Ton up Garage Sets the Bar for the Café Racer
Café Racers hold a special place for some of us who ride motorcycles. They not only represent the beginning of the modern sport bike, but represent a kind of cool that has long since passed in our current generation of motorcycles. With that in mind, this BMW R80 RT by Ton Up Garage is just about as cool as you can get. This particular BMW R80 RT was a rather special motorcycle even before Ton Up Garage got their greasy hands on it. Dubbed the “Monolever” for its single-sided swing arm, the design was originally used to help reduce unsprung weight and was a unique sight in the mid 1980s. But some 30 years later, the single-sided design helps more to play with the motorcycles aesthetics than its performance. RELATED: Check out the New Deus Ex Machina Sidecar
This particular café racer was built for one of Ton Up’s clients who wanted not only a dark, low profile café style motorcycle, but a daily commuter as well. To achieve that, the motorcycles original rear suspension was hacked off and replaced with a modern pair of springs to improve handling and comfort for the rider. A much smaller instrument cluster was fabricated due to the original being quite bulky and ugly. New indicators, taillights, headlights, and switches were also machined for this custom café racer.
Additionally, a new fuel tank was installed that helps keep the bodylines low and sinister. In terms of looks though, Ton Up also added a set of Firestone Deluxe vintage style tires, a custom rear mudguard, and everything from the exhaust pipes to the engine were painted black. These design features help set this custom café racer apart from all other modified BMW R80 RTs. As a motorcycle enthusiast myself, one particular detail I love is the heat wrapped exhaust. It plays to this bike's rock-a-billy appeal, and gives it an extra level of edginess.
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