Motorcycle News - Moon Crawler: A luxe BMW R100 from Ironwood
Many of these builds are based on their blacked-out ‘Death Star‘ style, but they’ve also created extreme one-offs like ‘The Mutant‘—one of the most popular bikes ever shown on EXIF. So with their latest BMW-based project, Ironwood decided to build something in-between.
“Our goal was to make it cool to the eye and fun to ride,” says Ironwood founder, Arjan van den Boom. “Less aggressive and better handling than The Mutant, but more colorful and outspoken than The Death Star series (they are mostly grey or black).”
They gave the motor a refresh with new gaskets and seals, then painted and powder coated various bits to get it looking new. The subframe went in the bin, and the rest of the frame was cleaned up and sent for a fresh coat.
If you look closely, you’ll notice that the filters have been adorned with Ironwood’s logo. “Our partner DNA Filters made custom logos onto the pods,” says Arjan. “It’s the first time they’ve done it for anyone.”
The cockpit also features Tarozzi clip-ons, new grips, and switchgear from Motone. The headlight’s a full LED unit, with integrated turn signals, and there’s a second light lower down, mounted on the left engine crash bar.
There are some mean chassis upgrades too. “Since the moon surface is dusty and soft, with deep craters,” Arjan jokes, “the Moon Crawler is equipped with rugged shocks from Öhlins so it can maneuver like a spider.” We love the trick placement of the rear shock’s remote reservoir.
It was the exhaust that proved to be the most challenging upgrade. “We envisioned it with similar custom exhaust piping as The Mutant, but less radical,” explains Arjan. “The actual piping was a bit of a challenge—to get it aligned nice and close to the carbs and foot pegs.”
The Moon Crawler’s finished with one-off pieces like the front fender, billet gas cap, and laser-cut tank emblems. The final paint scheme is subtle and tasteful, with just the right amount of gold to set off the Öhlins bits.
via Bike EXIF http://www.bikeexif.com
June 12, 2018 at 12:09PM