Minimalism, exceptional finish, outstanding components, and exquisite taste. These are just some of the aspects that characterize the machines produced by Cafe Racer Dreams. But each of its creations shows a clear evolution and each new bike leaves the shop with a more assured and certain touch. Clearly, experience is the best teacher and CRD is taking advantage to the full.
Proof of this perfectionism is #CRD127, a motorcycle produced at the express request of a client in Valencia. The project began with a 1982 BMW R 100 RS, one of the most advanced bikes of its time, with 70 HP running up to 7,000 rpm, able to exceed a top speed of 190 km/h. From the original bike, #CRD127 retains the original 979 cc boxer engine, the double-cradle steel chassis, alloyed wheels, and the 24-liter gas tank. All other components are either created by Cafe Racer Dreams or sourced from respected suppliers.
As is often the case, Cafe Racer Dreams searched for a special color for the gas tank. To give this bike a unique look they created a mix of matte ‘petroleum blue’ with a dash of ‘Rolls Royce blue’. The result is spectacular, especially with the slightly rough finish. On the rest of the bike, you have to look close to see any color other than black which, depending on the component, was applied using different systems and tones. The seat is another eye-catcher: a two-up seat from CRD adapted perfectly to the sub-chassis and covered in top quality, 3.5 mm cowhide.
As mentioned, #CRD127 retains the original boxer engine, rebuilt and restored good as new. The externals, cardan shaft included, received an electrostatic powder coating in satin black. The Bing carburetors were also fully restored and painted black but in this case, received a ceramic coating known as “Cerakote”. The intake and pipes were also modified. The original air filter box was replaced with oval, high-flow air filters from K&N. Similarly, the two factory mufflers were replaced with a pair of smaller and shorter Trumpet Muffler Black pipes.
The front of the bike is where most changes were made. Of the original 1982 R100 RS, only the 19” alloy wheels were kept. Now the front end is much sportier and modern with inverted adjustable Showa forks and a set of double disc 320 mm brakes, four-piston Tokico radial calipers, Nissin pump, and non-stretch Teflon brake cables. On top, there is a custom-made monoblock yoke in CNC aluminum, the same material used in MotoGP. This was machined by Cafe Racer Dreams and incorporates the Motogadget Tiny speedometer. The turrets are also incorporated into the yoke to support the Renthal handlebars, fitted with Motogadget Mini switches, Domino grips, and indicators on the ends by Rizoma. Another notable addition is the large 19 cm headlight held to the forks with customized supports by CRD. The front lighting is completed with a second headlight anchored to the right side. The front fender was also created by CRD, following the minimalist style of the whole.
In the back, #CRD127 has YSS G-Top Black shock absorbers with an external gas reservoir. The custom plate holder by Cafe Racer Dreams continues the minimalist line along with the Rizoma indicators and the Old School rear light. Both the front and rear wheels are fitted with traditional Shinko E270 road tires that add to the classic look of the bike.
To sum up, the #CRD127 combines exclusivity, aesthetic appeal, and a classic image. At the same time, this bike is perfect for everyday use, responsive and reliable on the accelerator with a comfortable riding posture.
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- Base Model > BMW R100 RS
- Year > 1982
- Construction > CRD
- Time > 6 weeks
- Carburetors > Bing
- Air Filter > K&N oval
- Exhaust >Trumpet
- Suspension > YSS G-Top
- Fork > Showa multi-adjustable
- Headlight > 190 mm
- Handlebar > Renthal Ultra Low
- Buttons > Motogadget mo.switch mini
- Speedometer > Motogadget motoscope tiny
- Handgrips > Magura
- Front Brake > 320 discs with Tokico calipers
- Gas Tank > Original
- Subframe > CRD two-seater
- Seat > Leather
- Tyres > Shinko E270
- Mudguards, License Plate Bracket, Light > CRD
- Paint Design > CRD
- Top Yoke > CRD with built-in speedometer