Trendy Magnificence: Cardsharper’s plum-hued BMW R100 bobber


BMW R100 bobber by Cardsharper Customs
So far as Jacek Mulak is worried, there are far too many {custom} BMW boxers round. That stated, he’s not one to show away a buyer. So when he just lately bought the decision to construct this BMW R100 bobber, he was all too joyful to oblige—simply so long as he might do it his means.

“A buyer who needs a {custom} BMW R100 usually expects to get a duplicate of the WalzWerk Schizzo motorbike,” says Jacek, who runs Cardsharper Customs in Lublin, Poland. “That’s not a foul factor in itself—however I wished the chance to indicate one thing of my very own.”

BMW R100 bobber by Cardsharper Customs
“Whereas exhibiting me his inspiration items, my buyer, Marcin, additionally referenced these bikes. Nevertheless, being an extremely cool man, he rapidly agreed to my request to belief me. I promised that the motorbike would retain the attribute parts of a ‘typical’ {custom} BMW R100—that it will be minimalist, elegant, and would make an impression.”

Marcin had just a few requests in step with quintessential {custom} BMW construct types, however Jacek led him in the direction of extra sensible pastures. “I dissuaded him from utilizing clip-on handlebars,” he tells us, “which in my view is a horrible mistake should you’re constructing a motorbike for stress-free Sunday rides. He agreed, so we used a drag bar that doesn’t look too bad and is way more snug.”

BMW R100 bobber by Cardsharper Customs
Subsequent, Jacek tweaked the BMW R100 bobber’s stance by means of new suspension elements. The entrance forks and brakes are off a Suzuki GSX-R; a well-liked mod on traditional boxers. The forks are held in place by a set of {custom} yokes, with a singular two-piece design for the highest clamp.

A YSS shock props up the rear, lengthened to enhance the experience peak. Jacek says that he did this partly for consolation, and partly in order that the bike would look good with a rider on it. “Loads of {custom} bikes look wonderful on their very own, however when somebody sits on them, they appear like a hunched-over canine.”

BMW R100 bobber by Cardsharper Customs
The temporary known as for a bobbed seat, so Jacek obliged by fabricating an abbreviated bolt-on subframe. There’s a refined kick on the finish of it that forces the seat pad to taper in the direction of the rear, and a refined lip on the entrance of the leather-based upholstery that blends with the gasoline tank. It’s laborious to inform, however Jacek has tweaked the mounting angle of the tank too.

Different {custom} touches embody a knurled fuel cap and a beneficiant handmade entrance fender mounted on {custom} struts. “At first I made a brief, minimalist fender,” Jacek tells us, “nevertheless it someway disturbed the stability of the entire thing. It regarded too sporty—so I created this one, which, in my view, fits the bike.”

BMW R100 bobber by Cardsharper Customs
Increased up, you’ll discover an LED headlight mounted on a pair of stubby brackets to tuck it in tight. A Daytona speedo sits simply behind it, whereas the drag bars are fitted with aftermarket levers, grips, and switches. The bar-end mirror and switch sign assemblies are from Highsider in Germany.

The foot controls are {custom} too, however their slick look belies how a lot work into making them match. Jacek trimmed off the unique mounts (together with the R100’s unpleasant passenger peg mounts), then needed to fabricate new attachment factors for the pegs, levers, and linkages.

BMW R100 bobber by Cardsharper Customs
The BMW’s traditional boxer engine is usually inventory inside, nevertheless it’s been handled to new paint and sprucing. Jacek eliminated the airbox, choosing DNA pod filters as a substitute. A custom-made field now sits the place the airbox as soon as did, internet hosting the ignition swap and key digital elements.

A Siebenrock oil sump extender sits decrease down, fitted in lieu of an oil cooler. “Marcin and I agreed that he wouldn’t be too harsh on the bike in order that we might take away the oil cooler,” Jacek quips.

BMW R100 bobber by Cardsharper Customs
The blacked-out exhaust mufflers are Brock’s Efficiency objects—however that wasn’t the unique plan. Jacek had one thing else in thoughts at first however determined to roll the cube on the Brock’s cans when he got here throughout them. The result’s a brief, aggressive aesthetic that, though uncommon, fits this construct completely.

One factor that’s lacking from this BMW, is its gasoline petcock and contours. Jacek confesses that he couldn’t fairly button it up in time for its scheduled picture shoot; “Relaxation assured, since this session the motorbike has traveled a number of hundred kilometers with Marcin!”

BMW R100 bobber by Cardsharper Customs
One necessary process that did get performed in time, was the BMW’s alluring paint job. Marcin’s solely request was that it needed to be “darkish and stylish”—so Jacek dug into BMW’s archives, choosing a riff on the marque’s traditional ‘Topaz Crimson Violet Metallic’ hue. Particulars embody black pinstripes and roundels, with assorted galvanized, ceramic-coated, and painted finishes on the bike’s laborious components.

“The motto of the whole challenge was that nothing needs to be an excessive amount of—that nothing needs to be visually unusual,” Jacek provides. “A easy, elegant engine on wheels, with {custom} options that complement the look moderately than stand out.” Amen.

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BMW R100 bobber by Cardsharper Customs