Striking designs, razor-sharp lines, black tones, and cutting edge components combined with a classic style are the hallmarks of the creations from Cafe Racer Dreams, and #CRD126, a 1980 BMW R 100 RS, continues the legend. This machine’s final destination will be Paris, France, where it will become a part of a great collection of custom motorcycles of a CRD client. And so, considering the profile of the future owner, and how could it be otherwise, the demands for this project were extremely high.
The initial idea was to create a bike with a very clean and together style with all the elegance of cool simplicity. For this, there is a Motogadget Tiny installed in the headlight to blend smoothly into the front end. The same is true of the microswitches and polished aluminum rearview mirrors, also from Motogadget. In this case, the idea was to have a classic aesthetic line and so there are conventional RS forks, totally rebuilt as per Cafe Racer Dreams, for firmer performance. The same is true for the brakes which maintain the original look with single-piston calipers but with metal brake lines, Brembo disks, and cylinders. The shortened fender bellowed forks and studded tires give the front end of this custom machine loads of personality.
The black gas tank has two pin lines in silver at the request of the client and that match other elements of the bike finished in the same color except for the carburetors. The open Cerakote-treated Trumpet exhausts give an extra dash of style, as do the DB-killers by Cafe Racer Dreams, and the exhaust wrap on the collectors.
The compact back end has a number of distinctive elements but the star is undoubtedly the solo seat in heavily stitched 3mm cowhide used for horse saddles, with the added touch of the keychain also in the same material as the seat. And to follow the same clean design as the front end, the customized plateholder houses the cables of the rear lights, another step forward in customized CRD finishes. The Hagon shock absorbers, also in black, complete the dynamic aesthetics of the rear end and while the Tarozzi footpegs match the solo seat, the low handlebars give a riding posture very different from the original bike. Another novelty is the GPS tracker to locate the bike with a telephone app, a modern gadget that doesn’t alter the vintage feel of this machine. This bike is no doubt a great new addition to the owner’s collection.
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- Base Model > BMW R100RS
- Year > 1980
- Construction > CRD
- Time > 8 weeks
- Carburetors > Bing
- Air Filter > Original
- Exhaust > Trumpet with CRD removable dB Killer
- Subframe > CRD
- Suspension > Hagon
- Fork > Original
- Headlight > 190 mm
- Handlebar > Renthal Ultra Low
- Starter > Motogadet Micro
- Speedometer > Motogadget Tiny
- Handgrips > Motogadget M-Grip
- Front Tyre > Continental TKC 80
- Gas Tank > Original
- Seat > CRD Single-Seater in leather
- Back Tyre > Continental TKC 80
- Paint Design > CRD