The older BMWs look pretty good when given the cafe treatment and there seems to be more efforts in that direction, Ritmo Sereno over in Japan does some nice work, but what about the Germans? After all, that’s the home turf of the airhead, you might imagine a few builders in Germany would know their way around the older twins and you would be right. Urban Motor, located in Berlin, is a good example and this bike, called Earl Grey, gives you a take on their way of thinking.
Earl Grey is based on a frame from the dual sport 1983 R80 GS, but the engine, forks and front wheel come from an R100RS, the pipes began life attached to an R1100RT and are silenced by Hoske mufflers. The bike uses lots of homegrown parts, a WBO tank, Magura bars, Kellermann blinkers and Wilbers shock. The seat was designed in-house and the paint color is a grey coming from the 1967 Shelby GT500, the two broad stripes pick up on that theme.
There’s nothing over the top here, no radical redesign, but a nice looking bike, subtle, light and easy to work on without all of the late model electronic complexity. An interesting mix of parts and a good idea generator for those of you with an older BMW in the garage that might benefit from a few updates. Nice work, guys!