Constructing one-of-one customs for a residing could be most motorcyclists’ concept of heaven. Nonetheless, like an creator making an attempt to jot down the sequel to a smash hit, the strain should be overwhelming. The workforce behind Renard Pace Store in Estonia know all about this, but it’s by no means slowed them down.
Their first bike, the Renard GT, was a carbon fiber V-twin dream, supplied as a restricted manufacturing mannequin. Renard adopted it up with a slew of world class customized builds, starting from delicate to wild. Now they’re going again to their authentic method in a way, with a collection of templated BMW R100 café racer builds.
“We all the time wished to construct restricted run manufacturing bikes, to proceed the identical development we began with the Renard GT,” explains store supervisor, William Sarevet. “It’s vital that Renard returns to its roots.”
“This doesn’t imply we received’t make any one-off customs. We’ll—however they should be very particular, or supply us a artistic problem and be a pleasure to construct.”
Renard has spent the final 12 months prepping this quick run of BMW boxer-based machines, to create their interpretation of the last word café racer. Every bike begins out as a 1976-1979 BMW R100 touring mannequin, and is then reworked to strike a steadiness between basic type and trendy efficiency.
Every donor bike will get the complete remedy. In the event you’re claiming to construct the last word café racer, engine work is a necessity—so Renard have gone above and past on this division. The R100 engines are all rebuilt to a demanding spec, utilizing /6 collection engine instances and a Renard-designed airbox.
Lighter pistons run inside the brand new dual-spark cylinder heads, together with a lightened crank and flywheel to assist the 1000 cc flat twin spin up even quicker. The Bing carbs are overhauled, as are the starter motor and gearbox. Every engine will get blasted and clear ceramic coated, earlier than being fitted with Renard badges.
The exhaust can be customized; 40 mm exhaust headers terminate in chrome steel conical mufflers from Hattech. The rear drive is from an early spherical case airhead, with Renard sticking to a double-sided swingarm over the single-sided choices accessible.
Shifting to the rolling components, Borrani wheels are laced with chrome steel spokes to Renard’s personal hubs and bearing carriers. They’re wrapped in Bridgestone Accolade tires, which give trendy efficiency to an old-school trying tread sample.
The entrance forks are Ceriani replicas, bolted to Renard customized fork clamps. Trendy adjustable shocks run on the again, whereas the brake discs, calipers and grasp cylinders are all top-shelf Beringer components.
Up entrance is an LED headlight, tucked beneath a customized shroud. Nestled behind it’s a pair of matching analog Smiths gauges. Nowadays it’s all too frequent to see a mixed speedo and tacho—however separate gauges won’t ever not look cool, particularly on a basic café racer.
Low-slung handlebars are fitted with Beringer levers. There are fluid reservoirs on either side, as a result of Renard have opted to suit a hydraulic clutch.
The levers are built-in with Renard’s personal CNC-machined switchgear—they bolt on to the Beringer clamps, and are simply a few of the finest trying switches within the trade. Leather-based-wrapped grips and bar-end mirrors add a contact of sophistication.
The entire bike is rewired from the bottom up round a Motogadget mo.unit blue. The setup features a keyless ignition and the power to trace your bike by way of a smartphone app. A small Lithium-ion battery is hidden away contained in the bodywork, whereas the taillight and switch alerts are LED items.
The smooth bodywork is all handcrafted by the Renard workforce. An enormous quantity of labor has gone into the tank, seat, dashboard and fenders, and it actually reveals. The manufacturing facility R100 gas tank is an iconic piece in its personal proper, however Renard has nailed their reinterpretation of it.
The superbly-proportioned tail unit sits on high of a modified subframe, and the leatherwork on the seat reveals masterful craftsmanship.
To date, Renard has constructed 4 bikes to their very own specs. However shifting ahead, every construct will probably be tailor-made to its proprietor’s style.
“We’ve already offered the primary 4 bikes to earlier purchasers and membership members,” William tells us. “All of the bikes are avenue authorized with authorised frames, triple timber, suspension, sound, emissions and engine energy upgrades.”
In the event you’re available in the market for a customized BMW that may stand out in a crowd, look good and go extraordinarily nicely for the remainder of your life, you would possibly wish to get in contact with Renard. However do it shortly. Construct slots for 2023 are restricted, and these are certain to promote like sizzling muffins.