Back in September, I got in touch with Bolt Motor Co. from Valencia in Spain. They amazed me with this beautiful, redefined version of the Honda CB750. Today they’ve amazed me again with this awesome BMR R100RS Scrambler. The last time I saw a BMW R-series like this, was back in 2016 with this R100 by Vagabund Moto. The keen eye instantly sees that this is a very high-quality, professional and thoughtful build.
It’s not the first time that Bolt took a BMW R100 as a base bike, but according to them, it’s nothing compared to their other builds so far. “Without a doubt, this is the bike on which we’ve spent the most time to go from the old, vintage machine to the modern wonder it is today”. They’ve sourced an original 1977 BMW R100RS (ouch!) and they’ve handled this project more like a prototype than a standard customized cafe racer/ scrambler. “This bike is a real piece of art and a beauty to see. But believe me, in real life it’s 10 times more beautiful!”
Summarizing all the long hours of work on this machine is a pretty firm task on itself. But the guys at Bolt Motor Co. all agree that the most challenging modification on this BMW R100RS Scrambler is mounting the USD for from a Yamaha R1 with radial brake caliper and larger disc on the original laced wheel of the BMW. Another piece of art which stands out in minimalism is the subframe and rear seat. Unlike many other builds, the seat is really hovering above the rear wheel. To achieve this, they’ve fabricated a hand-built, strengthened frame. To keep the dirt from hitting the engine, they’ve created a subtle fender which fits perfect in the design of this bike.
Details like this are what has made the “#Bolt9” perfectly combine the charm of a classic motorcycle with the technology of today. And this is exactly where the real strength of this transformation lies because although this model is one of the most used base bikes, it is far from what we are used to seeing these days.
With the upgraded front suspension and brakes, the rear got a progressive Hagon shock to upgrade the overall handling of the bike. Of course, they’ve completely rewired the bike and used a Motogadget M-unit as the electronic heart. Minimalistic buttons were mounted and the bike got LED blinkers. To match the design and new high-flow air filters, they’ve placed a set of upswept GP mufflers.
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