#ARESTorque - ARES Café Racer, a new one-off two-wheeled creation by ARES Design.

May 2021

Is it possible to have a customised version of a motorbike already customised?! Well, when we talk about an ARES creation, of course, yes!


As is often the way it all started with a particular request from one of our customers. Already a proud owner of an ARES Scrambler for BMW R nineT, he wanted us to create a sportier road-oriented version of the Scrambler, which could be use for his trips to the California hills, with the option to take some luggage for the weekend.


The ARES Centro Stile and R&D Department set to work on the design and as you can see, produced a unique and beautiful creation, a truly bespoke one-off ARES Café Racer for BMW R nineT.


The starting point was the BMW R nineT itself, with the aesthetic and mechanical changes already present on the ARES Scrambler. The new tank and the mudguards, handmade in carbon fibre and painted by the craftsmen of the Modena factory, along with the characteristic rear double swingarm and double side shock absorbers.


However, this is where the common points with the Scrambler stopped and ARES styling commenced.


The wide off-road handlebars are replaced with a pair of sportier clip-on bars. While the front end is perfected by a new LED headlight and a carbon fibre aerodynamic deflector, it is the rear where the most radical changes are found.


The Café Racer is equipped with a new single-seat unit, upholstered in handmade leather and topped with a cover akin to racing bikes of yesteryear. On either side of which is the custom-made frame that can hold two panniers and has space for a blanket or sleeping bag - perfect for a weekend getaway!


From a technical perspective, the Café Racer features the mechanical refinements already present on the Scrambler. Still this time around, the 1170cc two-cylinder boxer engine is equipped with a retro-designed stainless steel 2-in-2 exhaust system with two conical air filters. Along with a new set of street-oriented tyres specifically designed for maximum riding pleasure on the curvy roads of the American coast!


The Café Racer is a motorbike conceived and built for fun, born from the fantasy of an enthusiast, and it is to realize these fantasies and these requests that ARES was born.