In 1934 BMW created an incredibly beautiful one-off prototype motorcycle called the N7 – and promptly lost it at the outbreak of World War II. Discovered decades later in pieces packed into crates, it was eventually resurrected and is widely considered the most covetable motorbike on the planet.
Now a Miami-based company called Nmoto has brought the Art Deco "unicorn" back to life in the form of the Nostalgia, a faithful recreation of the impossibly unobtainable R7 with some key modern mechanical updates.
Nmoto just brought its captivating creation to the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d'Este in Italy, where even among the likes of multimillion-dollar hypercars it was the center of attention. What's more it was displayed alongside the original R7, fresh from the BMW museum, in a world first.
Mechanically speaking, the Nostalgia is based upon the award-winning, heritage-inspired BMW R Nine T and consists of 96 handcrafted parts. The limited edition bikes cost around $49,500 – if you can get your hands on one.
It takes six months to build each one using a combination of modern technology and old world craftsmanship, and it boasts an 1,170 cc 4-stroke flat twin engine delivering plenty of smooth, solid power.
Unlike actual vintage bikes, the Nostalgia doesn't have the reliability issues and fragility an 80-plus year old moto would exhibit. "It is much more than a motorcycle with vintage design," as Nmoto founder Alex Niznik says. "It's a perfect balance between art and function."