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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


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


The BMW G650 Xcountry reimagined as a street tracker

If you ask us, the BMW G650 Xcountry was ahead of its time. First released in 2007, it encapsulated the tracker vibe that’s so hot right now—but the market wasn’t ready, and it wasn’t a big seller. So BMW soon dropped it from their lineup, along with the other two G650X models. Which is a real pity, because it’s a cracking bike; a compact 652 cc thumper that makes 53 hp and 60 Nm, and weighs 344 lbs wet. And with its pseudo-retro styling, it would sit nicely in the mix between bikes like the ...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Ducati, Bristol, Bmw, Georg, Holger, Gelsenkirchen Germany, LSL, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Leo Vince, Street Tracker, BMW scrambler, Scramblers, Georg Godde


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


TOMA #22: A BMW R1150GS for an expert adventure rider

At the risk of stating the obvious, some bikes are easier to customize than others. Pick a Triumph Bonneville or Harley Sportster, and you’ve got decades of knowledge to plunder on the forums. Choose a BMW R nineT and you’ll find lots of bits that come off without a grinder. And if you’ve got a Yamaha SR in your garage, there are literally thousands of parts available via Japanese online marketplaces. If you want to make your life really difficult, though, a BMW GS is the bike for you. Even t...
Tags: France, Motorcycles, Brussels, Bmw, Thomas, Yamaha, Dakar, Bernard, Stéphane Peterhansel, Toma, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Harley Sportster, Braine, BMW scrambler, Adrien Van Beveren


Multinational: A British Racing Green BMW from California

Any project worth doing has a few challenges along the way. This tidy BMW R75/5 started out as a true basket case, and took almost five years to complete—but judging by the results, it was time well spent. The builder, Josh Withers, agrees. He’s a photographer based in Culver City, California, who tinkers on old airheads when he’s not shooting. And now that he’s finally wrapped up work on the BMW, he’s pleased to report it’s “completely sorted, and a blast to ride.” “A guy from Michigan c...
Tags: California, Motorcycles, Italy, Michigan, Bmw, Josh, Culver City California, Bates, Denali, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Motogadget, Restomod, BMW scrambler, BMW R75, Scramblers


Is it time BMW offered an R nineT ‘Dakar’ variant?

When it comes to racing, BMW is all about superbikes these days. But until the turn of the century, the Bavarians were pretty successful offroad too. BMW pilots such as Hubert Auriol and Gaston Rahier were regulars on Paris-Dakar Rally podiums. BMW doesn’t lean too heavily on its Dakar history, but it’s a popular theme for custom builders. And this very smart Urban G/S from Thailand makes us wish that BMW would build something similar—a spiritual follow-up to the F650GS Dakar launched 20 yea...
Tags: Thailand, Motorcycles, Paris, EK, Bmw, Bangkok, Exif, Dakar, Dakar Rally, Wunderlich, Paris Dakar, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, BMW R nineT, Hubert Auriol, USA Italy


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


Basket Case Boxer: A BMW R90S converted into an enduro

Customizing an older bike is always a risk. There’s the custom work to do, but there’s also the arduous task of fixing all the parts that have inevitably worn down or rusted out over time. And there’s no telling how extensive that restoration work will be, until you get your hands dirty. This 1976 BMW R90S was in a seriously bad way when Ralf Eggl got his hands on it: its previous owner parked it in his shed 12 years ago when it stopped running, and didn’t touch it ever again. To make matters...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Switzerland, Bmw, Bavaria, Continental, Lucas, Ralph, Ralf, Beemer, Hella, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, BMW R90, BMW scrambler, Scramblers


