Racer goes club style.

LA Speed Shop turns nineT upside down.

When it comes to choppers and bobbers, Chris Richardson from the LA Speed Shop is one of the most capable and well-known customizers in the USA. He has completely revamped the style of a BMW R nineT Racer custom bike build inspired by the California club style.

A hint of club style.

A hint of club style.

The bar is high. Chris Richardson unpacks the BMW R nineT Racer in his workshop and wonders "How can I make the bike look better than it already does?" Chris proceeds systematically to create the Soulfuel bike. He takes everything off the bike, leaving just the frame with engine and wheels in front of him. Taking one step back considers the Racer and everything he would like to rebuild or change.

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Profile description

Bike

Los Angel Flyer

Shop

LA Speed Shop

Customizer

Chris Richardson

Construction/ conversion

2018/2019

Category

Cafe Racer / Club Style Bike

"
When you look at my bike you want to do burnouts and wheelies down the street.
"

Chris Richardson

LA Speed Shop

A slim Bavarian bike in US style.

Chris mostly customizes American cruisers. This influence will rub off on the Bavarian two-cylinder. The club style serves as a source of inspiration – the higher handlebars, panels, and raised footrest made popular by motorcycle clubs in California. Chris is a minimalist and most enjoys creating slim, streamlined bikes. To realize his vision for this bike, he has to modify the tank of the R nineT Racer extending the lower section of the tank so that it matches the streamlined shape.

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New look with new parts.

New look with new parts.

Chris makes a major change to the back of the bike with the fender from a Harley-Davidson and a strut he built himself. In the front he uses the front fork of an Urban G/S and 19" front wheel. Last but not least, he changes the look by placing the headlights higher. Fiberglass trim as well as the seat from JP Custom Seats highlight the new look of this club style bike.

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Customizer leaves his comfort zone.

Customizer leaves his comfort zone.

When customizing bikes, Chris dares to create new things and think in different directions. "I had to leave my comfort zone because I usually do traditional customization jobs Harleys. This project means a great deal to me. I am very thankful to have this opportunity to modify a BMW", explains Chris. "As a customizer, I have the unique chance to create my own interpretation of the R nineT Racer. And this conversion has given me a new perspective on other motorcycle manufacturers."

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The customer's opinion counts.

Chris makes no secret that he prefers to be in his workshop. "Sometimes I'm in my workshop for 12, 13 hours." He has no employees, so he takes care of the things that need done himself. Chris manufactures parts and takes care of the all the mechanical parts in the engine. He is a customizer and repair shop at the same time. And he listens to his customers, philosophizes and discusses his work with them. "For me, it's not about hurrying, just checking off a project and forgetting it." With each order, Chris creates a special relationship with his modifications. It takes about five months to completely redesign the R nineT Racer.

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The Bike in Detail

Frame

Series

Bodywork

Modified tank; Seat shell: fiberglass from the LA Speed Shop; Seat cushion: JP Custom Seats; Rear mudguard: Harley Davidson FXR; Mudguard strut: LA Speed Shop; Side trim: LA Speed Shop; Front trim: modified

Front suspension

Fork and 19" front wheel of the R nineT Urban G/S; Handlebar: LA Speed Shop

Rear suspension

Series

Exhaust

End cap: Thunderheader exhaust system

FREE TIME, FAMILY, AND DEADLINES

Chris has been tinkering with engines since he was a boy. "Luckily I had a father and grandfather who helped me, showed me a lot, and encouraged me", remembers the customizer today. He spends his free time repairing cars, enduros, and other bikes in the family garage. After getting married and moving into his own home, he still spends most of his time working on projects – but this time in his own garage. Then he takes a risk and founds his own company that customizes motorcycles. He apparently made the right decision. The business is expanding as Chris wins awards at major motorcycle shows and attracts attention. "I can do what I love, even if the deadlines are crazy and the work days long."

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