Out of Berlin, across Europe – that's what it's all about for the Pure&Crafted festival after three successful years. 13 riders and teams shared a BMW R nineT Pure over a period of four months with one mission: to track down exciting routes, little-known craftspeople, the coolest gigs and gifted mechanics and tuners. It all resulted in tours and experiences full of inspiration so that Pure&Crafted can evolve and grow internationally with old and new partners. For even more music, motorcycles and New Heritage. Here we'll be presenting you the highlights from the drivers' video clips and let the pictures speak for themselves.
Talking until there is no more coffee left.
Henry Kerinnes kicks things off and starts at the Festsaal Kreuzberg. He is the first to go on tour with the Pure&Crafted signature bike.
Talking until there is no more coffee left.
For Henry Kerinnes the tour started with the Pure&Crafted BBQ in the Festsaal Kreuzberg with plenty of motorcycle culture, New Heritage lifestyle and a sizeable portion of handmade music. After only a few hours of sleep, he doesn't have much time get the opening event out of his system. He's got to go, so he starts up the R nineT Pure - and is on his way headed northwards. From Berlin to Copenhagen. Past the lakes and pine forests, the summer is all around, but lying down for a few hours in the sun is unthinkable now. Because at 1:00 pm he needs to catch the ferry to Rostock. When the ferry gate in Gedser closes, he's overcome with a feeling of being on holiday. He's headed straight to Dead Cat Motorcycles, a community garage in Copenhagen.
A warm welcome. Andreas, one of the founders, leads Henry through the workshop, which is adorned with old motorcycle posters. Twenty people are working and helping each other out with their projects. The next day, they start on a tour to Sweden and try to persuade him to come along. But Henry has other plans: He intends to stop by at Wrenchmonkees. The Danes here have been around for ten years. During this time they've managed to become an integral part of the custom bike scene. "Per and Nicholas are super nice guys. We talked in their workshop until the coffee ran out. And I needed get going again", says Henry.
The cottage industries.
On the trail of the small craftspeople, the Moritz Fuchs' New Heritage team travels on. The journey takes them straight to Dieter Funk – hand-crafted eyewear made from selected materials produced from start to finish in Kinsau. Through sunshine, rain and hail, the riders continue on to Florian Hipp in Füssen. Here, unique single-speed bicycles are manufactured in an old hemp rope factory – a true bike smithy that goes by the name "Starrgang". After a varied ride through the Allgäu, the journey continues on to Zurich. The itinerary includes a visit to the "DeeCee style" and the "Denim and Iron" stores and the production site of the bag manufacturer FREITAG. Said and done. Through the back country of Lake Constance, the route the next day follows along small, hilly and winding roads to Ravensburg. There, members of the family business Seil Marshal are already awaiting the riders' arrival. "We would've liked to take all of the canvas bags with us", says Moritz and his companion Felix. On the rainy way back, the duo makes a brief stop at the wonderful leather factory of Alexander von Bronewski.
The Pure&Crafted signature bike.
The Pure&Crafted signature bike.
Reduced to the essentials and in a unique heritage look – that's our signature bike. The basis is the standard BMW R nineT Pure. We only exchanged a few parts to complete our Pure&Crafted signature bike: the cylinder head covers Machined, milled footrest system, HP sport rear silencer and the bench seat Scrambler. The bike is also equipped with stylish and waterproof softbags made of leather and canvas. Check out all of the bikes highlights and learn more.
Winding routes with The Curves.
Cäthe, Janna, Freddie, Daniel and Helen – this is the gang from "The Curves", which is on its way from Berlin to Paris with the aim of attending the Cafe Racer Festival in Montlhéry. It takes a couple of motorways and roads through the Harz, Sauerland and Bergisches Land until the group discovers their favourite setting on the navigation system: winding roads. "The navigation system took us on small roads through forests, fields and lakes. It was unbelievably beautiful", says Helen.
Driving around curves in the Eifel – with a view of the castle Manderscheid.
