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To be honest, I have to say that bobbers are not a specific type of motorcycle that I love, but I must say that my perception slowly is changing in a positive direction. And if I take a look at the motorcycle market, I think we see a similar change in perception. Brands are jumping into this “market gap” with production models of the Triumph Bonneville Bobber and Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber. These are pretty cool machines which not only look quite good but also are great fun to ride (and isn’t that what it’s all about??). The fact is, is that I’ve not featured many bobbers here so I was glad to receive another submission from Eelco of the Dutch 14Cycles with his recently finished BMW R80 Bobber. It’s a total coincidence that the other featured bobbers here were also BMW’s (here and here). Most of these bikes seem more or less inspired by Relic Motorcycles’ “Black Baron”, we saw earlier on Pipeburn. And that’s not a bad thing I guess.

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While the look of this ’82 R80/7 is completely different than the original bike, the actual modifications are pretty modest and I think also pretty achievable for beginning builders. This is no offense to Eelco because he does almost everything by himself and is able to create amazing bikes (check out this one and this one). But if you like this build and have some budget to outsource some specialized works to professionals, you can build one yourself. And remember that is all about inspiring others to start building! So if you want to build one yourself I suggest that you read my cafe racer building plan, take a look at the mods/parts list below, buy a proper base bike in a decent shape, and look around for pro’s who can assist you with things you don’t dare.

BMW R80 Bobber Parts/Mods List:

  • Tires: Heidenau K60 (front: 100/90-19″ – rear: 4.10-18″)
  • Headlight and brackets: Triumph T100
  • LED aftermarket tail light
  • Speedo/dash: 48mm Daytona
  • Aftermarket clip ons
  • Seat: Biltwell Solo
  • Rear shocks: Hagon progressive
  • Monza gas cap
  • Custom subframe
  • Custom license plate holder
  • Biltwell Kung Fu grips
  • Emgo pod filters
  • GP-style muffler with wrapped exhaust
  • “Oldskool” headers
  • Biltwell “crash bars”
  • Paint job by Ralph Polderman fro HQC Paints (black/silver/venom green)

You can always contact Eelco and ask him to build one for you ;):

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About the Author: Ron Betist

Ron Betist grew up with motorcycles with a father heading the Amsterdam motorcycle police force. He has been riding (legally) for over 40 years and motorcycles are his true passion. With a life-long career in marketing and sales he has a huge international network. He joined as a contributor at BikeBrewers in 2017 to spread his word about bikes with the rest of the world.


  1. Marvin September 11, 2017 at 7:49 am - Reply

    Hi man,
    respect for this bike. i love it, I also want to customize my bmw r100t in an similar style.
    Now i have one question. How did you fix the seat with the frame? Is it welded?
    I hope you an read this comment and answear it.
    Thank you very much.

    • RYAN FLOWERS June 18, 2020 at 3:02 pm - Reply

      Pipe under the frame, welded, pokes out for the seat to bolt on. Google for Walzwerk BMW bobbers. They sell a kit in their store.

  2. Weston Jezek January 16, 2019 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    Can you send a few pictures of the sub frame and seat mount?

  3. Mason V. D. Merwe November 20, 2019 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    Can you show how the seat was nabbed to the frame? thanks

  4. Mason V. D. Merwe November 20, 2019 at 4:17 pm - Reply


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