Customized BMW R 18 build by BMW Motorcycles of Riverside from Riverside, California

As an authorized BMW dealer, BMW Motorcycles of Riverside proudly serves the Riverside area of the of Southern California as a resource for motorcyclists of all types. With access to some of California’s great areas for adventure motorcycling and a passionate connection to the R nineT enthusiasts in the area, BMW Motorcycles of Riverside is well know for hosting rides and track days.

Building the Fernweh customized R 18 as an entry for the BMW Motorrad International 2023 Customizing Championship was a natural fit. This customized R 18 brings together bobber style with a sense of the high desert home where it was customized. The name of "Fernweh” is from the German word meaning literally "far sickness.”  The closest direct translation in English is "wanderlust," which was inspired by the builder’s state of mind while in the midst of this rebuild. This custom R 18 features accessories with quite a bit of custom fabrication and finishes, giving it the feeling of coming out of the desert in a post-apocalyptic world.  

Check out the photos of the Fernweh from BMW of Riverside below. 


The name of "Fernweh” is from the German word meaning literally "far sickness."


Rodney R. – BMW Motorcycles of Riverside

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