Boxer goodies: Polish custom house create stunning café racer BMW R100RT

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A Polish motorcycle custom house have transformed a 1982 BMW R100RT into a modern café racer.

Warsaw-based Eighty Six Gear Motorcycles spent a year-and-a-half turning the 49,700-mile classic into the bike you see here; after the customer they were building it for, gave them free rein over the design.

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With the engine and carbs stripped for inspection, the bike received new pistons and rings, plus a new clutch and cam chain. Other internal tweaks helped boost power by around 5bhp – taking the overall output to just shy of 70bhp. Aftermarket exhaust mufflers also help unlock a little extra bark.

BMW R100RT café racer front

Away from straight-line punch, the tired shocks were swapped out for YSS units, with progressive springs added in the forks, too.

New brake discs aid stopping power, with the Brembo calipers now equipped with a fresh reservoir and master cylinder.

Helping to transform the overall look of the old boxer is an aftermarket seat cowl, with the subframe also modified to help replicate the lines on the tank. Completing the look are a series of other modern touches, including new switches and LED strip lighting at the rear.

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Dan Sutherland

By Dan Sutherland

Senior Writer (motorcycling), sportsbike nut, currently riding a FireBlade