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Impressions of the BMW Willoughby 65 from VTR Customs.

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Satisfied smile: Marcello really breathed life into the R65.

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Japanese flat slide instead of Bing are the icing on the cake.

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Also at home on the beach in Biarritz: the "65" from Switzerland.

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A wolf in sheep’s clothing thanks to the sporty intensification.

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A little beast hides behind the romantic facade.

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As VTR mechanic Marcello assures us, “it hangs brutally on the gas and sometimes hits the rear wheel."

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The list of little specialties goes on almost endlessly with this bike.

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For example, a hand-engraved fish hook in the tank cap.

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Or the braided brake levers.

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Classic round headlights with a yellowish front bring back old memories.

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A paddle on one…

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…an old fishing rod on the other side. Both held by leather straps do credit to the idyllic surface of the Willoughby.

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Even if nobody needs a Brat-style bike for the trip to the boat shed, it looks like it belongs right here.

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Because with the unsalable Sixty-Five, the day on board a fishing boat has never been so exciting.

BMW Willoughby 65 from VTR Customs (2018)

Unsaleable BMW conversion

What do we have on the leash? A small BMW that swam with the flow for a long time, but now chases through the country like a wild predator? Exactly! This BMW R65 from VTR Customs is pretty schizophrenic.

HHollywood star Rock Hudson looks damn good when he takes on women in the mid-1960s in the role of Roger Willoughby. The comedy "A goldfish on a leash" stylizes the reasonably talented angler as a victim of lovable women. One can hardly believe the grotesque to the music of Henry Mancini. But the romantically transfigured game with roles and stereotypes is entertaining – just like this film-inspired BMW. She calls herself “Willoughby 65” and thus draws attention to Dani Weidmann. He was born in 1965 and owns an impressive motorcycle shop on beautiful Lake Zurich. Not yesterday’s American macho, more of a Swiss lateral thinker. Dani and his team at VTR Customs are known for pointed boxer conversions. But his Willoughby is different. Because: It is not for sale. A rare attribute where you can earn good money nowadays with such fine unique items. Dani doesn’t care because the 1982 R65 was tailored to his body. You don’t give something like that. After the transformation, his bike has 850 pistons, Keihin flat slide carburetors, revised heads, a special exhaust, Öhlins dampers, a slim rear with leather saddle, hand-drawn decorations.

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BMW Willoughby 65 from VTR Customs (2018)
Unsaleable BMW conversion

From mild motorcycle to predatory ripper

The list of little specialties goes on and on on this detail-obsessed bike. They transform the mild motorcycle into a predatory ripper, but you can hardly tell by its viciousness. Because idyllic romance dominates on the surface. Leather straps hold an old fishing rod to the frame. Across the street, the small paddle makes you think of lapping afternoons on the lake. A hand-engraved fish hook in the fuel filler cap and tied brake levers call out a lively "Petri Heil" to the driver.


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Also at home on the beach in Biarritz: the "65" from Switzerland.

But behind the deep blue, the worn bench and the completely ambition-free Firestone rubbers hides a little beast. The R65 has milled RRT notches, a radial brake pump, manifolds inspired by racing and has a very short translation. Together with the most slimmed-down dimensions and the performance of the engine, "the thing hangs brutally on the gas and sometimes goes on the rear wheel", as VTR mechanic Marcello assures us with a grin. Just like the seemingly unsuspecting Roger Willoughby, you can hardly tell by looking at the machine’s dirty fantasies. A wolf in sheep’s clothing. However, to stay in the picture: a fully grown predatory fish in the scales of a herring. Of course, nobody needs a conversion in the trendy brat style to drive to the boat shed. But the lowered BMW is a statement. It shows you that the day on board a fishing boat is never as exciting as in the saddle of the Sixty-Five. In line with this, the original English-language of the Rock Hudson film asks the question of "Man’s Favorite Sport?" The VTR Willoughby 65 is a crystal clear answer.

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