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Play Mystic for Me: A BMW R80R scrambler from Warsaw

BMW Motorrad has a few quirky gems in the back catalog—like the early-90s R80R Mystic. As one of the last two-valve boxers before the four-valve ‘1100’ took over, the Mystic bundled some of BMW’s newer tech into a ‘factory custom’ aesthetic that didn’t quite gel. Released as both R80 and R100 versions (depending on your country), the Mystic was sort of a road-going version of the adventure travel R100GS. It borrowed the GS’s tank, seat and burly Paralever swingarm, and it came with 18F/17R tu...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Bmw, Warsaw, Warsaw Poland, Brembo, BMW Motorrad, Monza, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, BMW R80, BMW scrambler, Highsider, Scramblers, Christian Boosen, Bartek Zaranek


ISDT Dream: A BMW R80/7 Scrambler from Estonia

Some custom shops have a knack for building motorcycles that are clean enough to pass for factory specials. But this BMW boxer from the Estonian powerhouse Renard Speed Shop takes things up a notch. Not only does it look like some sort of restored off-road racing prototype, but it was also pieced together from leftover parts. Most of what you see here, including the 1979-model R80/7 donor, was dug out of Renard’s workshop, and modded to fit together. That’s right: this one’s a bitsa. Despi...
Tags: Motorcycles, Estonia, Bmw, Honda, CNC, Renard, Oberon, Custom Motorcycles, BMW R80, Renard Speed Shop, Scramblers, Parafanghi Bastia


Overlander: A BMW G/S built for serious adventure travel

Nothing grows knowledge like experience. So the best way to figure out how to design a continent-crossing motorcycle, is to actually cross a continent—then see what works, and what doesn’t. Back in 2016, Matias Corea rode his 1985 BMW R80G/S Paris Dakar from Brooklyn all the way to Ushuaia, in Argentina. Now he’s got another trip planned: a 22,000-mile journey from his native Barcelona to Cape Town in South Africa. So he’s taken the lessons from his first trip, and built his vision of the ult...
Tags: Africa, Barcelona, Brooklyn, South Africa, Motorcycles, Cape Town, Argentina, Bmw, Ushuaia, Dakar, Brembo, Magura, Paris Dakar, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Walt Siegl


R100XE: The BMW R80G/S evolution we deserve

The BMW R80G/S created a new genre of motorcycling when it first appeared, and is considered an icon today. The ‘GS’ designation is still a staple of BMW’s range, but it’s evolved a lot since 1980—both technologically and visually. By 1987, the R100GS already had a very different vibe to its predecessor, and the modern GS machines carry almost none of the original’s DNA. Robert Sabel of Roughchild Motorcycles in California wonders what a modern G/S would look like if that wasn’t the case. Wha...
Tags: California, La, Motorcycles, Bmw, Robert, Brembo, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Rizoma, Motogadget, BMW R80, Cognito Moto, BMW R100, Shorai Lithium, Speedhut, LA Robert


Radikal Klassisch: Moto Essence’s BMW R80 roadster

Every style of custom motorcycle has a clear-cut formula, but we like it best when builders tear up the blueprint and blur the lines. This refined BMW boxer has the clip-ons of a cafe racer and the high pipes of a scrambler, but it still looks just ‘right.’ It’s the work of Oliver and Dominik at Moto Essence in Gauting, a town just southwest of Munich. They simply call it a ‘classic roadster,’ and the unusual aesthetic is a byproduct of their consulting process. Moto Essence’s customer o...
Tags: Munich, Motorcycles, Dell, Bmw, Bing, Oliver, Beemer, Custom Motorcycles, Dominik, Motogadget, BMW R80, Akront Morad, BMW cafe racer, BMW scrambler, Cafe racers, Moto Essence


Ricky 800: Imagining a Rickman BMW R80 desert racer

The world’s first big-bore dual sport, the BMW R80G/S, broke cover forty years ago. Born from off-road competition, it soon dominated at the Paris-Dakar rally, before going on to become an icon of adventure motorcycling. But there’s one arena it never really featured in: the Californian desert. The G/S missed the heyday of the Californian desert racing scene by a decade or two. So it wasn’t even a concept when the Rickman Brothers‘ Triumph- and BSA-powered Metisse scramblers hit the scene. H...
Tags: UK, Germany, Spain, Motorcycles, Bmw, Continental, Bsa, Bosch, Rickman, Ricky, CNC, Magura, Jens, Kellermann, Paris Dakar, LSL


