Motorcycle News - Coyote: How to turn the BMW R nineT into a desert sled
But for Karles Vives, ability is everything. He’s the founder of the Spanish custom shop Fuel Bespoke Motorcycles, and organizer of the 2,500 km ‘Scram’ tour that happens in North Africa.
“This BMW is inspired by the bikes that ran through the American deserts in the 60s, known as desert sleds,” he explains.
One of Fuel’s top goals was to create a flat line from tank to tail, so the BMW’s stock bodywork had to go. With the bike stripped, the crew fabricated a tubular structure that runs the length of the bike—creating a level surface for the new tank and seat to rest on.
The next challenge was to fit a smaller fuel tank—but still accommodate the OEM fuel pump. To achieve this, Fuel built a small aluminum auxiliary tank to house the pump, stashing it where the airbox used to be.
Hanging off either side are custom number boards, made for Fuel by a fiberglass specialist. The bike’s stacked with retro scrambler touches: wide, swept-back bars, a small headlight from a classic Spanish enduro bike, and chrome mudguards at both ends.
This sled’s not all show though. Fuel installed a new Andreani adjustable hydraulic cartridge kit in the forks, and an Öhlins shock at the rear.
Fuel also added grippy off-road footpegs from SW Motech, and a BMW sump guard. A set of aftermarket BMW valve covers help change the look up a bit more, and tiny LED indicators ensure there are fewer things that can break off if the boxer gets laid down.
“Plus the disappearance of the catalytic convertor, and the new K&N air filters, makes the bike much more aggressive at high RPM.”
“The paint job is inspired by an old bike from Harley-Davidson, built by Aermacchi and called the Baja 100,” Karles tells us. “A bike made by two motorcycle builders for riding the Baja race… a very similar idea to our project—two different brands building a motorcycle for riding in the desert.”
We love the factory Urban G/S, but Fuel’s Coyote is even more desirable. Hand us the keys to this animal, and we’ll disappear into a dusty Californian sunset in a heartbeat.
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June 21, 2018 at 12:09PM