As customized BMW boxers go, the BMW R100R doesn’t get almost as a lot love as its older siblings—but it surely ought to. BMW launched it within the early 90s as a road-focused model of the favored R100GS dual-sport, but additionally as a contemporary basic of types.
With an journey bike gas tank and seat, ‘retro’ chrome on the headlight and dials, and basic peanut-style valve covers, the visible mash-up didn’t fairly work. However underneath all that awkwardness lay a rock-solid bike. The 980 cc boxer motor had reached its zenith, plus the R100R got here with tubeless wire-spoke wheels and the R100GS’ new-style Paralever swingarm.
This BMW R100R scrambler from Deus ex Machina in Australia proves the stout boxer’s potential. Deus’ French-born head wrench, Jeremy Tagand, has closely tweaked the R100R whereas leaving simply sufficient authentic elements intact to recall the unique.
A customized bike’s finishes are often the very last thing on the checklist, however they sat on the high of the transient on this venture. Deus‘ consumer is a jeweler; he was chargeable for the copper plating on the body and the hand-smelted BMW roundels. With that settled, black was an apparent selection for nearly all the pieces else.
However this tradition BMW R100R isn’t just about flash. Jeremy dropped a set of YSS internals into the forks to improve them and put in an Ikon shock on the again. The inventory 18F/17R wheels had been wrapped in Continental TKC80 tires for just a little go-anywhere attraction, and the OEM Brembo entrance brake was refurbished.
The engine was handled to a digital ignition and a pair of DNA pod filters. MotoRRetro provided a brand new cowl to interchange the unique airbox, which now homes the battery. Discreet twin exhausts spherical out the spec—and earlier than you heap hate onto the pipe wrap, think about how nicely it enhances the bike’s shade scheme.
Jeremy saved the R100R’s chunky gas tank however reworked the remainder of the bodywork so nicely that the tank really appears to be like good now. Sitting simply behind it’s a customized two-up seat, upholstered in black leather-based on high of an aluminum base. An LED taillight is Frenched into the again of it.
The subframe is new too, completed off with an built-in plate mount and switch sign brackets. Decrease down, Deus upgraded the rider and passenger pegs, choosing grippy off-road objects for the previous.
Nothing within the BMW’s cockpit is authentic anymore. Deus swapped the bars out for a set from Rizoma, then added a throttle from Messner Moto in Germany. The brake and clutch levers are Beringer objects, and the grips, micro-switches, bar-end flip alerts, and mirrors are from Motogadget.
A digital Motogadget sprint sits additional ahead, simply above a Koso LED headlight. To maintain issues tremendous neat, Jeremy moved the ignition to a brand new mounting tab on the left aspect of the body.
The bike’s completed off with a handful of well-judged particulars and finishes. Deus moved the inventory oil cooler barely greater up, then adorned it with a brand new copper grill and recent plumbing. A set of crash bars maintain the cylinder heads secure, whereas the BMW’s distinctive authentic fuel cap provides just a little classic attraction.
And whereas a lot of the major finishes are black, they’ve been executed with various textures. The gas tank and customized entrance fairing put on matte black paint, whereas the engine block’s been achieved in wrinkle black.
BMW designed the R100R as a retro roadster, however Deus has turned it into one thing much more enjoyable—and much more engaging. As for a way these copper highlights pop in opposition to the black; superbe!