Friday, March 24, 2017

Lean and Mean BMW Dirt or Street Tracker Supreme

R80 BMW motorcycles are notorious among customizers for being well made to slim down into very raw mechanicals... This badass tracker is no exception.

R80RS Tracker Motorcycle

Tracker Motorcycle FrontFrom Pipeburn: "This old 1986 BMW R80RS has had four iterations. In its original form it was a tourer, designed to ferry middle-aged German men to Paris for wine tasting, to Madrid for lunch, or Kiev for sex tourism. Then Tattoo Customs got their grubby hands on it, stripped it back, painted it black and stuck Firestones on it, dubbing it a mixture of a cafe racer and a bratstyle bike – a ‘Brafe’. But the Firestones went all Firestoney and dumped the bike onto the road. So the third model was born: a nose down cafe racer with a psychedelic paint scheme. And now it’s been changed again – this time into knockout Bultaco-inspired flat tracker. Fourth time’s a charm...."

Even though it says it on the tank this is not a Bultaco Dirt Tracker...

Tracker Motorcycle Rear"Few outside the grumbling VMX crowd have any idea who Bultaco were. But in the 70’s, if you were after a nimble, lightweight, and wholly unreliable two-stroke you couldn’t go past the Spanish marque. The firm prided itself on bikes like the Six Day Matador – ostensibly named after an endurance race, but more likely named after the lifespan of its ignition system. They also peddled the gorgeous little Metralla cafe racer and the trials Sherpa bike. And then there was the upright Astro flat tracker. Which was especially appealing to the guys at Tattoo Customs."
R80RS Scrambler or Bobber

Tatoo Customs BMW R80RS Tracker - Das Spaniard
R80RS Cafe Scrambler Adventure

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