This Custom BMW R100RS Cafe Racer is Beautiful in Blue
These days, the prettiest shapes on two wheels are most often custom-built cafe racers. And after seeing this custom build from brothers Diego and Riccardo Coppiello, of Italy’s North East Custom, it ranks pretty high up there. Crafted from a vintage BMW R100RS, this cafe racer melds its classic lines with a touch of modern style, and though it may look as if it were designed over 30 years ago, the cycle has undergone some significant surgery in its modern day transformation. While its tank, engine, wheels, and much of its chassis remain—the former of which comes dressed in a lustrous Royal Blue hue with red accents—the BMW’s original large fairing has clearly left the building, as have its front fender and headlight support. Interestingly, the new support comes courtesy of a Honda Four. RELATED: See More Photos of this BMW R100RS Cafe Racer
Going from Japan to Italy now, the original R100RS front fork has since been replaced too, and according to Bike EXIF, it now boasts a racier unit plucked from a Ducati Multistrada. The racy suspension modifications continue around back too, where a new central shock attaches to the rear swing arm, replacing the standard dual shocks. Simpler, less cluttered, and aggressive. It’s a clean look for sure.
Splayed out mid-ship resides BMW Motorrad’s familiar two-cylinder boxer engine, which is said to have been given a healthy update as well. It now breathes easier too on both ends, sucking air through a pair of exposed K&N filters and exhaling out of a low-slung dual pipe exhaust.
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A set of hallmark clip-on handlebars find their way onto the cafe racer, and they complement a cleanly designed yoke with integrated lights and switchgear. Out back, the definitive humped rear seat is said to be a custom unit too, and it finds room for a lithium ion battery beneath.
All in all, it’s a stunning build. And while it may be beautiful in blue, it might leave you feeling green with envy too.
Photo Credit: North East Custom, Fragment
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