Kingston Customs R100/7
By Gareth Roberts - 24 Jul 14
Kingston Customs are fast garnering a reputation for taking donor bikes that run the risk of over familiarity and turning them into astonishing and unusual machines, whether it be the outstanding Il Sardo Triumph, or their sublime CX500 C. Having seemingly reached near perfection with their R75/6 bobber, they've returned to the heavily populated airhead arena with their latest creation, the R100/7. True to form, they've produced an exceptional build that is both stunning in it's simplicity, and intriguing in the detail. Recognised for producing one of the most lauded boxer bobbers of recent times, this time they've turned their hand to a cafe racer. "BMW Cafe Racer? This is nothing new! Yeah, right! I wanted to build a bold and a little wicked, a creative, imaginative, headstrong, beautiful, reduced bike. A bike, which stands for adventure and passion" Taking a 1979 R100, they stripped off all the ugly and unnecessary bits and consigned them to ebay. The frame was stripped, modified and powder coated, with the in house custom fabricated tank matched in the rich BMW Ocean Blue Metallic. The hydraulic Sachs shock was heavily modified in the workshop and further fabrication work was completed to create the windshield, side stand and battery housing. The loom was built from scratch to accommodate the Bates 5.5 headlamp fitted with a 4.5 lens, the bull eye indicators and my personal favorite detail, the old school BMW rear light mounted inside an exhaust manifold. The controls are Domino Universal with CNC ali switches. The footrests are Tarozzi and the exhaust old school Norton. The sum of the parts is another stunning yet playful build, one which is genre busting. Weighing in at an impressively light (for an R100) 169kg, this is no slouch. See more from Kingston Customs here on their Bike Shed Page, or on the Kingston Customs Blog.