Plying your trade in a workshop that is literally a stones throw from the centre of Rome means any artist is surrounded by thousands of years of inspiration. A handy boost for those building custom bikes where the stimulus to creativity goes far beyond the mere mechanical. But sometimes all well trodden paths draw a blank and you have to first blow up the rule book before bringing everything back together. That was the philosophy Emporio Elaborazioni Meccaniche took to their latest project, they just didn’t figure there would be a literal explosion along the way. But the result was worth the burnt brows with a bratty big wheeled 2007 BMW R1200r they call Titano.

Having been operating long enough now to have built a considerable portfolio, Dopz, Schizzo and the team at EEM have settled in on two distinctive styles. Either producing bikes that return classic machines to their former glory or pulling off killer customs with an unmistakable sense of Italian style. But when a customer approached them for a BMW build he had a very clear mandate, not only did the front and rear tyres have to be matching sizes, they had to be big knobbies too! He also had a bike in mind and in the BMW R1200 he’d chosen a machine that’s telelever front end would make the task that much harder.

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