The 80s-era BMW K100 is a fairly unexciting dad-bike built for reliable road cruising. But, now that it’s reached middle age, it’s becoming a popular, affordable custom platform. Italy’s Unit Garage is now offering garage-build kits that convert the K100 into a classic 70s style scrambler, with a high-exit 4-into-1 exhaust, a shortened seat assembly, bobbed fenders, moto bars, Dakar-style graphics and more. via
You can tell the cop it’s “technically a bike” and it is. See the pedals? But with it’s tuned 49-cc (or optional 125-cc motor) this “bike” is gonna get you there quick. The whole thing is overbuilt to handle the speed & support weight of the drivetrain: adjustable forks, 4-piston hydraulic brakes, & 3-inch wide rims. A rear rack is built for carrying cargo & additional fuel to take you up to 300 miles without hitting a gas station.
For 90 years, Ducati has been setting the standard in Italian motorcycle design. To celebrate their 90th, they’ve built a limited edition birthday bike: a 1299 Panigale S Anniversario, featuring the race-tuned 205 HP SuperQuadro 1285cc engine, retro racing graphics, & gold Marchesini rims. Only 500 of these bikes will be made.
Brooklyn-based custom bike builder Stefano Venier turned his hand to Moto Guzzi’s popular modern classic, the V7. His subtle but stunning re-do cleaned up the clunkier bits of this Italian 750. His tweaks included new aluminum bodywork, an elongated tank and seat, as well as a shaved rear fender with a stealth, integrated LED tail light. Fresh rubber & new forks, plus a bit of blacking-out here & there. via
To celebrate the 80th anniversary of a certified classic, BMW Motorrad has created a beautiful homage concept bike that captures the look of the 1936 R5 by blending old-school engineering with modern technology.
A bobbed and cafe’d full-size Harley is unfortunately a pretty rare sight. Especially one as properly proportioned as this FX Super-Glide built by James Roper-Caldbeck. Stripped down, lowered, fitted with a custom mini-fairing, exhaust and tail section, along with a power-boosting Super Stock ignition system, he finished the 80s-inspired build with a sporty black/silver/red paint scheme. via
Munich’s Diamond Atelier is a custom garage specializing in low, lean, no BS builds. Their limited edition Mark II series is based on a BMW 2-valve Monolever generation bike with either an 800 or 1000cc motor. Then comes frame mods, a custom fabbed tail section, lower forks, and loads of other style & performance options. Only 10 Mark II bikes will be made.
With its sporty 689cc parallel twin, Yamaha’s FZ-07 makes a versatile platform for customization. Taipei’s Rough Crafts workshop took it to the limit with their muscular, matte-grey Onyx Blade. A completely custom-built tank, tail & front end section, new adjustable front shocks & stacks of other custom bits turned a stock, mid-weight street bike into a mean, traffic dodging machine. via
Designed for the serious rider, the water-tight, 25-liter Speedway roll-top pack from Velomacchi keeps your cargo close to your center of gravity and features a 3-point rotating harness & a torso size adjustment cam lock system. A magnetic sternum coupler provides hands-free closure & the shoulder straps tuck away when not in use.
For the newest 1200cc member of the Sportster family, Harley ditched the chrome and tweaked the tech & performance specs. The frame rake is slightly steeper & the front end got a set of 43mm inverted forks & dual disks. For deeper lean angles, they gave the Roadster more clearance and suspension travel. Black cast aluminum wheels and engine cases finish this factory-custom bare knuckle build.