Pooh Bear-varian: Twisted Destiny BMW R100RT

BMW Boxers have been all the craze within the {custom} bike scene for years. Famend for his or her bulletproof reliability and timeless beauty they’re a really perfect foundation for cafe racer, bobber and scrambler conversions. However there are all the time exceptions to the rule. Regardless of the German’s finest efforts to make a bike impervious to abuse, there are many airheads in the marketplace who’ve fallen into neglect. To the uninitiated, that might spell catastrophe, however for somebody who is aware of their method round a Bavarian Boxer, a little bit of laborious work can actually repay.

Scott Gercovich of Melbourne’s Twisted Destiny Customs has been bitten by the Boxer bug. After constructing his Enforcer BMW K1100LT a few years in the past, he developed an curiosity in R collection bikes. One factor led to a different and he turned obsessive about the thought of proudly owning and constructing his personal. Positive sufficient, he ultimately bit the bullet and bought a 1983 BMW R100RT. In his phrases “She regarded and rode like sh#t!” so he coined the undertaking Winnie, as within the Pooh. Fortunately Scott had all the talents required to treatment the problem and he remodeled the bike into a restaurant/bobber resto-mod.

Right here’s his recollection of how the construct performed out…

Twisted Fate BMW R100RT

“I fully tore the entire bike and engine down leaving no nut or bolt in place and I discovered fairly a couple of surprises alongside the way in which! Many of the nuts and bolts had been both lacking or finger tight together with the driveshaft bolts which was a serious disaster ready to occur. Sadly, she had additionally been ridden with low oil which destroyed the crankshaft and bearings. I had these changed by a BMW mechanic together with new conrods. The heads had been re-finished, valve seats floor and each bearing, seal, ring and gasket changed earlier than I completed the principle case in Duplicolor wrinkle coat and reassembled her.”

Twisted Fate BMW R100RT

“The cylinders had been blasted and coated in excessive temp engine enamel, the valve covers had been up to date to peanut form gadgets and completed in wrinkle coat with polished highlights as per all different engine covers and gearbox. The airbox was eliminated and used to accommodate an Aliant lithium battery and the principle fuse, which sit on a custom-made platform. I additionally mounted a Ctek charging port to the airbox delete cowl to permit trickle charging whereas she sleeps.”

Twisted Fate BMW R100RT

“From there I sandblasted the body, driveshaft, backside yoke and wheels which I then sprayed in armour black Cerakote. The entrance forks had been torn down and shortened 25mm with new seals fitted and completed in a wrinkle coat. A brand new YSS Topline shock was then added to the rear. The brake callipers acquired the usual tear down, blast, sprayed in Cerakote tequila dawn with new HEL carbon look traces fitted to new levers and refreshed grasp cylinders. The brakes had been completed off with recent pads and reconditioned discs.”

“Being an electrician I used to be tremendous excited to rewire the entire bike utilizing a Motogadget M-unit blue at her coronary heart, a Motoscope Professional sprint, Insurgent Moto switches, Highsider flip indicators and a Koso headlight to shine the way in which. The alternator and starter motor had been each torn down, cleaned and Cerakoted and paired up with a Ricks Motorsports lithium rec/reg and twin output coil. Jax storage custom-made an attractive high yoke to suit the Motoscope sprint and a few good aluminium billet grips to assist twist the wrist.”

Twisted Fate BMW R100RT

“The seat put up is a tidy piece of labor by Messner Moto which holds the Silvermachine Seats bobber fashion saddle. I had the seat made with carbon look edges, and a suede leather-based high and integrated a Highsider brake/tail mild into it.

I blasted the exhaust headers and coated them in armour black Cerakote together with some {custom} hotdog mufflers to attempt to hush her drumbeat down slightly, however nonetheless have rumble. All that was left was to strip again the tank. Spot weld any rust spots. Re-seal the within and end it off in BMW M3 frozen darkish gray with darker pinstriping by the legends at MC Panel Paint which must be seen to be believed.

New petcocks, gasoline traces and filters feed down to completely rebuilt Bing carbs I completed in Cerakote titanium with added handbook chokes, pod filters and logos. The entrance guard was shortened and skinned in carbon fibre. And underfoot she wears the grippiest all-terrains I might discover, Pirelli Scorpions.”

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Twisted Fate BMW R100RT

“I actually can’t make a comparability between after I picked the bike up and the way it rides now. On the 20km stretch I did previous to the construct she was in such dangerous form I truly feared it could fall to bits! A lot so I needed to pull over a couple of occasions to examine all the things was nonetheless there! As for now, she’s a dream to trip, nothing too sporty however an awesome cruiser to go out on a pleasant day and nonetheless really feel comfy within the twisties.

It’s now very rewarding to see the appreciation she will get after being uncared for for a few years. I assume it goes to indicate you’ll be able to truly polish a turd!”



Twisted Fate BMW R100RT