After the BMW K100 cafe racer we’ve posted yesterday, most custom “Flying Bricks” are completely overshadowed. I must be honest that the love for that bike biased me. But still, this doesn’t withhold me from posting custom BMW K-series. It’s always a matter of taste AND a matter of time before an even better machine pops up.
Ok, this isn’t the best intro for a bike, so let’s get down to the BMW K1100 cafe racer we see right here built by 8Tech Racing from Germany. Owners of 8Tech are Colin (23) and Merlin (25) from Frankfurt am Main. Colin studies Mechanical Engineering and Merlin just graduated as one. While Colin is at campus, Merlin focusses 100% on building motorcycles. And when not studying, Colin puts in all his time helping Merlin. Colin: “We were both influenced by our dads who are really into old cars, bikes and classic racing. So for us there was no other opportunity than to do what we do right now. Besides building bikes and studying, we do race our racebikes around circuits all over Europe”.
They picked up this BMW K1100 the week before Christmas in 2016. “It’s a 1994 model and had a blue metallic color, very ugly bike“ says Colin. They wanted to create their own version of a newschool cafe racer. They picked the K1100 because they already had some experiece with the K100 they modified earlier. “We wanted to test how much you can make a ‘sporty’ and rideable bike out of a K-series.”
(Colins words) The result is very satisfying. The bike handles very precisely, especially with the Wilbers modified GSXR1000 forks we installed. In the rear works a Wilbers 633 Competition shock, fully adjustable, and for also higher or lower the rear we installed a fully adjustable para lever strutt additionally. For the front, we used a Triumph rim and so could replace the original BMW 305mm brake discs with 320mm EBC’s. The Brembo monoblock calipers are from Ducati, getting their pressure from a Galespeed VRC19 brake pump. The braking power now is absolutely enormous.
The dashboard is a Motogadget, also as the m-unit, m-button, etc. so actually the complete electronic hardware is by Motogadget. Handlebars and rear sets are Gilles Tooling. The adapters for installing the rear seats are self-made CNC-milled (we sell them in two different styles).
The rear is self-made, out of glass fiber reinforced plastic, the seat is Alcantara. Furthermore, is a self-made stainless steel flow-optimized airbox with K&N filters mounted. The exhaust system is also partly self-made, partly modified original with a SC Project Titanium silencer on it.
In the end, the bike weights only 213kg with all fluids and a full gas tank! (original was around 280kg)
I guess this particular project was the last one as a duo. We are about to get one more person in the shop, but that’s a story for the next project 😉