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La Corona’s ’81 BMW R100RS – “004”

Posted on February 25, 2013 by Scott in Scrambler. 24 comments

La Corona Motorcycles is one of the latest shops in Europe to be producing this stripped back street tracker look. Based in Barcelona, this is their fourth build by the four passionate Spanish builders. Each of their builds has used a different donor bike, but they all have the ‘less is more’ La Corona aesthetic to them. This time they decided to use a 1981 BMW R100RS. It’s the second incarnation of this beemer, originally being built red with black detailing. The stock bike had a sizeable complete fairing, which was the first thing to go. Their goal, like most of their builds was to build something simple and “naked” – we think they acheived this with flying colors.

They changed the original handlebars in favour of some dirt track bars – which gave the bike a more comfortable riding position. The clock is made by Acewell Digital and it’s also a little on-board computer for the bike. The stock wheels were replaced with gold mesh style wheels, and covered with a fresh set of Firestone ANS Military tires; 19 x 4.0 front and 18 x 4.5 rear.

The stock BMW R100RS fuel tank was also replaced with a Kawasaki kz750 tank – adding to the classic tracker styling they were looking for. The electrical wiring was also replaced and simplified. The battery is a gel battery with case was relocated under the engine. They also added a scrambler style headlight and rear light.

La Corona removed the stock air filters and case, and a new cover was constructed that flows better with the lines of the bike and it’s engine – they are planning to sell this case cover soon through our website.

Overall, they have created another beautiful naked tracker that has La Corona written all over it – particularly on the tank. As the boys from Barcelona said “we are very proud of this great bike.” And so they should be.

The bike is now for sale, so if you are interested contact La Corona through their website or Facebook page. 

  • sproggy

    I love this bike – it's incredible what a difference it makes to an airhead BMW changing the heavy-looking standard tank for something like this. Beautifully executed if you leave aside the pipe-wrap and 'no front mudguard' opinions.

  • Lewn

    The tank, seat, removal of the angular fairing and shorter mufflers are all great improvements that really help to kill-off that that boxy BMW look and giving the bike a much sleeker style. Nice.

  • Arnold

    Very striking color combination. Stripped, built up Beemers are a favorite of mine, and this one is especially good.

  • SR1911

    Too much tire for my taste but that is a stunner none the less.
    An excellent example of "less is more".

  • Lewn

    Really nice build, deceptively simple, they’ve managed very successfully to kill off that boxy BMW look and give it a much sleeker Japanese stance. The seat fits in just right, and the tank sits on it really well too, much prefer them from stock. The lack of huge angular fairing and the shortened mufflers look miles better too. If it were mine I’d go for analogue clocks and a lower rise bar.

  • Spittlejar

    Gorgeous. This is the lightest looking Beemer I have ever seen, and it looks fantastic as a result.

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  • Hamish Lamont

    Wow, that looks stunning! Why has no-one else changed the tank on an Airhead before? That and the paint absolutely transform this bike – it looks 100Kg lighter! – not taking anything away from the rest of it, (case update etc) which is excellent. I can guarantee this one wont be the last we see with super sleek updates. This has to be a ground-breaker. Awesome work.

  • nathas909

    This is a real nice looking bike. The color scheme is really classy. I dont noramlly like white frames, but with these great colored wheels it balances well.

    I would happily own this. And it does look comfortable to ride.

  • BoxerFanatic

    I knew I thought this thing looked like a Kawi when the page loaded, before I read the headline… and it does verify as a KZ750 tank.

    Kawasaki tank… but a blacked out boxer that from the side just looks like a black block… unless you see it from the front or back, or above, you can barely tell it has a boxer engine in stark profile.

    If that is what they were trying to pull off… they did it.

    If this were the style I were going for… I would have left some sort of detail on the engine as machined silver, just to break up the stealth black a little.

    A simple black minimal front fender… something to protect the rider, the front of the engine, and the hardware mounted on the front of the frame. Maybe a minimal swing arm-mounted rear fender to help the trans, and such. Doesn’t need to be huge.

  • Daniël

    This is just an incredible build, but I had a question, does anyone knows what kind of mufflers are mounted? I want to put them on my BMW.

    • arnold

      They kinda look like Arrows, but one of the great things available to us on this blog is that you can ask the builders and likely they will tell you.
      I agree with you, this is a cut above Beemer build.

      • arnold

        Yes, good looking bike.

    • Chester

      Search “Shorty Reverse Cones” on eBay and you’ll find them.

  • Looks cool. Don’t really care for digital gauges, but that’s just me. Reminds me of something Analog would do (sans wires/cables, of course.)

  • Wayno

    Now that's how a motorcycle is supposed to look.

  • It’s hard to make a boxer look light and nimble but these guys did the trick. The white frame and tank lightens up the look while the black motor kind of disappears, The big tires anchors the whole thing. Love the stance – love the look – the gold wheels are a nice feature.

  • ALDO

    Increible, hermosa moto. Saludos desde Argentina!

  • Mike

    Love this bike, a lot.

  • vachequipis

    The nicest non Kevils Beemer I have seen

  • Mike

    Does anyone know where these wheels came from? I’d love to get my hands on a set.

    • They appear to be the standard BM wheels powdercaoted or sprayed gold.

  • Ricki Martin

    La CORONA is one of the most beautifully designed European bike. From the picture i just feel it is rare to see this type of bike everywhere. If anyone having this bike must feel of having more than a car. I looked at its design and it seems to be more stylish bike that i have seen ever. I want have a ride on this. very nice stuff.

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