept design. A box-style muffler is ingeniously blended into the rear fender, impressed by the Ducati Desmosedici.
“Kind 17 was a number of enjoyable to construct,” says Bujar. “We actually wished to create one thing distinctive and attention-grabbing, and introduce new concepts to the motorbike world which we’re completely happy about.”
Should you discover the Kind 17 as intriguing as we do, watch this house. Auto Fabrica intends to make extra—however they’ll base them on KTM or GasGas donors, and can seemingly construct the bodywork out of carbon fiber.
If that is what they will do with a dust bike, picture what they may do with an journey bike.