Unik Edition is another creative workshop spawned from Portugal’s coastal hotbed of motorcycle customisation.
Two best friends Tiago Gonçalves and Luis Gonçalves only started living their dream relatively recently and this Beemer is their 4th build to date. Deciding on a more flamboyant approach to balance the glut of greyscale R-series that are still so popular.
The guys dragged a very tired and rusty 1982 R65 out of a barn and trailered it back to their workshop to the west of Lisbon. Luis worked his magic with a pencil, sketching a squat bobber silhouette. The most obvious addition is the fuel tank, pinched from a Yamaha Virago 1100, which is set back from the headstock thus leaving more of the frame on display.
The frame itself has the whole rear missing, just two new tabs pick-up the lengthy 390mm Hagon shocks while an extension of the original spine supports the leather cald solo saddle. Lustrous gold paint coats the tubes rather than traditional black powder, echoed by airbrushed gold and black on the spokes of the snowflake cast wheels – a larger 19″ up front and stock 18″ at the rear.
The fork has been lowered 5cm internally and new Brembo calipers and discs fitted as the originals were so corroded. The wiring loom has also been replaced by a neat Motogadget friendly harness with M-Blaze bar end and pin indicators, controlled by M-Button switches. The ignition has been banished from the cockpit and now lives in the redundant airbox thanks to the Bing carbs running K&N pods.
The rebuilt boxer motor sings through a sinewy stainless exhaust system fabricated by Tig-Power, exiting just ahead of the rear Firestone. Rizoma 70mm bar risers and repositioned rearsets alter the sit-up-and-beg ergonomics.
The final piece of the jigsaw was the paint, undertaken by Johnny Ink who, as well as laying down the metal flake green on the tank, also airbrushed a Hedon Hedonist helmet to reflect the wheel and tyre combo.
This article first appeared on The Bike Shed; It’s republished here with permission.