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Kevils Speed Shop’s BMW R100 RS – “Le Mans”

Posted on November 24, 2012 by Scott in Scrambler, Tracker. 24 comments

If you are going to use a race car as inspiration for your BMW scrambler project, there is not a better, more famous or outrageously cool race car than the 1970 Gulf Porsche 917 featured in Steve McQueen’s movie ‘Le Mans”. The classic Gulf powder blue with marigold orange trim is one of the most iconic racing liveries in history. Kevin Hill from Kevils Speed Shop in Devon, England, decided to use these iconic colors and Porsche 917 as motivation for this sensational street scrambler he has named “Le Mans”. Kevin has a serious soft-spot for old BMW boxers and has built too many to count over the years. He started working in the motor industry straight from school in the early eighties and has had a varied career since, including industrial model making. “I suppose that’s how I got a keen eye for detail and design,” he says. It wasn’t until 2009 that he decided to make his passion of building custom motorcycles his full time job – and we’re sure glad he did.

Like many of us, Kevin’s love of motorcycles started at a very young age. “Truth be told, I fell for bikes early in life,” he says. “When my dad took me to the Bristol Motorcycle Show in the seventies and I was hooked! The shiny new bikes and that smell did it for me, then I found myself in the middle of some sort of mid-life crisis and you could say bikes are my passion.”

This Gulf styled scrambler has the stock horizontally opposed flat-twin 1000cc boxer engine. They are not the most streamline of engines but there’s no denying that they do look pretty sexy when sitting right. Kevils have custom made the brushed stainless high level exhaust system with cocktail shaker chrome silencer.

Kev has added a white faced digital speedo, custom aluminium cafe style seat trimmed in leather and has also made a side mount licence plate. The bike also features perspex side panels with air holes to replicate the endurance cars side windows from the Porsche 917 – a genius touch if you ask us.

As they say, the Kevil is in the detail and Kevin clearly has a great eye for detail and aesthetics. We love this scrambler and its homage to Le Mans and Gulf racing. If McQueen was alive today, we could definitely see him loving this bike and giving it a good squirt on any given Sunday, Monday or Tuesday.

If you’re wondering what lucky bastard owns Steve McQueens actual Porsche 917 from the movie ‘Le Mans’, then you might not be that surprised to know that Porsche addict Jerry Seinfield payed $4 million for it a few years back. Nice if you have that kind of spare change, but if you ask us we’d rather pop this big prize in our garages; we’d still be up 3.98 mill and we’d be able to take it for a spin without the 10 man support team and the paparazzi in tow. Poor Jerry.

Kevils are currently building one bespoke BMW bike a month, if you want to get on that list contact Kevin here.

  • mue

    Thank you for that. Probably one of the most inspiring BMW-Custombikes i’ve ever seen.

  • Show me someone who doesn’t like a sweet custom BM like this, and I’ll show you a person who is most likely dead. Or at the very least a fool.

    • Ditto.

    • Andy

      Challenge accepted. why run a high pipe if you are going to keep a deep sump?

  • arnold

    Clear side covers get me thinking. Three thumbs up.ald

    Kevil does have a prolific production and theme going on, doesn’t he?

  • farmersracer

    Fantastic style:) I realy like the exhaust 2-1

  • Man this is a great looking bike. the side covers are a very cool idea.

  • Love off-road airheads. This one reminds me of the ISDT beemers from the old days. Great details, cool color choice, nice stance. I think McQueen would have loved it.

    • itsmefool

      I hate when people put words in other folks mouths…McQueen is probably at the top of the list whenever this tired phrase is trotted out in the motorcycle press. In this case, tho, I’m willing to bet he would’ve loved this bike, too!

  • cagivarider

    This beemer has a beautiful colorscheme and many very nice details.
    Too many. All in all it looks a bit cluttered to me.

    Best regards

    • blackbird

      Now I see what your getting at but after mulling on it, I couldn’t really figure what to cut out. What were you thinking Sven? I would be interested to hear your opinion. One thing, while I appreciate the reference with the translucent side covers, I can’t quite put my finger on i do or don’t like bout um. maybe just not my style?

  • It’s a bit strange to see knobbies with a café seat setup, but I’d love to take this thing out for a spin. Looks like long pants are required unless you want a cheese-grater tatoo on your leg.

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  • ccc40821

    Neat paint job. Even saw it on a P-38, where it took me quite a while to see that it was photoshopped…

  • Mike

    Having fun imagining running that thru back country mountain roads….like the Al-can Highway…WFO all the way!!!!!!!

  • squirto

    i often think his bikes look like what a 5 year old would produce when asked to draw a motorcycle. the lines aren’t quite right and colours are a bit lairy

  • Now&Zen

    The bike ? Two thumbs up ! The paint job/tribute BS ? Not so much . Actually I’d go as far as to say the whole ‘ Tribute ‘ thing is a bit pretentious and silly . I can all but guarantee you if Steve McQueen were alive he’d be slapping the builder upside the head asking WTH he ruined such a great custom with such a silly and irrelevant paint job . But ……. like I said . Paint job aside this is one mighty fine Beemer .One look at the B&W photo says that quite clearly

    Theme bikes . Never a good idea IMHO .

    • To quote Steve… “Every time I start thinking the world is all bad, then I start seeing people out there having a good time on motorcycles; it makes me take another look.” Does this sound like a guy who would slap a builder for building a bike in homage of his favourite movie (which almost sent him bankrupt) and his favourite race car? Me thinks not… IMHO

  • Did I just sense the ghost of Guitar Slinger – the air just got a little colder.

    • arnold

      Wow! Clone? Not enough pause periods to be the original…………………………

      • I think you nailed it ;^}

  • wow thats beutiful

  • yogagypsy

    i dig it fo sure ….??? i dont know about plexy glass for the battery cover????? i would ride it ,,, but after i remove the plexy glass …. dont get confused its a buet…

  • madhatter

    These motorcycles are great! infect i only stumbled across Kevil’s bikes today. I have to say i’m completely hooked, i want one. just need to persuade the wife its a great idea……