“We wanted to keep the edgy, aggressive style of the R1200R, but with a very short, light and slim tail end.” says Daniel Weidmann, owner and General Manager of Stucki 2 Rad. “It was our goal to create an aggressive line leading down to the bikes nose from the rear. We wanted it’s wide shoulders and clip on bars to give it the look of a charging bull”. To meet Daniels lightweight requirements the new tail was constructed, by hand, from aluminium. Taking around 1.5 weeks to complete it was one of the most challenging aspects of the build and has been left with a raw, brushed finish to match the tank pad “gills”, front fender and bikini fairing.
With 125bhp on tap the 2016 R1200R engine internals remain untouched, but some extra horses have been released with the addition of an Akrapovic Titan 2-into-1 exhaust, Unit Garage muffler and K&N air filters, all of which meet Swiss legal requirements. With the intention of winning straight line races there’s also a quick shifter and custom lightweight Kineo wheels wearing grippy Michelin Powercup rubber. The USD forks have also been anodized black, LSL supplied the clip on bars, the levers are Magura and the fuel cap is from Rizoma.
The VTR team has a soft spot for craftsmanship so they engaged skilled local suppliers to complete the seat and paintwork. Upholsterer Yves Knobel stitched together the suede leather saddle with its contrasting stitching and Johanna Voglesang laid the pinstripes and lettering along its bodywork (The racing number 12 is taken from the R1200R name).
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