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"Where did your spaceship land?“
man in his mid-fifties shakes his Schuberth flip-up
helmeted head, befitting his station in disbelief.
"Could you please move over for a second? I
have to take a closer look on this bike -- is it
really a BMW?“ Five minutes later his perfect
motorcycle world has finally collapsed when I told
him that I was actually sitting on a BMW GS just like
He probably continued to shake his
head for another hour when I spurred the silver-black
bike again and the two-cylinder boxer engine plunged
itself again into the thousand curves of the Black
Forest, orchestrated by the greedy slurping of the
two small open air filters and the deep grumbling of
the shortened standard exhaust system.
Yes, this absolutely isn’t a one-man
Starfighter that was launched from a starship -- it really
did start life as a totally stolid BMW R 1100 GS.
Klaus Beutler is
the man behind this project. Normally he is running
a paint shop and among bikers in Germany and in the
adjoining properties – since his hometown Görwihl is
just a few minutes away from Switzerland and about
an hour to drive from Austria – he is one of the
best places to go for special paint jobs.
The 40-year old doesn’t really
know or doesn’t want to remember how he happened to
buy his conservative Enduro-Tourer motorcycle back in
1998. Before this decision Beutler’s garage was
rather occupied by Japanese bikes from the legendary
Kawasaki Z1 up to the current superbikes.
"But you quickly learn to estimate
the virtues of a GS on the narrow and curvy roads in
our region. You will even rarely find a rider of a
modern superbike who can leave you behind with this
170 hp rocket”, the master smiles.
One day back in the year 2000
Klaus Beutler had some difference of opinion with a
pensioner regarding the right of way, and that is
the design of the BMW GS. Since a motorcycle
painter also has to work on damaged bodywork every day, it
didn’t take long until the R 1100 GS was repaired
again, and as a side effect he also modified it a bit
in a quite subtle way.
With this first conversion, he
developed a taste for it and since he
needed a show bike anyway for his different
appearances at motorcycle shows to promote his Carbonlook paint jobs, he started to think about how
to turn his Enduro into a unique eye-catcher with a
very innovative "Streetfighter" look.
There were some strange UFO sightings
recorded at this time, but maybe the famous Black
Forest beer lent a hand in the development, along
with many meetings with his pal Peter
Stoll, who is distributing Streetfighter parts under
the name MEGATEC.
Although they have strayed from the
path of virtue at BMW with motorcycles such as the K
1200 R or the HP2 Megamoto over the past few years, I
am sure that even the wildest concepts of the BMW
designers for the bike of the year 2020 are
comparatively conventional in contrast to this bike.
Klaus Beutler started with a plain
white sheet of paper, and also with lots
of moulding foam, filler, a pile of fiberglass mats
and epoxy resin.
Some original parts were thrown in
the dustbin immediately. The high standard front
fender isn’t wanted on the FUTURE BMW just as little
as the standard fuel tank cover or the standard
saddle including its auxiliary frame which is
exchanged for a much shorter self-made construction.
Passenger footrests are equally pointless – the
black knight of apocalypse rides alone into the
street café. The massive enduro-style tire didn’t suit the
constructor’s plan either, nor did the huge 19-inch
standard front wheel. And toss the lamps and
all around, along with the upright stock instruments,
haven’t been the favorite choice of the customizer.
As a result, the former enduro stood
quite naked in Beutler’s workshop, who meanwhile had
quite an exact idea how his BMW should look like in
the future. Futuristic and aggressive – this
philosophy characterizes the face of the former GS.
Future BMW - wBW
Lightbox - Click photo to view.
The handlebar cover design, which includes the
handlebar and the new digital cockpit, takes after
the skull of a bull we have seen thousand times in
western movies and that certainly isn’t by change. The two tiny ellipsoid headlights, one coming from
a Ferrari F50, gives the bike this special kind of
Star Trek look in the rear view mirrors of the bike in
front of you, which clears the road ahead.
BMW-typical Telelever front wheel suspension also
got a new suit and looks quite technical due to its
carbon-look and brushed aluminum finish. It is even hard
for experts to reveal that these parts are made from
Behind that the bike hunches its
shoulders that even the hunchback of Notre Dame
would be proud of. The Monocoque-style unit from
fuel reservoir cover and tiny saddle, which has got
such a strange design, that it looks like it would
like to take the rider’s butt into a loving grip,
isn’t only very special due to its hemispherical
shape but especially due to its tasteful combination
of – you’ve guessed it – carbon and gleaming
The two small rear lights round
out the design language of the front section while
the two-tone fenders front and rear are more or less
an alibi. The rear mudguard perfectly
matches the whole design due to its inspiration
taken from the bike’s standard single-arm swingarm.
