Swooping curvaceous lines. Handmade aluminum pieces. Integrated electronics. One hundred ten horsepower. Opposed twin-cylinder engine. Curb weight of just 452 pounds.

You may have recently seen this bike at the New York international Moto Show and thought, hey, that's a pretty slick one-off. Or maybe a BMW prototype?

Close, but not quite; the bike called Nostalgia is totally roadworthy and you can actually buy one.

Art Deco BMW masterpiece
Nmoto’s Nostalgia is a dead ringer for the original Art Deco BMW masterpiece, which was never built. You’d never know there was an R nineT lurking underneath that bodywork.Nmoto

Unveiled to the public in Miami last month, Nostalgia is a reimagination of the 1934 BMW R7—a motorcycle so far ahead of its time that it never even got to see a production facility. With its curvaceous lines and sleek Art Deco bodywork, you could see how the R7 would be a total bitch to produce, and since this was during the depths of the Great Depression, the project was shut down and the only prototype stashed, god knows where.

Luckily that prototype was rediscovered in 2005 and painstakingly restored by BMW: 70 percent of the bike was in decent shape but there was plenty of rust damage. Several years and lots of dollars later, the BMW R7 was finally rolled back onto the world stage at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, where it won Best in Class in the motorcycle category.

BMW R7 from 1934 in a museum
Here’s the original BMW R7 from 1934 in a museum. The iconic model introduced the telescopic fork and hidden gas tank among other innovations. Valued at more than $1 million, this prototype is the stuff of moto enthusiasts’ fantasies.Andrew Cherney

It was then that Nmoto, a luxury motorcycle manufacturing company in South Florida, took on the idea of reimagining the iconic design. So it launched “The Nostalgia Project,” a way-out attempt to join the old lines with current technology. Key to that plan turned out to be the firm’s choice of a BMW R nineT as the modern-day platform for the project.

Handmade parts
Handmade parts come in droves on the Nostalgia bike, including the 12-liter gas tank, brackets, mounts, and almost everything in between.Nmoto

Makes sense, right? The R nineT was already known to be the German brand's most customizable model, and using its mechanicals meant Nmoto didn't need to design a bike from scratch, but rather draw and expand on existing heritage. At its core, the Nostalgia Project is a BMW R nineT dressed up as an R7 the with help of 96 handcrafted components, including 74 parts built by Nmoto fabricators (like the 12-liter gas tank, throttle system, fenders mounts, custom stainless steel mufflers, etc.) in-house. But that also meant all the electrics had to be redesigned; Nmoto says it's the first to successfully integrate the BMW R nineT system with nonstandard, aftermarket control panels in the handlebar. The guys at Nmoto explain that Nostalgia isn't a one-off, but a production motorcycle that incorporates traditional metal-shaping techniques to re-create that one-of-a-kind vintage aesthetic. In the end, by mixing modern materials and components with some old-school manufacturing methods, Nmoto was able to create a lighter and more powerful final product.

sculpted exhaust system
Just check out the sculpted exhaust system on Nostalgia, which is completely handcrafted in-house using stainless steel.Nmoto

It’s a good match: The R nineT’s 1,170cc boxer gives Nostalgia a healthy 110 hp and 86 pound-feet of torque right off the bat, and the bike is said to be capable of a top speed of 140 mph (maybe because of the vastly improved power-to-weight ratio). The final product is constructed primarily of aluminum but also incorporporates the modernity and reliability of the R nineT with a six-speed gearbox, ABS traction control, and keyless ignition.

Nmoto says it has developed a motorcycle “which perfectly captures the spirit of the Art Deco era while maintaining affordability.” In this context, “affordability” means $49,500 USD. Still listening? Okay, well that does include the cost of an R nineT, if it makes you feel any better. The bike is being produced in limited numbers, and it will take about six months to make each one to spec. Just don’t call this a BMW; the official name is Nostalgia by Nmoto.

LED indicator lights
LED indicator lights and a keyless ignition system were both worked into the redesign of the R nineT electrical system.Nmoto

The base Nostalgia motorcycle is painted a traditional acrylic black paint with creme color stripes, and wears a leather seat and grips done in diamond or straight stitches with a textured. finish. You can choose from custom footrests or the BMW R nineT stock option, and there is a choice of 11 color combinations, adjustable steering, seat trim finish, luggage box, and passenger seat options. For more info, see nmoto's website.

R nineT
Designers didn’t mess with the chassis of the R nineT as it already resembled prewar hardtails, so they crafted a special bracket for the original wing mounting system and narrowed the rear subframe to match the original prototype.Nmoto
aluminum body parts
Nmoto engineers and designers designed and fabricated completely new aluminum body parts for Nostalgia, using traditional methods.Nmoto
gas cap
So there’s no confusion about who makes this model the gas cap is engraved with a full explanation (probably to appease Bavaria).Nmoto
Nostalgia project
As it was back in the day, the Nostalgia project reincorporates the ignition lock and speedometer into the headlamp housing, though both parts are modern.Nmoto
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By stuffing all the wiring into the framework, Nmoto was able to maintain the sleek and streamlined quality of the R7.Nmoto
BMW R nineT’s 1,170cc boxer engine
Under that vintage skin, the BMW R nineT’s 1,170cc boxer engine, six-speed gearbox, traction control, and antilock brakes help give Nostalgia a thoroughly modern ride.Nmoto