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.
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.
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