After a visit to Amadeus Motors in Cologne Zollstock, The Curves took a close look at Jens vom Brauck's workshop (JvB-moto) and at his custom projects. "Above all, we liked the direct comparison of the R nineT Scrambler with the modified bike from JvB. So we had to test it directly on the road." The group then finished up the evening in the workshop of Cäthe's friends surrounded by the craziest vehicles you can imagine – such as a Flattrack racer with a scooter engine and nitrous oxide injection. The following day was a personal highlight for part of the group. Because the next stop was the Nürburgring. A whiff of racing air. Cäthe and Daniel test the Nordschleife or "northern loop". "After approximately 20 kilometres on the former circuit, the broad grins under the helmets couldn't be missed." Jumps of joy and hugs all around. A big dream came true.
"Paris, Paris, we're going to Paris": That means a photo shoot at the Arc de Triomphe, a photo op at the Eiffel Tower and a ride over the Champs-Élysées with the right chanson on one's lips. "We felt like tourists, but inadvertently became a much-photographed attraction ourselves." Montlhéry is now only a stone's throw away. BMW Motorrad France is already waiting there for the Cafe Racer Festival. The Pure&Crafted signature bike is spontaneously rolled up the BMW Motorrad stand. Between the decked-out machines, it appears slightly out of place with all of the dust and flies from its roughly 1,500-kilometres journey at first, but it nevertheless exudes an aura of adventure and freedom. Then the Curves share in the excitement of numerous races along the impressively steep curve at Monthléry. "We spent six days together with wonderful people who make every day a little better. Six days with the R nineT Pure – a bike that you fall in love with from the first metre and you never want to give it back", says Helen.
A battle over material at "The Malle Mile".
Ben Arslan takes over the signature bike in Paris. The horizon is calling. Accompanied by Mile Stevic, Ben is headed for the French port of Dunkirk to cross over to Dover. The two friends are travelling for two weeks with the R nineT Pure, a VW van and a 250cc bike for a race at the "The Malle Mile" festival. One of their stage goals is Millbrook in Cornwall. "It's just as we imagined it: small, sleepy fishing villages, idyllic coastal roads, breathtaking views and everything very relaxed." They drive along narrow, winding roads on the steep coast to Looe, an idyllic fishing village with a large harbour. "Here there's fresh fish and the best soft drinks from the brewery next door."
The route leads to Dartmoor National Park. "We're thrilled by the scenery and the contrast to the coastal region." There are hills with granite massifs, wild horses and sheep. And then there's a real Cornwall classic: cream tea – a cup of tea and scones with extra cream and jam.
The final destination is the "The Malle Mile" festival south of London. And there is where moto-polo is played: football with motorcycles, four versus four, two 20-minute periods. It's great fun and a tough battle of materials that takes its toll on the brake lever, fenders and the clutch of the 250cc along with a few scratches.
Another highlight is a visit to Marshall Amps in Bletchley. Steve guides visitors through the Marshall Museum and the production facility. He's been with Marshall for 34 years and shows amplifiers from Lenny Kravitz, John Lennon and Motörhead. What Steve tells about the stars of the world will make your skin prickle with excitement. Next stop is Hedon House. The riders are allowed to look over the shoulders of the manufacturer of stylish helmets at a workshop in West Drayton. Leather-work, finishing and quality control are the order of the day here. The design department is also here. "We catch a glimpse of the new collection – and immediately become big fans."
Ride hot – look cool.
Marcin Öz is a Berlin DJ from the 90s, former bassist of the electro pop band "The Whitest Boy Alive" and nowadays a winegrower in Sicily. With the help of some of his Italian friends, he's taught himself the art of winemaking. To work hands on, honestly without any airs, that's the basic tenor of all of his undertakings. Just like when he helped form the band "Whitest Boy Alive" because the group members back then wanted to free house music from the radio and bring it to the live stage. Reason enough for Jan Joswig and Tim Adler to pay a visit to their old buddy – with Jan on the signature bike. Having arrived at Marcin's winery, Jan and Tim are convinced by the quality of the grapes and allow themselves a little winetasting. The wine of Vini Campisi doesn't need any additives.
