1979 BMW r80/7
Well as Belstaff recently purchased my own personal BMW Cafe Racer “Ace” to give to David Beckham after using it for their Ad campaign I decided to build myself a completely new out of the box ‘badass’ concept bike for 2014 based on a 1979 BMW r80/7. Ideas were thrown around, sketches were made and even a scale model of an early BMW r69 was purchased to explain my vision to the guys at Kevils.
For this build the challenge was to build a radical urban grungy industrial self, taking inspiration from heritage BMW’s from yesteryear with a Kevils Custom Twist!
The wheels were rebuilt replacing the 19″ front rim with a 18″ plus a sliding top triple tree was fitted to drop the front end even further, fitting Zbars with these big old chunky coker diamonds we didn’t want the chopper stance more long and low. The tank came from an old Yamaha early eighties era that we had in stock and our logo, rust and patina was all expertly custom airbrushed thanks to John Hooper of killerpaints.co.uk. The vintage Brooke’s leather cycle seat’s proportions work really well married up behind the slim long tank and the exhaust system is a stroke of genius in itself! i wanted the silencer box to run across the frame with inlets one each side two slash outlets the same ‘Simple, minimal and loud!’. All new electrics, hidden wiring a new Boyer Branson ignition system uprated charging system was also fitted for reliability as fitted to all Kevils Bikes, Oh! and check out the tank snorkel with a motogadget tiny speedo fitted!
The rest of the bike speaks for itself with lots of detail making this a one of a kind ‘Kevils Speed Shop’ Special!
To sum up “Artisan” The Oxford Dictionary description is “A worker in a skilled trade, especially one involving making things by hand!
- Tons of custom fabrication
- Yamaha Tank
- coker tyres
- Brooke’s cycle seat
- 18″ front wheel
- Z bars
- Sliding top yoke
- Airbrushed paint