Dark Matter: A blacked-out BMW R80 bobber from Untitled

Untitled Motorcycles is not your standard custom outfit. Output is hardly prolific, but the bikes invariably create ripples. And the founders operate in separate workshops, five thousand miles apart—in London and San Francisco. This BMW comes from the London outpost, helmed by Adam Kay. And although he’s an experienced builder (with a Masters in sculpture from the Royal College of Art to boot), it was a challenge. “The donor was one of the worst bikes we’ve ever seen,” says Adam. “A full-o...
Tags: London, San Francisco, Motorcycles, Bmw, Matt, Royal College of Art, Adam, Brembo, Heidenau, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Motogadget, BMW R80, Untitled Motorcycles, Adam Kay, Glenn Moger


Unkonventionell: Eastern Spirit Garage’s BMW R80

Eastern Spirit Garage is probably Poland’s premier custom workshop. But they focus on quality over quantity, with fewer than a dozen builds over the last seven years. Shop boss Sylwester has picked up the pace a little recently, though. Three months ago he revealed an amazing XS650 bobber, and he’s now just thrown the wraps off this most unconventional BMW R80. It’s not your typical R-series custom, and despite the sleek finish and perfect stance, Sylwester admits that it was a struggle. “...
Tags: Motorcycles, Poland, Bmw, Warsaw, Daytona, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, BMW R80, Eastern Spirit Garage, Sylwester, BMW cafe racer, Cafe racers, Sylwester `` Marcin, Mikunis


Custom Bikes Of The Week: 10 May, 2020

We’ve gone global this week, with a brutal BMW K100RS from Poland, a Triumph Scrambler with a desert sled vibe from Italy, a Honda Elsinore with CR250R power from the US, and a classy BMW R80 from Portugal. Triumph Scrambler by Mr Martini Even though he doesn’t work exclusively on Triumphs, Italian builder Nicola Martini’s something of a brand specialist. He’s a slight mad scientist too, churning out bikes that somehow look a little eccentric, but also totally rideable. This air-cooled Tri...
Tags: US, Motorcycles, Italy, Portugal, Poland, Bmw, Honda, Martini, Eric, Hinckley, Lisbon Portugal, Beemer, Tiago, Suzuki GSX, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles


The Divisionist: Federal Moto’s first BMW bobber

Some custom shops crank out the same style of build, over and over again. But for Federal Moto that would be terminal. Their crew is young, eager to experiment and wary of stagnation. So when a local film production company approached Federal to build a custom bike, they picked a genre they hadn’t yet tackled. For their seventeenth project, commissioned by Divisionist Films, the Chicago workshop created their first BMW-powered bobber. “Eight years ago we started off as a ‘cafe racer’ cust...
Tags: Dane, Chicago, Motorcycles, Bmw, Michael, Bosch, Moto, Federal, Buchanan, Dunlop, Goodridge, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Suzuki Hayabusa, NGK, Federal Moto


The limits of endurance: A BMW R80 with Ducati flair

The Japanese custom scene continues to amaze us. Even though the internet shrinks the world, there are still gems in the East waiting to be discovered—often by word of mouth. Switch Stance Riding is a small custom shop in Amakusa—a series of small, little-known islands off the coast of Kyushu, Japan’s most southwesterly island. This part of Japan is well off the beaten track but the photographer Marc Holstein recently paid a visit, and told us he was the only Westerner for miles. Marc’s de...
Tags: Japan, France, Motorcycles, Ducati, Bmw, NCR, Yamaha, Pirelli, East, Alcantara, Marc, Kyushu Japan, Moto Guzzi, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Café Racer


The Best of the Outlier’s Guild Motorcycle Show

The custom moto show scene is booming in the US. Off the top of our heads there’s the Brooklyn Invitational on the east coast, Mama tried in the Midwest, and the Handbuilt show in Texas. And on the west coast there’s Portland’s One Moto Show. Flying slightly under the radar is the Outlier’s Guild show in Los Angeles—colloquially known as the OG Moto Show. It’s just closed the doors on its third event, and judging by the feedback, it’ll be joining the established big hitters soon. Roving photo...
Tags: Texas, La, US, Los Angeles, Motorcycles, Portland, Customs, Ava, Midwest, Harley, Yamaha, Guild, Custom, Rev, BMW motorcycles, Café Racer


Diff’rent Strokes: Vagabund Moto bucks the BMW trend

BMW airhead customs are like AC/DC songs: after a while, it’s hard to tell them all apart. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing, because the style is usually pleasing to the eye. But no one could ever accuse Vagabund Moto of following a conventional formula. Their approach is unique and their bikes buck the mainstream trend. So it’s ironic to learn that the owner of this razor-sharp R80 asked Vagabund to replicate the style of a custom R80 they finished two years ago. Not surprisingly, ...
Tags: Austria, Motorcycles, Bmw, Continental, Ac, PAUL, ECE, Graz, Philipp, Graz Austria, LSL, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Motogadget, BMW R80, Grimeca


