654 Motors R100 Scrambler
By Ross Sharp - 29 Oct 14
The BMW R series is arguably the go-to donor for those wishing to stamp their mark on the custom scene. The bar is set pretty high when it comes to cool looking Airheads so builders have got to work pretty hard when marking their scent. Luckily Daniel, AKA Yaken, of 654 Motors is from Sweden; therefore stylish is part of his gene pool and as a result his builds are unlikely to be anything other than easy on the eye. Gratuitous shot of folk having a jolly time playing on motorcycles in the sunshine. Ahh, summer seems such a long time ago. The donor 1977 BMW R100 was purchased form a retired policeman and was in excellent serviceable condition. Despite this Daniel stripped the R down to the frame, cleaning and replacing parts along the way. The theme was to be Scrambler, so high pipes and knobblies would set the scene. It's hard to make a beemer look svelte, let alone dirt worthy, especially with the girthy fuel tank in situ. Paired down like a chair from the Ikea catalogue this Airhead looks as if it weighs no more than 160 kilos and begs you to rip it up a Scandinavian forest track. The brushed steel looking knee section turns the tank from Exxon Valdez to Steve McQueen Husky in an instant. Rather than chop 'n' loop the existing subframe Daniel went for the chop option, ditching original and fabricating a new unit with straighter top tubes on which to mount the beautifully crafted Nubuck leather seat. In true Scando-fashion, powder coating proved to be slightly uncouth for a component as precise as a wheel rim, so in this case black anodising keeps oxidisation at bay. Mitas trials rubber sorts the traction out, and having seen these tyres firsthand, I can confirm that in the flesh they are the most handsome option, perhaps even nicer than the Michelin version. In a pleasant break from the norm the exhaust pipes are a forethought rather than an uncomfortable bolt-on. If you're scrambling, you want your pipes high-up and out of harms way. In addition, anything that can undo the BMW's undercarriage looking like an overindulged clergyman's paunch; then all the better. For me, sending the pipes under the seat and slash cutting them alongside the mudguard is not only a thinking mans solution but something innovative and fresh; sort of thing I wish I had thought of. The battery box has been banished to a grimey life under the swingarm, leaving the pipes in podium position. Handlebars are a very personal thing, if you are someone that appreciates a decent pair. The rise and sweep of these retro styled chrome beauties gets me quite excited, I just want to grab them and go for a ride. That's the whole point of a decent pair, right? Recessed mini-switchgear and classic levers keeps the view uninterrupted, Motogadget M-Lock removing the need for ugly and rattly ignition keys. Matylda Mcilvenny hand painted the 654 logo on the army blue painted tank, and a what a lovely job she has done. Regarding the ride, Daniel says; "Even though the bike is big it handles brilliant in city traffic and with these tires there is nothing stopping you taking a detour through the woods". I reckon a back to back test with the Fuel Motorcycles Strial 4two is in order; although at this time of year I reckon Daniel would be more keen to head over to Karles' place in Barcelona to find out. If you're a pickled herring magnate or successful in the flat pack furniture scene and fancy a more stylish ride to work, then get in touch with Daniel/Yaken via his website. If you're a mere mortal and like ogling well crafted machinery follow the 654 Facebook page and check for updates on their new 600m2 Stockholm facility and future builds.