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Custom of the Week: ‘BMW K1100’ by De Angelis Elaborazioni




There’s no doubting that race inspired machinery nearly always look good.

Whether it be a dirt tracker, vintage hillclimber or trials machine, the raw and uncompromising functionality offers that visceral taste of pure engineering. Not a description you’d expect to find preceding a feature on a BMW K Series. There have been loads of attempts to bolt the café racer strapline to K-based builds but the things were nicknamed Flying Bricks for good reason – the flipping great big lump of an engine slung on its side resembles something you’d build a house from, not a track weapon.


Giorgio De Angelis is your typical Roman, he does everything a tearing pace and since he was a bambino he’s raced anything and everything on two wheels. Time catches up with everyone though and now slightly more “mature” Giorgio has decided to impart some of his racing wisdom onto bikes with a bit more character rather than screaming Japanese plastic clad rocketships. He settled on a BMW K1100 LT from 1992 and set about combining style with speed, making sure to leave everything on show, which everyone knows is worth at least two seconds a lap.


A 50mm USD fork with radial calipers sets the scene at the pointy end. The eagle eyed will spot the externally mounted spokes of GS wheels, now sporting Continental rubber. Clipons are by Robby Moto, who supply MotoGP and WSBK teams. They’ll be nice and light then. At the rear a remotely adjustable Öhlins monoshock is on bump soaking-up duties, and not just on billiard table smooth race tracks, this is predominantly a street bike.


With the airbox removed and replaced by alloy velocity stacks the ‘brick suddenly looks more timing sheet tearer than tardy tourer. After all BMW’s M division are renowned for extracting colossal potential from seemingly benign four-bangers. Here, a small logo helps confirm that, perhaps worth another second a lap.

A race-spec EPROM programmable ECU ensures that as much bang as possible is extracted from stock pump fuel whilst a purposeful, slash cut exhaust by SeSfactory lets bystanders know that Giorgio means business. Cooling is by another Italian supplier to the worlds elite, RcRadiators, who’ve fabricated this chunky, double-pass aluminium rad. A meshed side panel with neat fluid level cutout shields the less pretty side of the engine’s ancillaries.


The dash is minimal and the wiring harness paired back to save weight, and fuss. Simple LED’s should either placate or blind any interested Carabinieri.

The svelte tail section was fabricated from aluminium and topped with an M-Sport liveried leather and Alcantara saddle by CLRacing. The paint scheme is unmistakable but it somehow looks a bit faster with a matt finish.


LaDina is Giorgio’s tribute to himself, in a non arrogant way. A celebration perhaps of a racy youth inspiring the chrysalis into distinguished customiser. Whatever, this is one Flying Brick we’d love to see closer to us at Brands Hatch rather than as photographed here at Vallelunga. Then again, it’d be raining and the photos would have turned out rubbish.

Article first published on The Bike Shed; Republished here with explicit permission.

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Custom of the Week: Yamaha SR500 ‘Scrambler’ by Daniel Peter




SCRAMBLERS ARE A HOT TOPIC. Build one, and you’re sure to be judged solely by how well equipped it is for hardcore off-piste use.

But that’s not all that scramblers are about. Daniel Peter compares his latest build to his childhood BMX—and it’s pretty much how we feel about modern-day scramblers too.

“When I was four years old, my BMX bike became my life,” he explains. “It was so simple, yet so fun. Just wheels, pedals and brakes. I’d ride it to the beach, jump a few curbs along the way, race my friends. Those were the good days.”

“30 years later, I set out to build a motorcycle based on the same principles. There’s nothing on this bike that doesn’t need to be there. It has wheels, a punchy engine and great brakes. I didn’t even put a speedo on it, because I never looked at the one on my last bike.”

Daniel works as a photographer in Chicago, but wrenches during the winter to keep his passion for riding alive. He keeps a workshop in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood, outfitted with a tool cabinet, a welder, and a 1940s South Bend lathe.

This 1978-model Yamaha SR500 is the fourth Yamaha 500 he’s built to date. “It’s the most simple, yet the most thorough, of the bunch,” he says.

The motor’s been bumped to 540 cc, with a grocery list of go-fast bits that includes a lighter XT500 crank, a new piston from JE and a Megacycle cam for better torque down low.

R&D valve springs with titanium caps, a Powerdynamo ignition and a high-flow oil pump from Kedo round out the package.

Hoos Racing refreshed the crank and cut new valve seats for Daniel, but he tackled the rest of the rebuild himself. Every single bearing and seal was replaced along the way too. As for the carb, it’s been swapped out for a 39 mm Keihin FCR flatslide number, fed by a fat K&N filter.

The exhaust system is a combination of a custom made stainless steel header, and a Cone Engineering muffler.

The SR rolls on 17” supermoto wheels, borrowed from a KTM (front) and a Honda CRF450 (rear). They’re wrapped in Pirelli MT60 Corsa tread; a 120 up front, and a chunky 160 on the 5” rear rim. (“It juuust fits,” says Daniel.)

The brakes have been upgraded with a mix of Brembo and Beringer parts, with an RCS 14 radial master cylinder up front.

On top is an aluminum Yamaha XT500 fuel tank, wrapped in a paint scheme “inspired by an unforgettable riding trip through Baja.” Just behind it is a new saddle from MotoLanna, with a new kicked-up subframe loop.

It’s just about spring in Chicago, so Daniel must be itching to rack up the miles on his SR500. And we’re betting it’s going to be impossible to get him off it.

A version of this article first appeared on Bike Exif. It’s republished here with permission.

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Icon claim back the streets in their latest, epic video



Street’s Not Dead.

Regular readers will know that we eagerly await anything released from the US streetwear firm Icon Motorsports. So the moment that a video drops from the Portland firm we’re bound to pay attention.

That’s an interest piqued double when they post it alongside what is essentially a call to arms…

“Street’s not dead. If you think it went away, you’d be wrong. Street’s still here undermining pompous authority, rejecting standards, and bucking the status quo..”

And they’re not kidding either. With the Icon clad rider thrashing their Kawasaki ZX-10R through city streets, car parks and even a public fountain at one point, there’s a lot to take in.

Couple that with their usual loud, Icon style and you’ve certainly got a statement of intent.

(Don’t try this at home kids).



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