Thursday, August 26, 2010

2nd UPDATE: Suddenly Street Legal! BWM Cafe / Former Racer.

Second Update.  Thanks once again to our very knowledgeable commentators (thanks Tony) I have been informed that this is a creation of Ritmo Sereno (maybe I should try reading the decals on the bikes).  A seriously drool-worthy Japanese base builder of custom European machines.  Here is a direct link to one of the bikes below.   I can't help you with the translation but the pictures speak for themselves.

Update:  A clarification.  As was pointed out in the comments I think it's possible that this is the same bike but not really likely.  They are similar enough to make for an interesting blog entry but probably different rides.  Probably the same builder.  That or they knew (of) each other.

Now it's a racebike....
Add lights and remove the pan and now it's a Cafe... or is it the other way around.   Stunning bike(s) either way.


  1. You sure that's the same bike? There's a lot of other differences than lights and pan. Oil cooler, shift linkage, air filters, forks, front brake lines, seat, engine position relative to bottom frame rails, etc. Two very similar bikes, yes. Maybe even the same bike totally rebuilt. But a lot more than an afternoon of adding lights.

  2. IIRC the first one is an R80, and the other a freshly built R100RS, both restomodded by the incredible team at Ritmo Sereno.



    i wanna see him race on it...someday!!!

  4. These bikes can be found on the bikeexif site. They are listed as bmw r100 race replica. The story tells how they came into being.

  5. The two bikes look similar but are completely different. The road bike was inspired by the race bike, which is itself a replica. The full story appeared on Bike EXIF about ten days ago, here:

  6. check:

  7. This picture should explain it nicely:


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