- Brat Style
- R65 (R80 Engine)
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- Cardiff, UK
- Days listed:
- 0 days
Tell us about your bike
The bike was purchased in September 2015 as a standard R65 with the R80 (800cc) engine transplanted in by a previous owner. DVLA have been notified of this upgrade. She had been well looked after by a BMW specialist in Lincolnshire and happily made the 350 mile journey to South Wales without skipping a beat.
She was accepted into the Shed Built category at the 2018 Bike Shed show at Tobacco Dock and she very much looked the part stood next to many other beautiful custom creations and if you attended the show, you probably saw her there!
The desire to build this bike came from a lovely example that the guys at Down & Out Motorcycles created a few years back. Their R80 Boxer Gold set the wheels in motion and I knew I had to get something like this built and add my own touches along the way.
The project began by stripping the bike back to the barest bones and diving straight in with powdercoating and aqua/ vapour blasting which both helped to get parts cleaned of corrosion and protected against the harsh coastal weather.
Lots of parts such as mudguards and sub frame were produced by Down & Out and the completely new electrics include a full overhaul of parts from the likes of motogadget & motone. It has been a long process getting Marcy on the road once again but now that she is, the sense of satisfaction has been overwhelming.
The wiring is extremely discrete and barely visible thanks to meticulous work hiding it within the handle bars, along the spine of the frame and terminating at the Motogadget M-Unit & fuse box mounted under the seat which is also barely visible.
She's perfect for tackling the open roads and narrow country lanes alike and as much as she loves being kept clean, she doesn't look half bad caked in mud either. In any case she's a real head turner!
Although I don't typically build bikes to sell, the need to gain funds to put towards other projects outweighs the desire to keep her so it's with a very very heavy heart that she's going up for sale.
Frame: 1979 R65 (original VIN plate on frame)
Engine: 1978 R80
Tank colour: BMW Laguna Seca Blue & White
Tyres: K60 Scout
Wheels: Original BMW 'Snowflakes' Powdercoated gloss black
Carbs: Original 'flat top' BMW (stripped, cleaned and rebuilt)
Forks: Original R65 rebuilt with new seals
Front Brakes: Original Brembos stripped, aquablasted and rebuilt with new genuine rebuild kit and brake pads.
Rear Brakes: New genuine BMW shoes, rod and foot brake switch fitted
Final Drive/ Bevel box: Aquablasted exterior casing
Yokes: Original bottom yoke replaced with NOS part from BMW Motorworks complete with new bearings
Driveshaft: Replaced original with NOS part from BMW Motorworks complete with new UJ bolts to gearbox
Mileage: <3000 miles since restoration
MOT: March 2020
Transmission: 5 speed
Handlebars: Renthal Street Fighter
LED indicators: Motogadget M-blaze
Handlebar Switches: Motogadget & Motone
Handlebar Grips: Motogadget Black Rubber
Throttle mechanism: Domino
Clutch and Brake levers & perches: Triumph Daytona 675
Brake Lines: Custom made carbon fibre finish
Throttle Cables: Custom made to suite upgraded mechanism
Brake Fluid Reservoir: LSL billet CNC aluminium
PLC: M-unit V2 & fusebox hidden under seat
Ignition: M-lock keyless fob
PVC black brat seat: D&O
LED tail light: D&O
Security: M-unit alarm
Downpipes: BMW OEM stainless steel (polished & sealed)
Silencers: Aftermarket matte black 'baseball bat' style
Numerous stainless steel items fitted throughout the bike
Check out her entire build from standard R65 to modern classic street scrambler on instagram:
Also see her in action on YouTube:
Any questions feel free to get in touch.