Euro style, down under: Ellaspede’s BMW R100R

In the thriving world of BMW R-series customization, there’s a strong design trend in Europe that hasn’t taken off in other countries yet. The core features are a floating single seat, chunky tires, small guards, lots of black, offset lights and super clean lines. Builds from the Amsterdam shop Ironwood are the perfect example. The style hasn’t made it down under to the big Australian shops—until now. Ellaspede’s latest build hits a bulls-eye on the European style, with a crisp and understate...
Tags: Europe, Australia, Motorcycles, Amsterdam, Brisbane, Sam, Scrambler, Continental, Brembo, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Ellaspede, Motogadget, Grimeca, BMW R100, Hughan Seary


Thor: A next-level R nineT Urban G/S from Sweden

Using a BMW R nineT Urban G/S as a base, this blacked-out and carbon-fiber clad scrambler mixes craftsmanship with a generous helping of post-apocalyptic style. ‘Thor’ is the work of Anton Knutsson of Injustice Customs, who decided to reinvent the classic ‘desert sled’ look for the colder, muddier climate of Sweden. Anton started Injustice Customs in 2016, but his love of motorcycles goes much further back. His father was a European four-stroke dirt bike champ, and Anton followed in his ti...
Tags: UK, Sweden, Motorcycles, Alps, Bmw, Thor, Volvo, Scrambler, Stockholm, Gothenburg, Anton, Susanna, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, BMW R nineT, Beringer


Shakedown 1979: Hookie’s super-practical BMW R100

The battle between form and function rages on a daily basis in the custom scene. As much as we hate to admit it, some customs are destined to spend their lives on display, or seldom ridden. But for every show pony, there’s a workhorse out there. Like this thoroughly practical—yet still handsome—classic BMW boxer from Hookie Co. ‘Racoon’ is based on a 1979 BMW R100/7, and was built with reliability and day-to-day performance topping the brief. “Nothing special,” says shop boss, Nico. “No en...
Tags: Motorcycles, Dresden, Scrambler, Continental, Nico, Brembo, Richmond VA, Beemer, Kellermann, LSL, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Motogadget, Biltwell Inc, Hookie Co, BMW R100


Boys and their toys: A BMW G310 from VTR

As the dedicated custom arm of a premium BMW motorcycle dealer in Switzerland, VTR Customs is used to working on high-end Bavarian machinery. We’ve seen a number of classy BMW R nineTs roll out of their shop, and their race bikes are a regular fixture at European 1/8 mile sprint races. So why on Earth would they customize BMW’s littlest ‘adventure commuter’—the entry-level G310 GS? According to shop boss, Dani Weidman; for fun. “In a country with the highest population of BMW M Series cars...
Tags: Motorcycles, Switzerland, Bmw, Scrambler, Nico, Dani, VTR, Kellermann, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, VTR Customs, Yves Knobel, Benken, Freuler, BMW scrambler, Dani Weidman


This BMW R nineT is a homage to Rickman Métisse

In the world of vintage desert sleds, the Rickman Triumph Métisse reigns supreme. It was a pretty legit scrambler in its day, and also one of best-looking motorcycles from that era. For VTR Customs boss Dani Weidmann, though, there’s an even deeper connection. Back in the 80s, 17-year-old Dani took an apprenticeship at a company called Meier & Lutziger—the Swiss importer of Rickman frames and parts. Dani fell in love with the classy design of these throwback sleds. When the VTR Customs cr...
Tags: Motorcycles, Bmw, Scrambler, Continental, Rickman, Dani, Stefano, Magura, VTR, Kellermann, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, BMW R nineT, Wilbers, Brauchli, VTR Customs


A Cautionary Tale: Inheriting a BMW R100GS project

Love ’em or hate ’em, BMW’s GS behemoths have dominated the ADV market for almost four decades now. Five years ago, the 500,000th GS rolled off the Berlin production line, and we’re betting it won’t be long before the go-anywhere boxer hits the million mark. We don’t see many GS customs, though. These machines are a triumph of function over form, and most owners like it that way. So this R100GS is something of a rarity—and its backstory is rather strange too. It belongs to Hasselblad Mas...
Tags: Berlin, Motorcycles, Bmw, Portland Oregon, Denver, Brembo, KTM, Woody, Walt, Gregor, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Walt Siegl, BMW R100, Gregor Halenda, BMW scrambler


