Just guessing here, but I bet Steve Culp didn’t color within the lines when he was in school. He probably drew in a few lines of his own, too, because this BMW S1000RR is one of those custom builds sure to rile up a few BMW purists. After all, the S1000RR is the sort of high performance flagship that makes the Beemer crowd puff their chest out and smile at the Teutonic wonder machine and then along comes Steve who takes it all apart and puts it back together using a few ideas of his own.
Steve considers this a streetfighter and it’s the result of his desire to have a more comfortable riding position than found on the race ready stocker. He also added styling cues from BMW’s past so we see the black paint with white stripes and the old style fenders. The fringed seat would look right at home on an old Harley or maybe an Indian Chief, though it fits this build, too, in an odd way. In fact, everything comes together a lot more smoothly than you would imagine possible if you had only looked at the bike beforehand while listening to Steve’s ideas.
The bike is filled with handmade pieces and includs a grab bag of parts from other bikes, too, including the hand rail on the seat from a 1930s Indian and the taillight from a 1920s era Buick.
Steve has a long history of building and flying his own airplanes and racing and repairing cars, not to mention having owned quite a few motorcycles, too. So, when the S1000RR came out, he was more than ready to reshape it into his own unique vision of a comfortable high performance ride.
Although some may turn up their nose at this repurposed BMW, if it makes Steve happy, he’s accomplished his purpose and after looking at it for a bit, I have to admit, I like it, too. Pretty neat. Nice work, Steve!