Back in the 1930s, Orley Ray Courtney added some gorgeous bodywork to a Henderson KJ and created the rather sensuous Henderson Streamline. Whether or not it was practical, it was definitely beautiful. It also inspired quite a few builders over the years to try their hand at streamlining later motorcycles into a version of Courtney’s vision. We pointed out one attempt based on a Honda Gold Wing over ten years ago. It’s difficult to get the proportions right, but some builders come pretty close.
Nmoto, based in Miami Gardens, Florida and previously the builder of the Nostalgia, a swoopy remake of the BMW R7 prototype and built around a BMW R nineT, has now created a body kit for the BMW C400X scooter and it’s a work of art in its own right.
The 350cc scooter comes with ABS and ASC (Automatic Stability Control), 6.5-inch TFT display, heated seat and grips, Brembo disc brakes and lots more, but after adding this body kit, you also get a trip back in time.
This retro look on a modern bike reminds me of the Whitehouse CB750 kit for the CB1100, except in this case, it’s more of an homage than a recreation.
Kits start at $12,490. As I write this, there’s a 2019 BMW C400X scooter for sale at $5980, brand new they’re something around $7K, so the whole package isn’t cheap, but I like it, a lot. If you’re into scooters or you just like the look, you might want to check it out.