We contacted Rolf at Krautmotors for more details about the bike, but he referred us to a PR company which sent us the BMW Motorrad official press release which you can read here:
Reick kept the bike’s engine as a frame. Then came the control unit, DC converter and batteries in the original tank of the 130-kilogram bike. The motorcycle is powered by a wheel hub motor installed at the front wheel. A programmable controller and an electronic throttle have also been added. The old BMW Motorrad line will be visually preserved, yet refreshed and reduced. The exhaust pipe and frame tail were shortened accordingly.
Silver as a color works very well on the stage with all the light reflections and supports the balanced BMW Motorrad shape,” says Rolf Reick. He trusted the finishing to lacquerer Michael Schönen. The customizer put two months of work into the bike, equipping it for stage-suitable 25 km/h. “I don’t just build motorcycles as a profession; there’s always something a little bit personal in it as well. I always have to be drawn to what I do,” Reick continues.
Reick has battled bad design ever since he became a product designer, and runs the iconic label and workshop “Krautmotors” in Heidelberg. “At Krautmotors, we’re about enjoying life, not fearing it,” explains Reick. The industrial design graduate was recognized in 1996 by the magazine now known as “Custombike” for his best converted Café Racer. “Mo” motorcycle magazine named his BMW Motorrad Bobber German Custom Bike of the Year in 2003.