STREET TOUGH. BMW R1200GS by Authentic Café Racer Co.

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Just a few years in the past, Sean from Authentic Café Racer Co in London was fortunate sufficient to trip throughout Africa with Charley Boorman on a Compass Expedition. The expertise impressed a loopy thought; turning a BMW R1200GS right into a avenue racer. “Having efficiently designed and customised café racers prior to now, I wished to set myself the last word problem; construct 4, spectacular, restricted version bikes to commemorate the expedition of a lifetime from Cape City to Victoria Falls, masking South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe,” says Sean.

It’s laborious to imagine that this custom-built bike began life as one of many final air-cooled BMW R1200GS within the nation. The holy grail was to supply a avenue racer with all of the capabilities of a GS. This resulted in numerous modifications together with; chopping the rear finish, changing the gas tank, discarding the airbox, exhaust and large oil cooler.

At first look, you might need thought the bike was a R nineT, however the one factor this bike shares with the R nineT mannequin is the gas tank. It stays very succesful off-road as the unique BMW engine mapping on the GS mannequin has been saved together with the digital adaptive suspension. This transformation resulted in a considerable lack of weight near 45KG making a lighter weight, high-performance bike maximising its engine energy output to full capability with Okay&N air and oil filters. The unique giant oil cooler has been changed with a smaller however extra environment friendly BMW unit and relocated from being mounted on the forks to sitting snugly in entrance of the engine.

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The most important problem was housing the intensive cabling, sensors and electronics in a confined area having discarded the unique giant plastic gas tank and changed it with the sensible, new aluminium tank; and now not having the huge quantities of area beneath the unique GS seat. The brand new custom-made leather-based seat has the plug-in diagnostic recessed neatly with quick access to all wiring and electronics.

The Continental TKC 80 dual-purpose tyres full the robust look. To present it a extra sporty really feel, the inventory bars have been changed with clip-on bars. Additionally up entrance, LED headlights by Authentic Cafe Racer Co and Kellerman of Germany praise the bike’s distinctive ergonomics in addition to including better visibility.

The leather-based seat just isn’t solely fashionable but in addition sensible – made snug for lengthy rides in addition to storing all of the cables and diagnostic plug. The SC MotoGP silencer provides a deep however wealthy tone to the exhaust with out being overly loud or needing a baffle to cross a M.O.T.

Subsequent month, the bike will likely be auctioned off at Silverstone Auctions – held on the well-known race circuit in England. This robust wanting GS will likely be sitting proudly amongst a number of the rarest and most desired automobiles on the planet. In case you like what you see and wish to personal this tradition beemer, you’ll be able to place a bid on right here. Good luck.

[ Original Cafe Racer Co | Photography by Image Factory Studio ]

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