What do you get when an Italian custom builder wants to launch his shop with a radical bike design, using most of a German BMW R 1200 Boxer components and engine, but want to inject his creation with some English Cafe Racer/Italian sport bike DNA. The contraption seen here, displayed for the 1st time 3 weeks ago at the Milan EICMA show. Language barrier with Roman builder Giulio Paz didn’t permit me to gather a lot of information about this unusual custom motorcycle, but I hope that the pictures will do the talking for me.
When you ask BMW fans, the BMW R 1200 is considered a naked bike (of course as naked as BMW bikes can be…) mostly used for adventure riding after addition of bags! Something to let me confused… What I know for sure is that while keeping all basic BMW components of the original twin-cylinder 1170 cc engine, Paz was able to create a great looking machine, getting very close to winning Best Of Show in Milan when competing against some of the best European builders.
I was assured that Diva can be serviced by a BMW dealer, maybe leading Paz to create and offer a kit to all BMW 1200 owners. All body parts are carbon fiber for a total weight close to 350 lbs, a very light machine by BMW standards For looks, gas tank has been narrowed and shortened, still keeping a 4-gallon capacity, enough for an about 135-mile stint. Front end and seat are the most striking visual sport components. All the rest is a successful attempt at creating an eye catching motorcycle where educated eyes will easily recognize Italian styling. Giulio Paz Design.