Sidecar: A classic cocktail from Kingston Custom

Kingston’s classic BMWs are elegant customs that take our breath away, time after time. But there’s something we haven’t seen Dirk Oehlerking do yet; serve up one of his signature airheads with a little something on the side. This showstopping R80 from the Gelsenkirchen workshop is the sidecar rig we didn’t know we wanted, until now. It’s not just another cool Kingston boxer—there’s just as much style in the sidecar itself. Dirk is based in western Germany, but this commission came from Au...
Tags: Germany, Austria, Vienna, Motorcycles, Bmw, Kingston, Sidecar, Yamaha, Gelsenkirchen, Dirk, Ural, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, BMW R80, Kingston Custom, Dirk Oehlerking


20 Not Out: The Made-to-Order BMWs of Diamond Atelier

A year ago , we revealed Diamond Atelier’s new ‘Mark II’ series of BMW café racers. Based on the classic R-series, the Mark II was designed to use parts produced in batches, rather than as one-offs. A ‘production custom,’ if you will. Twelve months on, and the Mark II is thriving. The Munich-based company reports 20 units sold since they kicked off the first build, with bikes being delivered as far as Seoul. In fact, the lads reckon they’ve got a Mark II on every continent already. And that...
Tags: Europe, Germany, Munich, Motorcycles, Seoul, Exif, Yamaha, BRIDGESTONE, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Café Racer, Motogadget, BMW R80, Marzocchi, Wilbers, Tokico


Africa Shox: A hard-charging R80G/S from Cape Town

On Saturday, the Dakar Rally kicks off in Lima, Peru. It’s the 40th edition of the notorious race, and a lot has changed since 1978, when intrepid racers lined in up Paris. Modern Dakar bikes are lightweight, sophisticated off-roaders, with a maximum capacity of 450cc. But the early days of the rally were dominated by mammoth desert racers—like the mighty BMW R80G/S, which racked up four wins in the 80s. This immaculate 1982 model is a restomod owned by Mark Johnston, and it’s a spectacula...
Tags: Germany, Africa, Motorcycles, Cape Town, Scrambler, Pretoria, Mark, Dakar, Cape Town South Africa, KTM, Johnston, Mark Johnston, LIMA Peru, Beemer, Paris Dakar, Akrapovic


Escape Vehicle: Building a BMW R80RT To Stay Sane

Using a motorcycle as a coping mechanism is nothing new. For most of us, that means clearing the head with a ride after a rough week—but for Mark Ceilinger, it meant building this BMW cafe racer as a respite from the reality of his girlfriend’s serious illness. Mark’s not an established builder—yet. He’s a guitarist from Slovenia who’s kept an eye on the custom scene after noticing the Voltron build from his countrymen at ER Motorcycles. When life took a dramatic turn, Mark was motivated to ...
Tags: Motorcycles, Slovenia, Bmw, Mark, Riva, Hazan, Beemer, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Café Racer, Motogadget, BMW R80, Aleš Urbanc, Mark Ceilinger, Vintage Room Motorcycles, Brane Gajic


The Mutant: An Angry BMW R80 by Ironwood Motorcycles

There’s no sign of the popularity of the BMW R-series waning. It’s been massaged and twisted in every direction, and just as we think we’ve seen it all, along comes something that blows our socks off. Case in point: this killer R80 from Arjan van den Boom. Arjan’s shop, Ironwood Custom Motorcycles in Amsterdam, gets regular orders for BMW builds. ‘The Mutant’ is Arjan’s twelfth boxer, and it’s a stark reminder that there are still new and exciting ways to customize an airhead. Since this R8...
Tags: Europe, Porsche, Motorcycles, Amsterdam, Bmw, Honda, Sam, PAUL, Eric, Alcantara, Custom, Leatherman, Brembo, CNC, Rik, Monza


Klassiek: Wang Motorcycles’ take on the BMW G/S enduro

When it comes to scramblers, the original BMW R80 G/S is the real deal. Originally conceived by an engineer who had been fielding an R75/5 in the International Six Days Trial, it eventually went on to rack up four Dakar titles. This dirt-worthy BMW from Wang Motorcycles in the Netherlands channels all that heritage, and more. With key mods that make it more than just an aesthetic exercise, it’s about as perfect a G/S homage as you’ll find. Based smack bang in the middle of The Hague, Wang Mo...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Netherlands, Bmw, Scrambler, Dakar, Wang, Brembo, KTM, Magura, Tomas, Beemer, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, BMW R80, Wang Motorcycles


