This year’s top marquee event in Monaco is where BMW unveiled a new custom helicopter motorcycle. Built as a single project in partnership with Radikal Chopper, the R18 Magnifica is an almost complete hand-built mix of old and new themes. Its designer, Andrea Radailli, was on hand to break her vision for this stunning bike.
The tempting part of the Top Marques Monaco event is all the luxury items at hand. The R18 Magnifica is a great example of this because it combines a custom frame and mahogany wood, brass and aluminum. Billet aluminum wheel.
Radaelli wanted to emulate BMW’s classic motorcycles of the past. And he looked back to bikes from the 1920s, 30s and 40s to announce this final design. He says bikes from the era when BMW introduced the classic R37 “have an incredible charm that many modern motorbikes still can’t replicate.”
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One of the few surfaces not made by hand is the billet aluminum wheel but they even give off a hand-carved appearance. Brake discs and calipers are entirely custom components designed specifically for this build.
Despite the stunning old-school look, the running gear is almost entirely stock R18 which means it should be ridden as a new bike. During the construction process, the motorbike lost about 220 pounds (100 kg). Which is about one-third of the total weight of the original bike. It weighs scales at just 551 pounds (250 kg).
This is not the first time that a trio of Radley, Radical Chopper and BMW Motorrad have come together. In 2020, they teamed up to create a similar retro-modern chopper motorcycle called the Ad Maiora. That bike won the Motor Bike Expo MBE Award for Best Custom Motorcycle at the show. We feel that it would not be too much of a problem for Magnificer to replicate that success.
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