Maverick: A Top Gun-inspired BMW R18 from Portugal

Designing a movie-themed motorcycle is risky business. They usually turn out gaudy and gimmicky, with little appeal beyond the mere novelty of the idea. But this custom BMW R18 from Portugal’s Rusty Wrench Motorcycles bucks that trend spectacularly.

As is glaringly obvious from the backdrop pictured here, this R18 takes inspiration from the Hollywood blockbuster Top Gun: Maverick. Rusty Wrench came up with the design in response to a national call for custom BMW R18 design pitches from BMW Motorrad Portugal. The winning entrant would have the opportunity to bring their concept to life, to represent Portugal at BMW’s international R18 Customizing Championship.

There was a catch though—the design had to be inspired by a movie. Rusty Wrench picked Top Gun: Maverick as a nod to BMW’s history in aeronautics, although it probably helped that Tom Cruise is a total motorcycle nut too. Rusty Wrench won the competition, and then faced the impossible mission of bringing their design to life.

Starting with a base model BMW R18, the crew stripped the monster boxer down to its frame and scrapped almost all of its bodywork. Only the stock side covers remain—the rest is a beguiling cocktail of hand-formed parts, sporting enough Top Gun cues to get the point across without being kitsch.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Maverick: A Top Gun-inspired BMW R18 from Portugal
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Published Date: Fri, 11 Aug 2023 17:01:02 +0000


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