The R65's bigger, badder brother from the same mudda is a whole lot of bike! A big bulky 800cc boxer engine with big bulky fairings, makes for an all round chunky German. That is until you hit it with the customising wand stripping it right back until you sit there thinking fuck... how big can this engine look. With alot of people taking the nip and tuck Cafe Racer treatment to these Germans our friend Nicholas Damen wanted to do something similar but different so he aimed for a mixture of Flat Tracker & Brat to create zee beautiful machine we have before you.
Tell us about yourself:
My names Nicholas Damen im 29 and I live in Hobart Tasmania im an Electrician who likes to make surf films in my spare time www.lumavisuals.com
When faced with the decision from you old man you can have $3000 cash from your inheritance or you can have my BMW r80 what do you do?
Take the bmw r80 and customize it.
Can you tell us abit about the history of the bike?
My dad, Alex has had bikes all his life and bought the BMW around 10 years ago, he had it set up mainly for touring, complete with panniers, crash bars, fairing etc. Id always liked the big awkward looking cylinder heads on beemers and had always one day planned on getting one. I started out wanting to build a café racer but after researching parts and spares I soon realised the BMW café racer had been done many times over and done so well. So I decided to try and do something a little different, I guess ive ended up with a street tracker cross Brat?
Tell us abit about your motorcycling experience:
My first bike was a 1982 Suzuki RM80, I bought it for $400 dollars when I was 13 and Dad and myself stripped it down and rebuilt the thing right to the last bolt. I’m so grateful my Father spent this time teaching me valuable skills on repairing and restoring things.
Recently a group of my friends had recently also purchased bikes to customize and fix up, I guess were I ended up was a mould of their feed back and some features or styles on stand out bikes or ideas id seen online or around the place. Having a bunch of mates around to help and critique my ideas and thoughts was a really valuable thing.www.thechopkooks.tumblr.com
Can you take us through the modifications done to the bike?
The major changes to the bike at this stage have really only been aesthetical.
I removed the centre stand, side covers panniers, and all the other stuff that makes a beemer comfortable. I cut the rear sub frame and shortened it and made it thinner to suit the nitro heads tuck and roll seat. Removed the central exhaust vase and mufflers and replaced them with Emgo universal reverse cone shortys. The original instrument cluster was removed and replaced with an Acewell 2853 universal speedo. The rims were sand blasted and powder coated matte black and I had a set of firestone deluxes fitted. The front fender is from a local Harley shop and I cut it down and fabricated a mounting bracket to suit. The rear fender and taillight are from Modern Motorcycles in Melbourne. The bars are a set of motocross bars.
"I went for a ride last week and as I walked back to my bike there were two guys checking out my air filter, I thought to myself oh gee what do these old guys want, After a few words I soon discover one of them Is from Germany, he tells me he likes my bike and asks a few questions, then his mate starts to tell me Adrian, the German guy actually designed the Air box and air intake system for this model BMW, he used to work for BMW in Germany as an engineer, After talking to Adrian for a bit I soon discover I've just met a walking BMW tuning encyclopaedia. I’m going to catch up with Adrian again, hopefully go for a ride and tune my bike a little better."