mechanical restore & aesthetic shift.
1985 BMW K100
it’s hard to say no to a cheap bike. especially, when it’s complete and titled on non opp.
having come to it’s demise with an electrical fire and left in a shop yard to be parted out,
i saw an opportunity to bring something back in my own way.
teardown & assessment.
as a coastal commuter between Santa Barbara and Camirillo, surface rust and aluminum oxidation was in no short supply.
decidedly best to strip the bike down to it’s fundamental components and go from there.
media blast. etch. coat. cure.
in stock format a k100 is a two up bike with a smuggler trunk in the rear.
that’s a lot of bike and I wanted less.
matching the frame with a 45 degree kick the goal is to look factory(ish) with an amply padded and tidy seat.
custom formed to contour the frame rails out of 6061 .100 aluminum.
template. cut. anneal. form.
had to build a basic metal brake to match the frame radius.
project or no project, making your own tools is one of the most reward experiences.