Their 15th build pushes the envelope to the breaking point. It‘s a 2016-model BMW R nineT with hand-formed metalwork, 3D-printed parts, and bodywork that opens via remote control. All because their client asked; “I would like to have the best motorcycle you‘ve ever done.”
Given the level of metalwork needed for this job, Vagabund collaborated with one of the best in the business: the enigmatic craftsman Bernard Naumann, who works under the alias Blechmann. As a nod to Blechmann, they’ve even named the bike after the loose English translation of his handle: ‚Tin Man.‘
There‘s nothing off-the-shelf here: Vagabund designed everything from the aluminum hinges, to the 3D-printed housing for the remote. Extra touches include perforated leather on the seat, and a built-in credit card wallet and Leatherman pouch under it. Everything sits atop a custom subframe.
A custom-built remote control triggers a latch, which releases the upper layer, which slides up and back on hydraulic shocks. Underneath is a laundry list of custom goodness, starting with a Motogadget dash that‘s visible through an acrylic window in the cover when the whole thing is closed, but lifts up on its own hinge when it‘s open.
Vagabund kept the final livery on ‚Tin Man‘ dead simple. The outer layer of bodywork was wrapped in a Mercedes ‚Selenite Grey Magno‘ by the painter Grundmann, but the inner layer was simply clear coated, to emphasize the work done.