rolf reick of krautmotors is presenting a beastly BMW electric rebuild at this year’s pure&crafted festival in berlin — an event dedicated to the love of music and motorcycles. the custom-built bike is based on the BMW C evolution electric scooter — a powerful two-wheeler with an engine that guarantees immediate torque and a riding range of up to 99 miles. the krautmotors-modified cruiser features an origami-like frame made of folded material and an exposed chassis and rear wheel, revealing the monster motorcycle’s inner workings.

krautmotors BMW C evolution
all images courtesy of BMW motorrad

 

 

built from the ground up, krautmotors began by dismantling an existing BMW C evolution, removing its plastic frame, and re-mounting a geometric feature to its front end. reick removed the original casing and lowered the vehicle, taking out the shock absorbers to make it rigid. then, he installed a slick in the back and stub handlebars in the front, followed by the old-school casing, which only covers half of the scooter, leaving the other half bare. ‘you can see right away what it is: an e-bike,’ says reick. ‘this is a real reick scooter – rough, raw and unpolished.’

krautmotors BMW C evolution

 

 

the motorcycle is named ‘E-lisabad’ after reick’s grandmother, whose 1920s ‘cubic’ tea set by erik magnussen interestingly became a source of inspiration for the bike’s faceted façade. the two-wheeler’s big reveal as the pure&crafted signature bike 2017 will be followed by its presentation at the glemseck 101 festival in germany in early september.

krautmotors BMW C evolution

krautmotors BMW C evolution

krautmotors BMW C evolution

krautmotors BMW C evolution

krautmotors BMW C evolution

krautmotors BMW C evolution

krautmotors BMW C evolution

krautmotors BMW C evolution

krautmotors BMW C evolution

krautmotors BMW C evolution

krautmotors BMW C evolution
‘cubic coffee service’ by erik magnussen
image courtesy of RISD museum

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