A journey anywhere usually requires a return trip: From Palermo, Jan and Tim take the ferry to Genoa. 20 hours overnight at sea instead of a four-day motorcycle tour over land. In Bavaria, they ride through a thunderstorm for the final highlight of their tour, a visit to Edgar Heinrich, the head of the design department of BMW Motorrad. Edgar has been with BMW for 30 years – but he's the exact opposite of a routine individual. In his garage, he tinkers with private projects after work, such as a Matchless rigid frame or a Paris Dakar BMW with HPN tail. As a farewell, Edgar throws a message onto the seat of the Pure&Crafted R nineT: "Ride hot – look cool".
A journey into the past.
A journey into the past.
25 years later, he sets out from Berlin on the way to the westernmost part of France, the nose in the north of the nation that sticks out into the Atlantic. David Biene revives his memories on the R nine T Pure. As a 15-year-old boy, he visited Brittany during the winter holidays and worked in an ornithological facility - a time that's very important to him. Even days before he visits the "station ornithologique" on the Isle Grande on the north coast of Brittany, some of the place names on the road signs ring a bell in David's head. "I was there, and there was this and that. But I rarely remember the details. But it's still a nice feeling."
The excitement is growing, although he knows that he won't experience much at the bird observatory. According to the website, the boss is still the same as a quarter of a century ago. Once he arrives, everything looks the same as David remembers it. "My first impulse is to drive the narrow path from the visitor parking to the employee parking area behind the house." But he doesn't. When he arrives at the house, a group of visitors is leaving the area and moving to the aviary, where the fostered birds are waiting for their release. At the back of the building, David finds an open door to the utility rooms and sticks his head in. A journey through time: "It's amazing how we remember odours. This mixture of feeding fish, disinfectants and cleaning products and birds. Even the outdoor pool with birdbath is still there." The good news: nowadays, the station hardly gets any oil-soaked birds anymore and cares more about injured birds of prey and seabirds.
Where the night knows no sleep.
15 years ago Bernhard wanted to travel to Africa. But he didn't succeed back then. He's now getting a new chance with the Pure&Crafted signature bike. Within four weeks, he travels around 10,000 kilometres with his girlfriend Severine. The starting point is in Berlin, the first stages are Munich, Brussels, Paris. The journey goes through the Pyrenees, always heading towards Tarifa, the southernmost point of Spain, to get a ticket for the ferry. After some back and forth discussions with the customs authorities they reach Tangier, where it's all clear skies and about 40 degrees.
Hold, pause and enjoy moment of the roadtrip.
Rabat is the day's destination, about 250 kilometres south. The first rest stop is a real experience, the crowds the Love Parade offers are no smaller. "We can't help but be amazed. An organ concert of horns and Tetris for advanced players, the toilet woman is close to tears, the petrol station attendant is out of step." Even on a motorcycle it takes some time to get away from the rest stop. It's in Rabat that they find the answer to the riddle of the crowds: In three days a religious festival will take place, similar to the Christian Christmas. Anyone who can is on their way home.
Marrakesh – a modern city like those you find all over Europe. There appears to be Internet everywhere. Everyone sees the same billboards, everyone perceives the same promising advertisements. It goes on like this until Bernhard and Severine reach the medina. There they are overwhelmed by fascinating impressions. Animals are being slaughtered in the street, market criers are hawking their goods and countless scooters are racing through the middle and whizzing through the crowd. Arabic is the official language, French is losing more and more of its standing and English is the way of the future – the tourists are offered goods in a full-scale ground offensive. The Medina of Marrakesh – it's like a tangle of drums. And the night knows no sleep. The only day that it's quiet at the Jemaa el-Fnaa is the day after the big party – the day of departure. And it's true. "An atomic strike couldn't have been any different. Our ears were no longer used to this much silence after three days."
Yet more adventure.
This is just a small excerpt from the stories and adventures experienced by the Pure&Crafted ON THE ROAD riders over 40,000 kilometres in more than 20 countries. Also on the road were Martien Delgaauw from Berham Customs together with photographer Jo Fischer, photographer Vanessa Blankenagel and product manager for biker equipment, Karsten Merz. And for the "101 End of Season Ride", the boss of "The Curves", Cäthe Pfläging went on tour again without her "gang". You can read their complete stories and adventures at www.pureandcrafted.com/journal.