CLASSIC BMW BOXERS are still über-popular as custom donors—but there’s a downside.
As we’ve seen with the Honda CB750 and the Harley-Davidson Sportster, airhead Beemer builds are all starting to look the same.
So what does it take to build something fresh—without going overboard? You need a client and a builder who are both tired of the me-too BMWs flooding the market, and have a taste for classic beauty. Then you have a winner, like this elegant R60/7 from Vintage Addiction Motorcycles.
This dapper 1978 airhead belongs to a gentleman who collects vintage BMWs, but wanted something ‘alternative’ in his garage. And the Spanish workshop was happy to oblige.
Vintage Addiction is actually just one man, Carlos, a talented car mechanic who has turned his hand to bikes. Based in the coastal Catalan town of Arenys de Mar, near Barcelona, Carlos left fulltime employment a couple of years ago to open the VAC shop full-time. Or, as he puts it: “to dedicate myself to my passion and what makes me happy.”
Carlos had a clear vision in mind for the slash-7: a classic look, with a single seat and modern electronics. “After seeing many designs,” he says, “we did not want to do the typical ‘mono-square’ BMW look that’s been all over Europe lately. There’s been a fever, or a plague, of this look.”
“This R60/7 does not have big modifications, or a big engine with many horses, or big brakes. It does not need to boast: it is a simple and clean motorcycle, with all its original components, that works perfectly for a nice Sunday ride.”
The speedo mount is especially interesting—it’s been welded to the front of the fuel tank, rather than bolted in. As for the tank itself, it’s a 8.5 liter (2.2 gallon) aftermarket item designed for Harleys, which Carlos adapted to fit the BMW.
“The tank gives an ‘air’ to this classic custom motorcycle,” he says. “Very disruptive and elegant at the same time.”
Just behind the tank is a gorgeous custom-made seat, upholstered in a dimpled fabric matched to the grips. The subframe underneath has been modified, but not with the usual cut-n-loop design that we’re used to seeing. There’s a new rear fender too, tucked in close to the frame.
The boxer’s stance has been tweaked substantially: Carlos has installed a 21” wheel up front, and an 18” out back, lacing new rims to the stock hubs.
For the color, he picked a classic blue hue from the 50s—common on old Fords or Volkswagens. A set of gloves in a leather glove latch offer up a final touch, courtesy of Carlos’ friend Jose, at Indomable.
Look even closer, and you’ll also spot the neat little ‘VA’ logos on the engine badges.
Carlos’ R60/7 is a welcome break from the onslaught of copycat Beemers—and a bike we’d pick ourselves for lazy Sunday cruises. Bravo, Vintage Addiction!
This is an edited version of an article that first appeared on Bike Exif; It’s republished here with permission.
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Custom of the Week: BMW R100RS by Bolt Motor Company
MOST CUSTOM BUILDERS are juggling careers, building bikes as a side gig. Adrián Campos falls into that category: he’s the sporting director for Campos Racing, the team founded by his father Adrián Campos Sr, the former Minardi F1 driver.
Adrián Jr. is surrounded by high-tech missiles capable of 208 mph (335 kph), but he’s also nuts about motorcycles. So he started customizing classic bikes, as an antídoto to the ultra-modern race machinery that absorbs his working day.
His first build garnered enough interest to turn his side gig into a fully-fledged second business. Bolt Motor Company is now on its seventeenth build, and employs seven team members.
Bolt shares a workshop in Valencia with Campos Racing. But while the race team preps cars for the Formula 2, Formula 3 and GP3 race series, Adrián is swinging spanners on bikes like this stunning 1982 BMW R100RS.
We’ll admit it’s not the wildest custom boxer we’ve seen. But even though the style is well established, the perfect proportions and level of finish are something else. And the client wasn’t even looking for anything fancy; “He wanted a comfortable cafe racer for two people,” says Adrián, “so that’s what we did.”
The donor arrived in a pretty good condition, but it left in an even better state. There’s fresh paint and powder everywhere, from the motor right through to the forks, frame and tank.
Bolt tweaked the airhead’s stance by lowering the front forks internally just over two inches, then installing a pair of Hagon shocks at the rear. The fuel tank is stock, but the subframe and seat are custom made. The subframe’s a bolt-on affair, and the main frame’s been detabbed and cleaned up.
The taillight’s a particularly nice touch. Bolt built it into the seat rather than the rear loop, along with integrated rear turn signals. The whole setup’s barely visible—until it lights up.
They’ve also added some room for the customer to ‘customize’ his BMW at home. There’s a second tank and seat in a different paint scheme, which can be swapped out via four fasteners for the seat, and one for the tank. The second seat has it’s own plug-and-play taillight too.
Bolt have kept things practical too. The BMW’s airbox is still in play, and it’s also equipped with a BMW oil cooler and crash bars. Plus there’s a discreet inner fender at the rear. The exhaust headers have been shortened and run into a pair of generic cone mufflers, with the side stand relocated to work around them.
The cockpit’s sporting new handlebars, grips, bar-end mirrors and Motogadget bar-end turn signals. There’s a new master brake cylinder too, with some really neat plumbing. Up front is an LED headlight, tucked into a custom-made bucket.
Bolt rewired the bike from top to bottom and tucked away as much as they could. A set of Motone switches have their wires running inside the bars, while a Motogadget speedo has its cable routed through the BMW’s hollow steering stem nut.
This sort of consideration is rife, with every last nook and cranny cleaned up. We’ve spotted stainless steel fasteners throughout the build, nifty choke pulls on the carbs and a OEM-looking Bolt Motor Co. plaque on the side of the motor.
The classic white BMW motorsports livery is on point too. And Bolt have shunned the ubiquitous Firestone Deluxe Champion tires, going for the saw tooth tread of Shinko Classics instead.
We doubt that Bolt #17 could lap a track anywhere near as fast as a Campos race car.
But it’s just the sort of simple, classic ride we’d pick for getting to the track in the first place—via some leisurely Spanish back roads.
This article first appeared on Bike Exif. It’s republished here by permission.
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Video: Watch Sarah Lezito show you how to drift a motorcycle
Yes, drifting on two wheels is possible. Especially if you’re an insanely talented stunt rider from France.
There are a few stunt riders worth following across social media and YouTube but few get the numbers of French stunter Sarah Lezito.
Shot in a cold, wet and snowy location, it’s hardly the easiest of environments for riding a motorcycle – although possibly better for skids! – but the control from Lezito, and her instruction, is captivating.
Why learn how to drift? Well, Lezito says that it might help in learning how to save from slipping, keeping the balance on your bike or just improving your stunting skills.
And her top tips?
- First find a small bike – a 50cc or 125cc machine that’s easy to handle.
- Find a slippery spot, like a wet floor after some light rain.
- Put hard tyres on the rear and more air in the front tyre.
- Protect everything… On you and your bike.
- Prepare to crash. A lot.
We’re hoping she’ll be adding to her channel over the coming months and that this is the start of a series of ‘How To…’ videos from the young stunt rider.