Motorcycle News - The Black Phantom: Kingston takes a leap into the dark
There’s one Kingston classic BMW in particular that really left a mark on the scene: an R80RT with intriguing bodywork, dubbed ‘White Phantom.’ Dirk has now followed it up with an even more impressive, broodier sibling, just to prove that he can; meet ‘Black Phantom.’
“I never intended to top the White Phantom,” he says. “I just wanted to provide the bike with a companion—a sibling. White and Black, two that belong together, like Yin and Yang. Phantoms that appear from nowhere, that take your breath away, and then disappear again.”
For starters, he set out to build it without any elaborate frame mods—so that meant no cutting, grinding or welding. He also decided to stick to BMW parts wherever possible, and to limit the use of high-end tech.
The rolling chassis is an unmolested BMW R75 frame, mated to an R80/7 final drive and R80RT shocks. BMW R100RS forks have been grafted on up front, and modified with a skinny external springer system. (They’re also sporting the fork brace from an R75/7).
Powering the Black Phantom is the air-cooled boxer motor from a BMW R75. It’s hooked up to a five-speed R80/7 transmission (to match the final drive). The carbs are Bing 32s, but you’d need to lift up the seat to identify them: they’ve been relocated, and are now connected to the heads via custom tubing. Elongated Hoske silencers add an extra dose of class.
Up front, there’s a cutout for the engine, and a pair of beautifully crafted ducts. On the sides you’ll notice a pair of mesh-covered intakes, and you can even spot a Magura choke lever mounted on the right side. Unscrew a single brass fastener, and the leather seat flips up to reveal the carbs and battery.
Opening the left side also gives you access to the fuel cap. The actual fuel tank is a one-off aluminum unit, mounted low down and good for 15 liters. Dirk’s installed a new fuel pump to get the gas where it needs to be.
Dirk turned to MMB to create Black Phantom’s very own set of custom dials. Up top, you’ll find a speedo, tacho, oil pressure gauge and voltmeter. On the sides, there’s a pair of original R51 roundels, backed by LED rings. As for that tiny screen above the headlight—it’s a yellow replacement goggle lens.
Dirk’s just unveiled Black Phantom at the Wheels and Waves festival in Biarritz—in front of Ola Stenegärd and a host of other industry luminaries. Hopefully they’ll tell him he can’t build a third Phantom—just so we can see what he produces.
via Bike EXIF http://www.bikeexif.com
June 14, 2018 at 06:29AM