Based on a '92 BMW R100R
Tanks and other all terrain military vehicles are part of our client Hennie's life as he works with them everyday. So it was a forgone conclusion that the build on his road biased R100R would morph into a much more off road style.
As this model shares a lot of parts with its factory off road biased cousin the R100GS, we knew the transformation would work.
Firstly, the bike was stripped down to its bare bones with all the unwanted parts boxed up for a later ebay frenzy.
Then the attention turned to the stance of the bike, it was going to get jacked up!
A 19" front rim was sourced to replace the stock 18" and at the back a gorgeous new Bitubo Italian made GS spec fully adjustable shock (longer) was ordered. One of our SRC Mono scrambler subframes was slightly modified to fit the Paralever frame which also raised the seat height.
While the de-tabbed frame , swinging arm and a host of other parts were being blasted and powder coated in satin black, the wheels and hubs were also being treated to the same, with new stainless spokes and topped off with Heidenau's finest K60 dual purpose tyres.
While the motor and transmission were out of the frame they were treated to a full refresh with a few upgrades too. In went high comp forged Omega pistons, heavy duty clutch, new Mikuni carbs with Ram Air filters, and a new digital electronic ignition system.
A satin stainless 2 into 1 exhaust with a high level silencer helps the breathing and sounds great too.
Modern electronics for reliability and ease of use are fitted to most of our builds now and this was no exception. A full Motogadget set up was used along with full LED lights and indicators and to keep Hennie's pinkies warm when the temperature drops, a set of Koso multistage heated grips were fitted to the new Renthal Fat bars.
A bit of subtle eye candy was added in the form of a new billet alloy top yoke, engraved bar clamps and risers beautifully made by our go to engineer Rob, who also sculptured the yoke to fit the new Acewell speedo/tacho perfectly. All these were then anodized to protect them from the elements.
To complete the rugged look, a set of billet alloy 'bear claw' footrests and an alloy sup shield were bolted on.
On any bike, a great paint job is the 'icing on the cake' so a lovely pearlescent metallic blue was laid down on the tank, lightweight alloy mudguards and alloy racing plates with Hennie's favourite number perfectly air brushed on the sides.
It sure is a looker and performs as good as it looks.
Question is, will he dare get it muddy?
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