No reason to spend more time standing still than is required to fill up the gas tank of this magnificent ’88 K100 based caféracer. This baby is built to ride (and ride, and ride and ride).
Bikebrewers have been following the man behind the project on Instagram (@kustom_moto) for quite some time. We’ve seen some beautiful stuff roll out of his workshop in the past years.
Reason enough to give Paul Fill some extra attention.
The London based builder has a history as a genuine track racer. He retired from racing his Triumph T3 (ex) Racing competition bike in 2013 in France and the UK and now focusses on building motorcycles as a hobby, combining it with his work as a technical specialist in the coatings industry.
It blew us away
The ‘Hurricane’ as this bike is lovingly christened, was a commissioned project. A ‘flying brick’ lends itself perfectly to create a genuine caféracer, which is exactly what the client had in mind.
The K100 is a popular bike to rebuild, but to be honest not every attempt is successful. However, the ‘Hurricane’ blew us away instantly. After seeing pictures on Insta we immediately sent a message to Paul that we would love to share the story with our readers.
We are pretty sure you will share our enthusiasm.
Paul’s attention to detail creates excitement and causes spine-tingling. Asked about his favourite part of the bike he responds without hesitation: “The front end is what I am particularly satisfied with. It is nice clean and gives the bike a ‘broad shouldered’ look. It is in perfect balance with the rest of the bike.”
As much as he loves building, the wiring invariably poses a challenge. “Definitely not my favourite bit, but you just need to spend time to get it right. If it does not pan out as you want it, go have a cup of coffee and clear your mind before going back at it. In the end things will work out as long as you keep your cool” the builder says with a smile.
Home-made & outsourced
Most of the work was done by Paul himself, but the frame welding, the tank paint job and the seat were outsourced. The handmade seat was done by Amsterdam based ‘Silver Machine’ (see story on this outfit our website).
We absolutely love the combination of the seat and the tank. Such perfect lines and the colour just really complete the picture.
Last but not least, the most important question; “How does it ride?”
Again a broad smile from Paul. “Silly question man hahaha! The beautiful suspension and super sticky tyres ensure a top performance and a really smooth ride. And if the urgency is there, the two massive Brembo front discs will make sure you will be able to avoid unnecessary damages. What else would you expect from and ex-track racer?”
Paul looks back at his latest project with satisfaction. And rightfully so!
List of modifications
• BMW S1000RR front end
• ‘One off’ hand-crafted brushed leather seat (Silver Machine)
• BSK Speedworks exhaust
• Motogadget Keyless Ignition
• Motogadget Dials
• Supermoto tyres
• Modified rear wheel
• Custom powder-coated frame
• ‘One-off’ metallic tank paint
• Hand Made numberplate bracket
• Z17 Fuel Cap