Diamond Atelier puts the Mark II Series into production

Building custom motorcycles for a living sounds like a dream. Who wouldn’t want to spend all day in the workshop—getting their hands dirty and letting their creativity run wild? The reality is, it takes more than talent and a shed full of tools to create a sustainable business; you need a good head for business too. And despite their tender years, Tom Konecny and Pablo Steigleder of Munich’s Diamond Atelier are two of the most switched on dudes we’ve met. We haven’t heard from Diamond in a w...
Tags: Germany, Diamond, Munich, Motorcycles, Bmw, Tom, Mark II, Kellermann, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Café Racer, BMW R80, Wilbers, Tokico, BMW R100, Firestone Deluxe Champions


Sacrilege? An English-style trials bike with BMW power

Most of the scramblers and trackers we see follow proven recipes. So this vintage trials-inspired BMW R80 RT is a refreshing twist on the dual-sport genre. The look is more British than Bavarian, thanks to an expert makeover by Stephen Bentley. Stephen builds bikes on commission as Dust Custom Motorcycles, out of a “shack at the back” in Lancashire. But this particular bike was a personal project. “The popularity and demand for airheads has meant that I haven’t managed to build one of my ‘ow...
Tags: Ebay, Motorcycles, Bmw, Stephen, Scrambler, Lancashire, Bsa, Mitas, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Motogadget, BMW R80, Tommaselli


Werk Of Art: WalzWerk’s BMW R80 cafe racer

We keep wondering why our inbox is flooded with classic BMWs. Now WalzWerk Racing have provided a clue: you can turn an airhead into just about anything. “We call our BMW series Schizzo,” says owner Marcus Walz, “because it’s schizophrenic how many possibilities there are to build up a bike on the same simple base.” WaltzWerk know better than most: they’ve racked up an impressive eleven Schizzo scramblers this year alone. Now they’ve changed direction with their first Schizzo cafe racer—base...
Tags: Motorcycles, Bmw, Bavaria, Marcus, Harley, Gilles, Brembo, Monza, LSL, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Café Racer, Pforzheim, BMW R80, Ducati Monster


Custom Bikes Of The Week: 21 August, 2016

A KTM 690 Duke given the retro scrambler treatment, Ducati lets Roland Sands loose on the XDiavel, and one of the best BMW airhead customs we’ve ever seen. Meet the machines that revved our engines this week. Ducati XDiavel by RSD Since its launch in 2010, the Diavel family of bikes has always confused me. Its performance has always been second to none, but the Italian muscle bike was just too polarizing in style to be a volume seller. And, in my eyes, it dilutes Ducati’s ‘Ferrari of motorc...
Tags: Google, Ebay, Porsche, Motorcycles, Ducati, Arizona, Tokyo, Honda, North America, Lotus, Monterey, Duke, Bologna, Yamaha, Sachs, Tom


Custom Bikes Of The Week

A sleek Honda Ascot tracker, a murdered-out BMW R100, and a sneak peek at the latest Yamaha Yard Built machine. These are the bikes that revved our engines this week. BMW R100 by K-Speed Garage Bangkok-based K-Speed Garage isn’t going about business in a typical Thai fashion. We’re used to seeing rolling art from SE Asia—but usually based on domestic market bikes, for obvious reasons. K-Speed does cater to the locals, but obviously has a thing for working with rare German boxers too. This la...
Tags: Asia, Spain, Ducati, Bmw, Honda, Zurich, Antoine, Scrambler, Yamaha, Venice Italy, Dakar, Hinckley, Alicante, Beemer, Meister, Heidenau


Custom Bikes Of The Week

A classic Dunstall CB750 up for sale, a wild Honda Ape minibike from Thailand, and a BMW R80 wearing the iconic M Division colors. Check out the machines that revved our engines this week. BMW R80 by Ellaspede There’s a simple elegance that permeates many of the builds coming to us from Ellaspede. Their creations always celebrate function, without hiding it behind form. That tradition continues with this latest build, a street tracker conversion of a BMW R80. ‘EB288’ entered the Brisbane, A...
Tags: Thailand, Ducati, Bmw, Honda, SoFi, Yamaha, Brooklyn NY, Brisbane Australia, Beemer, Lynx, Kawi, Saville Row, Custom Motorcycles, Mont, Ellaspede, Sofi Tsingos