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        Motorcycle club honors fallen comrade with P4.8-M custom BMW R18

        Only 18 of these customized bikes exist
        by Aris Ilagan 4 days ago
        PHOTO: Anthony Roque

        If youre already mesmerized by the BMW R18 ‘Spirit of Passion’, wait until you read this.

        Superbike collector and EuroMonkeys member Emil Banno flew to Germany and got himself Kingston Customs’ modified cruiser, not only to add to his garage of exotic bikes but also for a more noble reason.

        “Tribute bike ng EuroMonkeys kay Gil (Balderas), bro!” Banno told Top Bikes Philippines, referring to the former director of BMW Motorrad for SMC Asia Cars Distributors Corporation who passed away last June. Balderas was well-loved by motorcycle enthusiasts for his professionalism, unparalleled modesty, and kindness when dealing with people.

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        Banno shared that Balderas linked him up with Dirk Oehlerking of Kingston Customs to get his hands on one of the only 18 customized R18s that exist in the world. His cruiser is marked No. 7.

        In honor of their dear riding buddy, the EuroMonkeys—through Bannohas officially entered the custom bike into the Moto Builds Pilipinas 2021.

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        According to motovlogger Zach Lucero, the modified cruiser is the most expensive entry in the competition, with a landed cost of around €80,000, which is about P4.8 million.

        The BMW R18 First Edition is priced at P1,955,000 in the Philippines. The old-school white pinstripes from the original R18 goes well with the elegant black paintwork.

        Except for the huge front fairing, rear fender with fishtail, and modified exhaust, Oehlerking left the R18 almost untouched to highlight the ‘Spirit of Passion’ motif.

        Pretty sure Balderas is smiling down on Banno every time the latter rides his new bike.

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