The aggressive look is
finished by the spoiler fitted below the engine.
Of course the conversion also
contains special wheels and it was quite helpful
that BMW uses a modular wheel system for
their motorcycles. The 3.5Jx17 and 6Jx17 rims with
120/70 ZR 17 and 180/55 ZR 17 tires come from
the strong-as-an-ox K 1200 S.
Before BMW owners run to their dealer to ask
for a set of ultra-light Carbon wheels like this for their
bike, they should know that the remarkably real
high-tech look of the rims on the FUTURE BMW isn’t
a result of the super-light carbon material, but
from the paint shop of Klaus Beutler. This
finish is also available for all cast alloy wheels of
other motorcycle manufacturers.
"The 1,085 cc two-cylinder boxer
remained basically unchanged, but for a
better sound I have adapted the open air filters and
got the standard exhaust system made shorter",
Beutler explained; he should know, as he invested about 900 working
hours into his jewel. The exhaust wrap on the
headers give the bike an even more angry
In a time when the 200 hp barrier
already been touched by some bikes, the 80 HP of
a R 1100 GS doesn't sound too impressive, but if you
ever made a trip across the Alps you will know that
it is pretty tough to follow any BMW with
an experienced rider.
The absolute ease of maneuverability is certainly
lost a bit because of the change to the wider low
profile tires. And in the
much lower and wider handlebar makes the biggest
disadvantage of the BMW Telelever front suspension
even more noticeable: The rider would certainly
appreciate a better feedback from the front
But this becomes a matter of
habit, just like the handlebar cover which moves with the bar and which also houses the instruments.
But the uniqueness generated by the FUTURE BMW is
simply fascinating. The boxer engine makes lots of
fun with its enormous propulsion power and it
doesn’t matter that the bike doesn’t run faster than
about 200 km/h.
Nevertheless you shouldn’t underestimate 80 horsepower
on two wheels: With an acceleration time of about
four seconds from 0 - 100 km/h you are on the same
level like a current Porsche 911 turbo.
But the road performance is of minor importance on such a bike. Its
is always confronted with astonished looks and
countless repeated questions. And for all
this, you'll need a good measure of self-confidence
mixed with a shot of exhibitionism and a
In the end the investment of
12,000 Euros for the conversion alone plus the
17,000 Euros that are required to get a new R 1200
GS released from the dealer’s showroom are all it
takes. Then you can sit behind
the handlebar of one of the most extraordinary bikes
of our time – the applause at the street café is
guaranteed. Just like the impeccable quality of the
conversion. Klaus Beutler doesn’t only seem to be
great painter but also a great customizer.
Beam me up, Scotty!
Air/oil cooled two-cylinder
four-valve BMW boxer engine
99 x 70.5 mm
80 hp at 6,800 rpm.
Max. torque 97 Nm at 5,300 rpm
Modified Beutler Design
2-in-1 exhaust system, open sport air
Five-speed manual gearbox,
Telelever front wheel suspension with
Beutler Design plastic cover, single-arm swing arm
rear with single suspension strut
BMW K 1200 S
light alloy cast wheels with Beutler Design Carbon
look paint. Dimensions 3.5Jx17 front with 120/70 ZR
17 Michelin tire; 6Jx17 rear with 180/55 ZR 17
Two-rotor disc brake front
with four-pot calipers and floating 305 mm
One-rotor disc brake rear with two-pot calliper
and 276 mm brake disc
Beutler Design FUTURE BMW body styling kit
with front mask including handlebar cover with
integrated direction indicators and instruments. Monocoque with fuel reservoir cover and single-seater
saddle, two ellipsoid headlights for passing light
and high beam, two mini direction indicators rear
and two rear lights for driving and brake light. Bow
Beutler Design special
paint, Combination Carbon-Look and brushed
0 - 100 km/h approx. 4.0 seconds
Max. speed approx. 200 km/h
Approx. 12,000 Euros for the
bodywork and owner's BMW R 1200 GS.
New complete motorcycle, based on new BMW R
1200 GS, approx. 29,000 Euros.
Beutler Design, Hauptstr. 34, D-79733
Görwihl, Germany, Tel: +49 / (0) 77 54 / 75 11, 70