Sekhmet: A BMW boxer café racer with an 80s vibe


It’s superb how versatile the basic BMW boxer is is. Would you like a protracted, low and imply drag bike? A tough and prepared scrambler? A glossy, fashionable café racer? An airhead will do all of that, and extra.

This 1982 BMW R80 falls firmly into that final class. It was constructed by 72 HKG Efficiency—a brand new collaboration between Antonio (72 Cycles Efficiency) and Jorge (Hell’s Kitchen Storage), primarily based in Burgos, Spain.

BMW R80 café racer by 72 HKG Performance
They made it for an Egyptian good friend, and named it ‘Sekhmet’ after the highly effective legendary goddess. Extensively modified, solely the engine, body and gasoline tank stay from the unique bike.

“I used to be in search of a supercar really feel, matching excessive efficiency to basic luxurious,” explains Antonio. “It appears like a basic boxer however it feels model new. You don’t want keys, all the pieces works with buttons on the handlebars, and a lot of the electronics are hidden away.”

BMW R80 café racer by 72 HKG Performance
First up, a set of spoked wheels from a later mannequin BMW R850 had been painted black and bolted on. Wanting a bit extra from the suspension, a set of Suzuki Hayabusa forks (and their Tokico brakes) had been grafted into place in entrance.

The swingarm is a Frankenstein creation, utilizing components from a BMW K1100 and the aforementioned R850, with the Öhlins shock from a Ducati 999. It sounds easy on paper, however it was removed from it. To suit the fashionable swingarm, a later-model gearbox needed to be swapped out—which is why this 80s airhead now runs a hydraulic clutch.

BMW R80 café racer by 72 HKG Performance
We’re loving the 80s endurance racing vibe that the BMW’s new bodywork offers off. The beautiful fairing was lifted from an early mannequin Yamaha XJ600, and options twin LED headlights. They remind us of a Jawa—the diminutive, furry humanoids native to the desert world of Tatooine.

The rider cockpit could be very simple—or at the very least it seems that means. TRW handlebars are outfitted with built-in buttons and Highsider mirrors. A Motogadget Chronoclassic speedometer sits entrance and middle, and the brake and clutch grasp cylinders have been upgraded too.

BMW R80 café racer by 72 HKG Performance
The tail part was made by hand out of metal, then ingeniously wrapped in a cast carbon vinyl. The pleats on the spacious leather-based seat had been modeled after a Rolex watch strap.

A smoked plexiglass display screen hides the tail gentle and switch alerts; one other element that appears prefer it was taken straight from an 80s race bike. The entire association is perched atop a brand new subframe, full with a redesigned rear shock mount.

BMW R80 café racer by 72 HKG Performance
Together with the aesthetic upgrades, the engine additionally obtained its justifiable share of consideration. Beginning with a full teardown, it was reassembled with cast pistons, recent gaskets and seals, and a brand new coat of black paint. Upgraded electronics by the use of a brand new CDI, a Motogadget mo.unit and a full rewire will maintain this factor ticking over for many years to come back.

Gasoline is delivered, with gusto, by a pair of 38 mm Mikuni flatslide carbs with pod filters. Sizzling air exits by way of a customized stainless-steel exhaust, set off completely in opposition to the darkish paint job.

BMW R80 café racer by 72 HKG Performance
“The bike exceeds 180 km/h with impeccable stability and it has a totally aligned 160 rear tire,” says Antonio. “We spent greater than a 12 months with the bike, bettering parts and in search of an ideal mixture of energy, stability and form. I feel Sekhmet is an effective mixture of badass and glamour!”

Antonio can also be fast to level out that he and Jorge will solely ever construct one-of-a-kind bikes, tailor-made to every buyer’s specification. “We by no means repeat a form, colour or design,” he provides. “Our bikes must be distinctive.”

BMW R80 café racer by 72 HKG Performance
That feels like each a blessing and a curse, since we’re certain there are a selection of individuals on the market who wouldn’t thoughts this actual bike of their storage. Everyone knows how versatile the airhead platform is, and now everyone knows how good 72 HKG Efficiency is at harnessing that versatility.

72 Cycles Efficiency | Hell’s Kitchen Storage | Pictures by Eduardo Recuero

BMW R80 café racer by 72 HKG Performance


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