New from Diamond Atelier: The ‘Groot’ BMW scramblers

In the premier league of custom builders, Diamond Atelier’s place is secure. The sleek creations of the Munich workshop look better than most factory-built show bikes—and they’re perfectly usable too. But Tom Konecny and Pablo Steigleder don’t just design one-offs. Their ‘Mark II’ BMW café racers are in limited production, offering a faster and more affordable way to obtain that Diamond Atelier magic. And they’ve now just launched another ‘family’ of limited production BMWs, a series of styli...
Tags: Facebook, Munich, Motorcycles, Bmw, Scrambler, Continental, Tom, CNC, Pablo, Tony Stark, Viktoria, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Mikuni, Motogadget, Hedon


Brutal BMW: A rare custom R1100 RS from Malaysia

There are a few bikes out there, a tiny handful, that have slipped under the custom radar. BMW’s mighty R1100 RS sport tourer is one of them: despite over 26,000 leaving the factory in the 90s, it seems to have been mostly ignored by builders. Maybe that’s because the Telelever/Paralever suspension is hard to modify. Or maybe the huge plastic shroud of bodywork is off-putting. That hasn’t deterred Beautiful Machines of Malaysia, though: they’ve just delivered one of the most extreme BMWs ...
Tags: Malaysia, Motorcycles, Bmw, Jeremy, Dakar, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Beautiful Machines, El Solitario, BMW scrambler, Beautiful Machines of Malaysia, Petaling Beautiful Machines, Beautiful Machines Facebook


Brutal BMW: A bonkers custom R1100 RS from Malaysia

There are a few bikes out there, a tiny handful, that have slipped under the custom radar. BMW’s mighty R1100 RS sport tourer is one of them: despite over 26,000 leaving the factory in the 90s, it seems to have been mostly ignored by builders. Maybe that’s because the Telelever/Paralever suspension is hard to modify. Or maybe the huge plastic shroud of bodywork is off-putting. That hasn’t deterred Beautiful Machines of Malaysia, though: they’ve just delivered one of the most extreme BMWs ...
Tags: Malaysia, Motorcycles, Bmw, Jeremy, Dakar, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Beautiful Machines, El Solitario, BMW scrambler, Beautiful Machines of Malaysia, Petaling Beautiful Machines, Beautiful Machines Facebook


Plug and Play: A scrambler kit for the BMW R nine T

One of the BMW R nineT’s biggest strengths is its modular construction. You can unbolt the rear part of the frame, and unplug sections of the wiring harness without bricking the electronics. It’s good news for pro builders, and even better news for weekend warriors who want to change things up without too much sweat. The German custom shop Hookie Co. has now exploited this feature with a sharp new scrambler kit for the BMW R nineT. And the bike you see here can be built in an afternoon by any...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Bmw, Honda, Scrambler, Nico, Alcantara, Bates, Kellermann, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, BMW R nineT, Metzeler Karoo, Nico Muller, Hookie Co, Antigravity Lithium


Coyote: How to turn the BMW R nineT into a desert sled

Most factory ‘scramblers’ are more about style than actual off-road ability. And that even includes the BMW R nineT Urban G/S: although it includes the famed Gelände/Straße designation, we wouldn’t take it too far off the beaten track. But for Karles Vives, ability is everything. He’s the founder of the Spanish custom shop Fuel Bespoke Motorcycles, and organizer of the 2,500 km ‘Scram’ tour that happens in North Africa. So when BMW Motorrad Spain gave Fuel a brand new Urban G/S to modify, ...
Tags: Facebook, Spain, Atlantic, Motorcycles, Bmw, Scrambler, Harley Davidson, Continental, North Africa, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, SW Motech, BMW R nineT, Fuel Bespoke Motorcycles, Karles Vives, Karles