I’m pretty sure the name Goodwood arouses positive associations in anyone slightly interested in combustion engines. Goodwood, whether one is talking about the Festival of Speed or the Revival, can surely be classified as one of the most important motoring events in the world. So if you decide to name your next custom bike project after this event, you’re obliged to deliver something worth that name. A quick glimpse at the picture above confirms; okay, works for me.
Daniel Weidmann and his colleagues from VTR Customs, subsidiary of Swiss BMW-Dealer Stucki 2 Rad, came home from Goodwood with pictures of the 30ies Blower Bentleys in their minds. They wanted to build a bike inspired by these Bentley’s brushed alloy parts, their typical wire mesh radiator grilles, the brown leather and the British Racing Green paint scheme. On the other hand, they didn’t want to hide the edgy, aggressive style of the BMW R1200R, already selected as donor bike. Daniel had something light and nimble, with a sporty tail and wide shoulders in mind. He wanted a bike reminding onlookers of a charging bull.
Thus, VTR Customs started to shape the aluminum tail. After one and a half week of work solely for this part, the headlight fairing, the front fender and two tank-covers were shaped out of the same material.
The engine as well as the gearbox and the drivetrain were left untouched knowing that these parts didn’t need any upgrades. The same goes for the black anodized stock upside-down forks and the rear shocks. A set of 17 inch bespoke Kineo spoke wheels were painted in brown and fitted with Michelin Power Cup tires. Same as for the engine and the chassis, no upgrade for the stock brakes was needed.
The exhaust is provided by Unit Garage while a titan Akrapovic header was modified and fitted to the bike. The open-cut K&N filters are made in-house and street legal in Switzerland. LSL Café Vario bars, Magura levers, a Rizoma fuel cap as well as a brown leather seat made in cooperation with Yves Knobel complete the picture.
The British Racing Green paint is made by Freuler in Benken while Johanna Vogelsang applies the lettering and logos with a steady hand.
The Goodwood 12 caused quite a stir at the Swiss Motorbike show in February so Jörg Litzenburger, organizer of the Glemseck 101, nominated the bike for the new ESSENZA class at Glemseck later this year. There, the bike will compete as one of only a few privateer bikes besides motorcycles from the big wigs of the industry.
In order to make a good show and result, famous Swiss racing women Sabine Holbrook will give it the beans at Glemseck’s famous sprint races.
VTR Customs will further improve the bike, for instance with more aluminum parts and an integrated speedo in the gas tank. After Glemseck, the bike can be yours for the sum of 43.000CHF. If you start tightening your belt right now and skip a few (or maybe a lot) pints you might be able to put this beauty in your garage.
Go and take a look at Miss Holbrook’s website too, you might find interesting stories and pictures to look at.
Pictures: PHOTOCAB.ch / Andi Margadant