“The main requirement for the build was a strong connection to his brand,” explains Chad. “Something that was vintage yet reliable, and a bike that could go on long trips comfortably.”
“I ended up suggesting a BMW R100, and found a 1978 donor bike two blocks from my apartment. I know airheads are very popular these days—but I guess that’s for good reason, ’cause they are really great bikes.”
The donor could be hacked up without remorse. The pistons were installed backwards, the valves swapped on both sides, and the wiring was a mess. So Chad took it as a sign. (“Funny enough, it didn’t run all that bad,” he quips.)
This old boxer’s come a long way since then—thanks to a healthy teardown, a top-end rebuild and a rewire. Standout bits include a new set of Mikuni carbs and mufflers from Cone Engineering, mated to custom headers.
The one-off subframe sits on a pair of custom-built Works shocks. The seat’s a minimal affair, but the upholstery is immaculate—just as we’ve come to expect from Ginger McCabe at New Church Moto. And that neat little bum-stop on the end was 3D printed.
And boy, do we love those leather touches: a tool roll where the airbox once was, and a magnetic tank strap that holds a pair of shades perfectly.
It’s low-key, classy stuff, like the rest of the locally produced gear in the Cardinal Motors shop—a Kevlar-reinforced base layer, a waxed cotton and leather helmet bag, and a leather tool roll that doubles as a dopp kit.
Build Sheet Stripped down to the frame, new powder coat and paint Top end engine rebuild Custom sub frame and seat 3D printed tailpiece Custom built fenders and mounts Dyna III electronic ignition Dyna Coils Motogadget Motoscope Classic speedo Custom built Works shocks Mikuni VM34 carbs K&N air filters Shinko 705 tires Motogadget M-Unit Tarrozi fork brace and rear sets Tommaselli throttle housing Tommaselli matador levers Relocated Odyssey dry cell battery Custom built headers Cone engineering mufflers