samedi 26 mars 2016
DOUBLE VISION: CUSTOMIZING THE BMW K100 TWO WAYS
In the playground of custom BMWs, the K100 is the kid that always gets picked last for the team. It’s awkward, bulky and hard to restyle—but it’s packing a gem of an engine.
“I thought it had great potential,” he says, “but the rear part of the frame just didn’t work for me. Stripped down, the K looks like a Hyena. I don’t mind hyenas, but that was not the look I was after!”
“Matthias is a master craftsman,” says Philipp, “and used to be a graffiti artist—until he got caught painting a metro in 2008.”
“I said I thought it would be very hard or very expensive to make the bike look good. He did not care, so we started on the K.”
Then things got really interesting. Both Philipp and Matthias have ties to different artists—so they decided to pick two artists, duplicate the bodywork, and have each create a unique ‘kit.’
Fabian Gatermann did the grey version—by replicating the fuel tank and cowl in CAD and hand painting them with a mesh of polygons.
Each kit got its own set of wheels too. Gatermann’s version is matched to a 17” spoked set, with a R100R front and R1150GS rear wheel.
There’s a lot more to this K100 than an art study though. The guys have beaten its stance into submission, with an 8cm drop up front and a new, custom-built Wilbers shock out back.
Extensive wiring work has been done too, with special care taken to tuck everything between the frame rails under the seat. Rubber mounted snap locks were used to make it all accessible without traditional fasteners.
There’s a hefty dose of Motogadget componentry keeping things light, including a keyless ignition, speedo and discreet bar end and rear turn signals. And a clean sweep’s been done of the controls and cockpit (details are listed below).
Other fabricated bits include the headlight brackets, license plate holder and speedo bracket. The headlight’s decidedly modern, but we love it. It’s matched to an integrated LED taillight.
“We anodized them at a friend’s place. We destroyed a couple of pots and a pan… his girlfriend was pretty upset, but the parts are deep black now.”
They’ve built a second rolling chassis for the K100 (now dubbed the ‘K101’), so they’ll be able to show off both custom styles at the Lost Weekend exhibition in Munich on Saturday 26 March.