BMW cafe racers, scramblers and bobbers
A selection of the best BMW-based customs, from the original R-series to the latest R nineT. Get inspiration from these BMW cafe racer, scrambler and bobber…
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This sporty K-series BMW from Bolt Motor Co. goes as good as it looks. It features Öhlins forks, Brembo brakes and M-inspired paint, as specced by the client.
Our favorite paint job from this year's Handbuilt Show belongs to this luscious BMW R80. It was built by Eli Carver from a $50 donor bike, and painted by Leach Custom Cycles. [Image by Ana Valdez Carver]
It's hard to put a fresh spin on the venerable BMW boxer, but Gas&Retro has. This R65 features all-new aluminum bodywork, forged carbon fiber trim, and a bump up to 890 cc. [Image by Rok Plešnar]
There's a difference between customizing a bike, and re-engineering it. Ben Norton prefers the latter — probably because his day job is as an engineer for a works Formula One team. Dubbed the BMW R100X, this highly-upgraded BMW R80R is inch-perfect. [Image by Christopher Bailey]
The BMW R45's biggest issue is its power to weight ratio. Not an issue for Spain's Bolt Motor Co., who put the baby boxer on a diet and treated it to a stunning makeover. Featured in this week's Speed Read, live now on BikeEXIF.com.
This tasteful BMW R80ST from Renard Speed Shop is fresher than a spring meadow. It's an exercise in maximum restrain, using mostly OEM parts from various BMWs.
The BMW HP2 Sport is pretty special, so people aren't exactly lining up to customize them. This one had been crashed though, leaving it in dire need of new bodywork — and Cherry's Company was all too happy to oblige.
Aircraft-themed motorcycles have the potential to look cheesy, but VTR Customs knows how to do them right. This R18 draws inspiration from the Junkers Ju 52 commercial plane, right down to the 1930s Lufthansa paint job.
This BMW R nineT Urban G/S from Spain puts the Gelände in Gelände/Straße. Monduke Moto gave it bigger wheels, upgraded suspension and a vintage BMW fuel tank.
The wily custom builder, XTR Pepo, teamed up with a new Spanish shop, 911 MX Factory, to turn the monstrous BMW R18 into a café racer. Talk about a match made in heaven.
72 HKG Performance left no stone unturned on this brilliant BMW K75 custom build. Created for a sushi chef, it scores high on style and performance — starting with a set of beefy Öhlins forks from an Aprilia RSV4 Factory and Brembo Serie Oro radial calipers on 320mm rotors.
Buenos Aires is one of the world's most congested cities—making it perfect for smaller-displacement, highly agile bikes that can slice through crowded streets. Like this custom BMW G310R street tracker—designed for commuting—from the team at STG Tracker.
Deus’ head wrench, Jeremy Tagand, was briefed to turn a 2014-model R nineT into a trimmed-down custom with classic style and modern tech. He's applied a radical reworking of the BMW’s silhouette, plus a smattering of upgraded parts. The tank, incidentally, is from a 1980s Suzuki GS1100.
This is probably the first time anyone has converted the monster BMW R18 boxer into a chopper. And subtle it ain't. Top marks to Nick Acosta and his Toronto-based shop, Augment Motorworks—he's pulled out all the stops.
The Munich-based workshops Motoism and Impuls have combined to create this ultra-sharp custom BMW K100 — reinterpreting classic café racer concepts in a retro-futuristic style.
The latest Kingston Custom project takes the modern BMW R18 back in time. This bobber is totally analog: no fuel injection, no ABS, and no rider modes.
Vintage style meets modern performance in this well-tuned BMW R75/5. It comes from restomod genius Robert Sabel of Roughchild in L.A., and features a R100R engine, plus Öhlins, Brembo and Motogadget parts.
This is the first time that the custom shop Auto Fabrica has worked on a bonafide enduro bike—so this project was never going to be mild. Designated the ‘Type 17,’ the build was commissioned by a client who chose one of Auto Fabrica's more extreme concepts. It had originally been penned for a KTM enduro, but the client wanted something more unconventional—so they settled on a 2009-model BMW G450X.
You can never have too much of a good thing. Congratulations to Marcus Walz and WalzWerk Motorcycles on reaching the incredible milestone of 1,000 custom builds. This stunning BMW R100 is the bike to mark that achievement, and a limited run of 32 will be built.
This BMW R100R from Niks Motorcycles is a considerable departure from the original. But it’s not just a looker—it also hides a neat party trick. As per the client’s brief, this boxer can go from bobber to passenger-friendly at the drop of a hat. It's also hiding a 1,000 cc Siebenrock high-compression piston kit, for a discreet slug of extra power.
This is no ordinary airhead—just check the Earles-type forks with dual Öhlins shocks. Frenchman Sébastien Beaupère even built a custom motor for it, with parts from a BMW R69 and a BMW 700 car—including a custom crankcase and the 4-speed gearbox.
Firefighter Chris Scholtka builds custom BMWs in his spare time. This new K75 is minimalist and modern, and sports a Kawasaki ZX-10R front end—including its forks, brakes, clip-ons and three-spoke alloy wheel.
Renard Speed Shop mixes classic style and modern tech to create the ultimate boxer café racer. And they'll happily build you a BMW R100 just like this, to your spec.
There are three customs by Dirk Oehlerking in the Haas Museum. But when Bobby Haas unexpectedly passed away, a fourth was awaiting completion. And here it finally is: the longest custom BMW boxer we’ve ever seen, with an elongated full-body fairing hand-formed out of 2 mm thick aluminum.
Jérémie Duchampt has a knack for building svelte café racers out of bikes with massive power plants. This time he’s worked his magic on one of the chunkiest motors out there: the BMW K100. We love the Alpine Blue livery too, borrowed from Renault’s catalog.