Endurance racer tribute: VTR Customs’ wild BMW K100
Honda, Kawasaki and Suzuki battled Italian exotica from Laverda, Ducati and Moto Guzzi, with the added danger of pit stops for extra fuel and fresh rubber. We’re unlikely to see a return to these exciting times—but there’s a resurgence of interest in the era, and it’s seeping through into the custom scene.
VTR caused ripples a few months ago with a K100 built in collaboration with the shipwrights Boesch Boats, but they’ve outdone themselves was this endurance-style street legal racer.
“I knew right there that our next ‘K’ would be an homage to the endurance racers of the 80s.”
The VTR crew are all 80s motorcycle kids, starting their on- and off-road racing careers in the neon decade. So they know how to tap into that vibe. In the VTR storeroom, they found an 80s fairing from a GSX-R750; then they located a tail unit in their cellar—along with a PVM three-spoke wheel set suitable for the K100.
“We wanted a 4-into-1 exhaust set as high as possible, a central rev counter with a white fascia, a Monza gas cap, and a 1980s paint scheme.”
“The original 80s plastic tail was also a bit too heavy,” says Dani. “So we cut it, making it slimmer and more modern looking, and matching the overall lines of the bike. And to make it look ‘lighter’ when viewed from above, we added a handmade alloy grille on top.”
The windshield on the GSX-R750 fairing was a little too overbearing, so VTR trimmed it down to a lower profile, which was also seen on some bikes of the 80s.
With 90 stout German horses on tap, the longitudinal DOHC inline four has plenty of grunt. It now breathes through a steel exhaust from Italy’s Unit Garage, with a titanium muffler and removable dB killer.
“Then we saw the Jaguar Racing F1 cars from 2000 to 2004 … and kept clicking back to them.”
“The only change we made was to turn the HSBC bank logo into ‘HSKC’—to reference Schmerikon, our hometown.” The ‘24h’ on the number plates is in the style of the original Le Mans Logo, and the green is the perfect match for the light gold powder coat on the wheels.
The good news is that it’s for sale at 26,500 Swiss Francs (US$27,000), and it’s road legal too. If you fancy adding a dash of the resurgent 80s style to your garage collection, give Dani and co. a call.
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April 25, 2018 at 12:06PM