Neo retro racer: Ares Bullet

Created to offer enhanced riding pleasure, the Ares Bullet for BMW R NineT has a smoother, yet more responsive riding experience, making the eye-catching bike ideal for short trips and long-distance journeys.

While the bike sports the standard suspension layout, Ares designers incorporated a fully adjustable shock absorber spring to the rear. This permits the rider to switch on, or off, the spring reload and release, allowing them to maximise the Bullet’s engaging handling characteristics.

Drawing its style inspiration from past racers, the Ares Bullet for BMW R NineT sports a typically sharp fairing with an integrated LED headlight.

The striking livery connects the front fairing with the tank and side faring while, underneath the engine, a small carbon spoiler wraps around the exhaust manifolds. While acting as a heat shield, this also adds a final flourish of colour and detail to the underside of the bike. The tank sports black leather knee pads with yellow stitching detail, which is carried through onto the saddle.


The bike’s powerhouse, the 1170cc twin-cylinder boxer engine, remains the same as the donor bike save for the air intake box, which has been removed. In its place are two open conical sport filters, which, along with the remapped ECU, gives the ARES Bullet an all-new and distinctive intake sound, differentiating it from the donor bike.

The Ares Bullet is equipped with a custom-built 2-in-2 exhaust system, designed to accommodate the heat shields and finished in matt black.

To accommodate the new retro-styled tail, which houses the bike’s ECU, the saddle housing sits 4cm higher which, coupled with low-slung handlebars and newly positioned foot pegs, enables the rider to enjoy a sportier riding position.

All new structures (fairing, tail, tank) have been designed by Ares Centro Stile and are made of carbon fibre. All leather components are handmade by the company’s in-house craftsmen, while Ares’ paint department applied the fully customisable and eye-catching livery.

The Ares Bullet for BMW R NineT will be made to order in a limited series of just 25 motorcycles. The order book is now open with delivery two months from order. Come in the beautiful world of Ares.

Arestorque – Ares Café Racer, a new one-off two-wheeled creation by Ares Design

Is it possible to have a customised version of a motorbike already customised?! Well, when we talk about an Ares creation, of course, yes!

As is often the way it all started with a particular request from one of their customers. Already a proud owner of an Ares Scrambler for BMW R nineT, he wanted the Italian coachbuilder to create a sportier road-oriented version of the Scrambler, which could be use for his trips to the California hills, with the option to take some luggage for the weekend.

The Ares Centro Stile and R&D Department set to work on the design and as you can see, produced a unique and beautiful creation, a truly bespoke one-off Ares Café Racer for BMW R nineT that is inspired by the legendary racing bikes of the 1960s.

The starting point was the BMW R nineT itself, with the aesthetic and mechanical changes already present on the ARES Scrambler. The new tank and the mudguards, handmade in carbon fibre and painted by the craftsmen of the Modena factory, along with the characteristic rear double swingarm and double side shock absorbers.

However, this is where the common points with the Scrambler stopped and Ares styling commenced. The wide off-road handlebars are replaced with a pair of sportier clip-on bars. While the front end is perfected by a new LED headlight and a carbon fibre aerodynamic deflector, it is the rear where the most radical changes are found.

The Café Racer is equipped with a new single-seat unit, upholstered in handmade leather and topped with a cover akin to racing bikes of yesteryear. On either side of which is the custom-made frame that can hold two panniers and has space for a blanket or sleeping bag – perfect for a weekend getaway!

From a technical perspective, the Café Racer features the mechanical refinements already present on the Scrambler. Still this time around, the 1170cc two-cylinder boxer engine is equipped with a retro-designed stainless steel 2-in-2 exhaust system with two conical air filters. Along with a new set of street-oriented tyres specifically designed for maximum riding pleasure on the curvy roads of the American coast!

The Café Racer is a motorbike conceived and built for fun, born from the fantasy of an enthusiast, and it is to realize these fantasies and these requests that ARES was born.

Come into the beautiful world of Ares Design, Engineers of Emotions.

Zillers’ Garage Aviation-Inspired R NineT is outlandish and memorable, and a great reminder that we need builders that are willing to throw convention out the window.

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There’s a special place in the custom motorcycle scene for motorcycles that eschew practicality, in order to push boundaries. Dmitry Golubchikov – an AMD Championship winner – of Russia’s Zillers Garage has taken motorcycle craftsmanship to a whole new level with his latest R Nine T, commissioned by none other than BMW Motorrad Russia itself, this stunner mixes some old-school sci-fi nostalgia with modern features.

Zillers’ R nineT is outlandish and memorable, and a great reminder that we need builders that are willing to throw convention out the window. Gaze in awe at this customized 2016 BMW R nineT by Dmitry Golubchikov of Zillers Garage. The hand-formed aluminum bodywork is the most striking feature of this build

Spending 10 months building custom parts for the motorcycle from head to toe, pretty much all its components have been replaced, except for the motor, the final drive arm, and just part of the original frame. Aside from the boxer cylinder heads on protruding on either side of the bike, the entire bodywork has been hand-formed with aluminium, carrying a design inspired by aviation.

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The arc built above the handlebars double as a functional cockpit, holding a Motogadget Motoscope Mini speedo and other controls, while the tail end holds a sliding storage compartment with an integrated phone charger. Most impressing, however, is the way the bike parks: when not in use, the bike stands completely upright, resting on the lower belly pan. Once you start the bike up, a pneumatic system lifts up the entire bike when you’re ready to go.

Zillers built the entire system from scratch – from turning the pneumatic cylinders, all the way to creating the control mechanism. The system runs inside the forks at the front, and with a revised shock linkage at the back. Between the body kit and the hydraulics, it’s already an impressive build. But Dmitry’s in the habit of paying attention to every last detail – so this BMW has some sweet trim too. The machined aluminum wheels are fully custom; 18” units designed to resemble turbines.

Dmitry also fabricated a stainless steel two-into-one exhaust system, which snakes into the bodywork before emerging in a single muffler on the left. The bulges on each side of the main fuselage hide twin 3D-printed air boxes, kitted out with car air filters.

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No sidestand, here. The bike sits flat on its bellypan and then uses a pneumatic system to raise it up into riding position

The outlandish design is complemented by a muted monochrome paint job. Everything wears the same shade of grey – from the body, through to the fork legs, engine and wheels. It’s accented only by subtle pin striping in a lighter grey. A set of oversized BMW roundels add the only glint of color.

There’s no information on whether this custom R NineT will ultimately be for sale, but those who are interested in Zillers Garage’s work can head over to its Instagram page.

Images by Vlad Klepach.