It’s all about racing strains this week. We kick off with a BMW Ok-series café racer, adopted by an aesthetic Moto Guzzi Le Mans II, a pointy Buell Lightning S1 and a uncommon Rau Kawasaki GPZ1100. We end off with a fast have a look at a MotoGP docuseries that’s hitting screens quickly.
BMW K100 by Bolt Motor Co. The final bike we featured from Bolt Motor Co. was a no-holds-barred Honda CBX1100 constructed for a MotoGP legend. This BMW K100 doesn’t fairly boast the identical degree of spec, but it surely’s nonetheless one heck of a looker. Which proves that even when the Spanish store isn’t throwing every little thing plus the kitchen sink at a construct, they nonetheless handle to crank out extremely engaging machines.
‘Bolt #46’ was constructed for a buyer that wished one thing neat, tasteful and predominantly black. However earlier than Adrián Campos and his crew might make it fairly, they needed to convey it as much as spec. That meant an engine refresh with a couple of key OEM half replacements, and a full rewire.
From there, the crew tweaked the BMW’s stance by decreasing the forks and putting in a customized constructed Hagon shock on the again. The brakes have been overhauled, and upgraded with new discs and Goodridge strains.
Cosmetically, the Ok’s adjustments are easy however efficient. The inventory tank and its ‘wings’ are nonetheless in play, however they’ve been modified barely. The subframe is new, and helps a neat café-style seat, upholstered by Tapicerías Llop. There’s a brief fender out entrance, and a customized made license plate holder mounted off the swingarm on the again.
The controls embody Tarozzi rear-sets, and Highsider clip-on bars with Insurgent Moto levers. There’s an entire array of Motogadget stuff too, just like the grips, bar-end flip alerts, switches and speedo. Different adjustments embody an LED headlight in a customized nacelle, and a four-into-one exhaust system.
As per the transient, the K100 was painted in a mixture of gloss and matte black finishes. Some nicely positioned crimson striping breaks the monotony and emphasizes this Ok’s aggressive new look, whereas matching stitching on the seat provides a last contact. High work from Bolt, as at all times. [Bolt Motor Co.]
Moto Guzzi Le Mans II by Basic Co. The Le Mans II has an iconic silhouette, however Spain’s Basic Co. went so deep on this construct, that it’s barely recognizable.
The crew began with a 1981-model Le Mans II, then bored the motor out to 1,064 cc. It makes use of Asso pistons, new nitride valves, Porsche valve springs and a brand new camshaft. It makes 106 hp now, helped alongside by a brand new clutch and quick-shifter from ClassWorks, and a pair of 44 mm Lectron carbs.
The body and swingarm are Basic Co.’s personal chromoly design, and provide a big weight saving over the unique Tonti body. There’s a level much less rake on the brand new chassis’ head angle, and an additional inch or so within the swingarm, so the geometry’s not fairly inventory any extra.
Suspension parts embody 41,7 mm Marzocchi forks and new adjustable rear shocks. Basic Co. additionally fitted a shocking pair of 18” magnesium wheels from EPM, and a Lafranconi Competizione racing exhaust.
All of the fiberglass bodywork is customized—from the fairing, proper by way of to the tank and tail. It’s all completed in a inexperienced livery that’s as hanging as it’s easy. Elegant, no? [Classic Co.]
Buell Lightning S1 by Berrybads MC The Lightning S1 wasn’t probably the most obnoxious trying bike Buell ever constructed, but it surely hasn’t precisely aged nicely both. Fortunately the proprietor of this Lightning agrees. Which is why she took her bike to Kyohey Sugimoto, on the Japanese workshop Berrybads MC, for a café racer themed makeover.
Sugimoto-san ditched the Buell’s 90s styling by way of a artful redesign of the bodywork. Probably the most spectacular change is the gas tank—it’s really from a BMW R nineT. And as you’d anticipate, it took loads of massaging and slimming to suit.
A common bikini fairing does responsibility up entrance, kitted with a brand new headlight behind a plexiglass bubble. The fiberglass tail part was lifted from slightly Honda 125 racer, but it surely seems proper at house right here.
Different adjustments embody new clip-ons, a customized exhaust system with a titanium muffler, an a smaller air cleaner. The bike’s additionally been lowered a contact, to make it extra comfy for its rider.
It’s a neat search for the Lightning S1, particularly with the stark black and white finishes. However when you’re it and pondering that there’s extra that may be carried out, relaxation assured—the proprietor’s already planning the subsequent set of adjustments. [Via]
On the market: Rau Kawasaki GPZ1100 Modifying bikes in traditional racing kinds is a rising development, but it surely’s at all times good to put eyes on a correct classic race bike. And this uncommon early-80s Rau Kawasaki GPZ1100 could be very a lot the true deal.
Manfred Rau was a German body builder, and a recent of the likes of Fritz Egli. His imaginative and prescient for the GPZ1100 included a nickel-plated tubular metal body, that additionally used the Kawasaki engine as a careworn member.
The engine was tuned too, in order that it might produce as much as 40% extra horsepower, and this one’s operating a full set of Keihin CR carbs. Suspension upgrades have been additionally a should; Öhlins rear shocks and Marzocchi forks on this specific GPZ. The Nissin brake setup right here consists of twin four-piston entrance calipers, gripping floating discs.
There’s nothing inventory concerning the bodywork both, with a purpose-built fairing flowing into an alloy gas tank and customized rear part. The sharp livery and the dearth of a speedo (there’s only a easy tacho behind the fairing) give away that this bike was constructed for racing.
If it tickles your fancy and you’ve got between $28,200 and $39,450 to burn, this GPZ’s about to go on public sale at Artcurial. And when you want convincing, we’ll add that it’s been sitting in a German collector’s assortment for the previous decade—so it’s been nicely preserved. [Via]
MotoGP Limitless docuseries Whereas we don’t actually go in for contemporary superbikes round right here, we’re not resistant to the wiles of MotoGP racing. So we’re stoked to see that Amazon Prime is launching a brand new docuseries subsequent month, titled ‘MotoGP Limitless.’
The collection will mirror on the 2021 race season, purportedly within the model of Netflix’s ‘Drive to Survive’ F1 collection. And what a season it was: Brad Binder’s win within the moist on slicks, Maverick Viñales’ mid-season crew swap, Marc Marquez’s harm woes, Valentino Rossi’s last season, Francesco Bagnaia’s brave title cost, and Fabio Quartararo’s cinching of that title.
Catch the trailer under, and tell us who you’re rooting for in 2022. [Via]