CRD116 is one of the latest creations of CRD, a figure that gives us an idea of the trajectory of the brand. This is a bike that flirts between Cafe Racer and brat style, a term that incidentally comes from the name that the Japanese customizer Go Takamine gave to his first workshop in Tokyo and that refers to this type of bike, which have no tail, are muscular and often use small headlights to contrast with her figure. The base comes from a BMW R 100, 1982. In this case the client was looking for this style and with his ideas the team designed him a custom bike, which has differentiating elements such as a inverted fork in the front and a two-post seat in the rear.
The 979 cc boxer engine, as always, has been updated by dismantling it in irder to make the necessary maintenance to make it work as it did almost four decades ago. Exhausts with short output have been put on her, they make a very nice sound thats is not excessive while riding. The air filter box has been replaced by a two oval K&N, so you can hear the intake and exhaust, and even “smell” this engine when you’re idling on the bike.
This gives you a feeling before you even start. The license plate holder integrates very well in the rear part of the bike also thanks to a small headlight that comes out of the end of the seat. Here we also see the symmetry of the exhausts, cylinders and mirrors that get a communion of their lines, whether you look at it from the front or from the rear. The leather seat is hand-stitched with the CRD logo. The small headlamp is combined with an auxiliary one located in the fender, which makes it recognizable at night. And a Motogadget kit is used on the instrumentation and buttons which is very well integrated into the handlebar. And of course, on a bike of this design, you get to ride on classic Firestone Deluxe Champion tires.
The 43 mm inverted fork comes from a Suzuki GSX-R1000 with antifriction treatment included, which gives the performance of a sports bike in terms of damping and braking resistance. Something important since the four-piston radial brake calipers of the Suzuki have also been mounted. A set of Hagon shock absorbers has been installed at the rear, with the springs powder-coated in gold. A treatment that has also been applied to the fork bottles, brake calipers, exhaust flanges, exhaust manifold threads and the part that holds the upper stem. This decoration is another of the distinctive points of CRD116. The paint treatment is really good because powder paint has been used on the parts that are most exposed to wear.
To achieve the color scheme both the owner and the design team of CRD have worked hand in hand until the final result, where those golden elements are integrated in harmony with the engine, the chassis and wheels painted in black, the tank in green and the seat and grips in brown. Although the colors are there to please and each is subjective to choose them to their liking, this BMW is inevitably associated with elegance. And as Juan López from CRD says: “we don’t worry about the details, we take care of them”. In motion is a bike with a somewhat sporty stance thanks to the Renthal Low handlebar, with a very solid front end that gives a sense of rigidity and allows you to use the power of the brakes without problems, plus the thrust and sound of the boxer makes you enjoy it when you wear it as well as when you watch it.
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- Base Model > BMW R100/7 T
- Year > 1982
- Construction > CRD
- Time > 10 weeks
- Carburetors > Bing
- Air Filter > K&N oval
- Exhaust > Trumpet
- Suspension > Hagon
- Fork > GSX-R 1000
- Headlight > 5” ¾
- Handlebar > Renthal Ultra Low
- Buttons > Motogadget push-button compact M12
- Speedometer > Motogadget motoscope tiny
- Handgrips > Biltwell
- Front Brake > 320 mm discs with Tokico calipers
- Gas Tank > Original
- Subframe > CRD two-seater
- Seat > Leather
- Tyres > Firestone Deluxe 4.00
- Mudguards, License Plate Bracket, Light > CRD
- Paint Design > CRD