Bangkok, Thailand isn’t exactly the type of place you’d think to find BMW “big bikes.” Typically the city’s residents are found zipping around on commuter bikes with 80cc 2-cycle engines. However, Eak, owner of aftermarket parts and accessories store K-Speed Superbike Parts, had enough of this stereotype. The bike enthusiast, who holds a special place in his heart for BMW boxers, began customizing these bikes across his 12 stores throughout Thailand. This 1981 BMW R100RS Cafe Racer is his latest creation.
The bike was purchased in original condition, and the build began with modification to the tail. They chopped the subframe, bent a new one and welded it on to give the BMW a more sports-like appearance. A custom Cafe Racer seat pan, covered in black leather, fits on the new tail loop. A sportier front end was accomplished through the addition of a vintage Japanese half fairing, mounted using custom struts and brackets.
Leveling the bike was possible with YSS rear shocks. K-speed also sought to add a classic Cafe look and sound with a pair of megaphone mufflers slipped on the bike’s custom exhaust headers. To top it all off, the bike was painted with a mix of matte grey, black and bare metal for that industrial look. The Retro Cafe Racer is a sheer knockout from K-Speed, and we’re excited to see what future the Thai company has in store for itself.