Franken-Beemer: A BMW R60 restomod constructed from a jumble of components


Vintage BMW R60 restomod by MotoRRetro
One of many enduring charms of previous BMW bikes is that they’re just about unkillable. Even when, towards all odds, you do handle to place one out of fee, chances are high you may have a connection to somebody with the know-how to resurrect it (otherwise you possess the talents your self). However how many individuals can assemble a useful BMW boxer from a jumble of mismatched components?

At a look, this sleek machine appears like an everyday, albeit extremely tasteful, classic BMW R60 restomod. However it’s truly a Franken-bike of the very best order—pieced collectively from a number of discarded donor bikes spanning three a long time.

Vintage BMW R60 restomod by MotoRRetro
It’s the work of MotoRRetro in Sydney, Australia. Run by Vaughan Ryan and Georgio Rimi, the workshop makes a speciality of traditional automobile restorations and modifications, however additionally they sometimes divert their consideration to {custom} bike constructing. And after they do, the outcomes are spectacular.

The genesis of this challenge was the acquisition of an entire bunch of BMW airhead components from a workshop that was closing down. Choosing by the bones, the fellows figured that there was sufficient there to piece collectively the beginnings of a working motorbike. The result’s a shocking bobber that redefines the time period bitsa.

Vintage BMW R60 restomod by MotoRRetro
On the coronary heart of the bike are key components from two completely different BMW R60 donors. The body and gas tank are from a Nineteen Sixties BMW R60, whereas the engine block and closing drive come from a Nineteen Seventies R60/5. From there, it will get fascinating.

Calling in assist from grasp motorbike mechanic Giovanni Mariani, the crew modified the R60 engine block to simply accept the crank, barrels, and heads from a Nineteen Seventies BMW R100. “We machined every thing to simply accept the R100 components simply to confuse OCD trainspotters,” quips Vaughan.

Vintage BMW R60 restomod by MotoRRetro
Additionally they transformed the transmission from a four-speed to a five-speed unit, all whereas retaining the R60’s ‘easy case’ field. That not solely maintained the drivetrain’s classic look, nevertheless it left extra clearance between the drive shaft and rear wheel, which allowed for a wider rear tire.

The body itself was trimmed of any fats, then gusseted in key locations. And because the body and engine got here from two completely different eras, the motor mounts needed to be remade too.

Vintage BMW R60 restomod by MotoRRetro
The entrance forks are rebuilt Eighties BMW Ok-series models, upgraded with new Ikon springs. The wheels are R100 snowflake hoops, wrapped in Allstate sawtooth treads. MotoRRetro put in the dual Brembo disc brakes from the Ok-series donor up entrance, with custom-made adaptors to mate the discs to the R100 wheel.

On the reverse finish of the bike, the R60’s traditional plunger suspension hides a pair of Ikon shocks, whereas the R100’s rear drum brake handles stopping duties.

Vintage BMW R60 restomod by MotoRRetro
Sitting atop the body’s spine is a closely modified R60 gas tank. BMW historians will instantly discover that the tank’s knee pads and storage field are lacking, and that its filler neck has been trimmed down and fitted with a flush-mounted gasoline cap.

MotoRRetro additionally fabricated aluminum fenders to book-end the bike and completed the bodywork off with a solo seat. A stealthy leather-based instrument bag hangs just under the seat’s {custom} mounting brackets.

Vintage BMW R60 restomod by MotoRRetro
This neo-retro bobber sports activities a lot of fashionable particulars, however they’ve been built-in so masterfully that they’re arduous to identify. Up entrance, you’ll discover a slick CNC-machined prime yoke that hosts a set of handmade clip-on bars. Model-new Motogadget switches and conventional BMW grips sit side-by-side on the bars.

The headlight bucket is a classic MZ half, nevertheless it hosts a contemporary Motogadget speedo. Handmade brackets maintain the sunshine in place, together with a set of aftermarket mirrors and a barely noticeable pair of Motogadget LED flip indicators.

Vintage BMW R60 restomod by MotoRRetro
There’s extra trickery out again. The taillight is a slim LED strip tucked beneath the rear fender, and the rear flip indicators are equally skinny LED strips which were embedded within the shock tubes.

Ending the construct off is a set of aftermarket period-correct instances, mounted on custom-made brackets with additional body bracing. They’re completed in white with black pin-striping, in stark distinction to the remainder of the BMW’s piano black paint. Bits just like the wheels and engine have been painstakingly polished earlier than being painted, giving the machine a better-than-factory really feel.

Vintage BMW R60 restomod by MotoRRetro
Vaughan not solely credit Giovanni for his work on the engine, however can also be fast to thank Julian Lopez, Fabio Cevenini, and Gary Vincente for his or her invaluable assist throughout the challenge. And what a crew they make.

Buttoned up, MotoRRetro’s Frankensteined BMW R60 restomod appears so proper, that the uninitiated may simply mistake it for an immaculately restored traditional. However to these within the know, it’s an much more particular machine—a mash-up of all the proper items that’s higher than the sum of its components.

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Vintage BMW R60 restomod by MotoRRetro