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1983 BMW R80RT – ‘CARNERA’


Posted on July 29, 2013 by Scott in Brat, Scrambler. 14 comments

We love the scramblers coming out of Europe at the moment. The latest is this BMW R80RT built by the talented brothers at Emporio Elaborazioni Meccaniche named ‘Carnera’. To most of us this name doesn’t mean a thing, but to Italian’s, Primo Carnera was one of the greatest boxers Italy has produced – winning the world heavyweight championship back in 1933. “We named it after him because our bike is a big, elegant and like him, it has a boxer engine too” says Andrea. The bike was commissioned by a customer from Tuscany whose brief was simple “create an elegant and bad ass vintage enduro.” Well, we think they’ve built a knockout Beemer.

Emporio Elaborazioni started the build with the rear frame which was chopped and shortened to give the rear tyre greater visibility. Then they worked on the large stock tank. “We don’t like this trend of using “boxy” big tank on a slim seat so we cut, and curved it to make the tank more minimal and follow the line we designed.” They also added a couple of nozzles and transparent fuel lines to make a visible fuel level on the tank – the external version of what they did with the Mastino XJR 1200. The seat was then custom made to follow the curve from the tank, then covered in Italian burgundy leather.

They really wanted to add some special details to the build. So to add a touch of “vintage” they modified a set of Ducati GT side covers, that look right at home on the bike. In their search for other details, they worked with a leather artisan who added all the leather details to the foot rests, the hand grips, the top of the headlight and the leather insert on the forks.

The classic lucas style headlight has been modified to insert the tachometer in it. The big headlight switch it had, has been turned into a engine kill switch and the actual light switch is on the handlebar. The headlight brackets are two wrenches which they seem to add somewhere to all their bikes – because the wrench is part of their logo design.

Other modifcations include new enduro handlebars, new brake pump, throttle and aluminium mudfender.
“We closed the air filter with a metal cup to improve the engine design and also put the key lock on it.”
To co-ordinate the fuel pipes with the tank level they used transparent tubes again with an aluminium filter. All the electric parts, which used to be housed in the big stock headlight, have been relocated to under the seat.

To finish the bike off and give it a more enduro style they opted for a 2-in-1 exhaust with an artisan muffler which was designed on an old Ducati scrambler type. Then finally the bike was given the stunning vintage themed paint job, using ivory with red and black pin stripes.

The guys at Emporio Elaborazioni have ‘pulled no punches’ building this sensational bike. They’ve turned a bulky stock R80T touring bike into a very classy vintage scrambler, which we bet will get the old men along the streets of Tuscany telling stories of their past machines.

[Photography by Simone Giorgi at Fotografo]








  • Mike Cambareri

    Pretty please, someone steal this bike, put some Avon Roadriders on it, and return it to its rightful owner.Then it would be absolutely brilliant.

  • Von Sieben

    thing might be very well built, but … isn´t it ugly?

    • Maybe an eye test is in order?

    • Mister Oddjob

      I agree. The overall look is gaudy and incongruous. The red leather accents (especially on the headlight visor) are tacky. The pleasing shape of the original tank has been lost. The Ducati sidecovers look tacked on. I also suspect that those skinny leather grips will be slippery and make it hard to control. A styling exercise at the expense of function.

  • itsmefool

    How’s that chrome mortar tube at the end of the exhaust gonna hold up while this thing is being scrambled? Don’t tell me this bike is a garage queen!

  • revdub

    You can’t accuse them of being afraid to do something different. I really like this and I’m not sure I can explain why. So many cool details. They nailed it on the seat. One of the nicest I have seen. The photography is beautiful too.

  • Britbike

    First things first, this not s ‘scrambler’ or ‘enduro’. There’s nothing other than the tires to suggest it might actually get off the pavement. A set of Dunlap K70’s would have been a bit more optimistic. That being said, it’s a great bit of work with some nice touches in the mechanical department. The leather add-on’s are a bit too chic for my tastes.

  • OldDaytona200mechanic

    Really a bad idea to use stacks or abbreviated air filters on Bing CVs, unless you wish to de-tune your motor. Also a bad idea to cant your fuel tank forward unless you wish to carry a superfluous fuel supply that can’t gravity feed to the fuel taps. But hey, who needs functionality when the idea is to follow a fad, right? The definition of a seenster applied to motorcycles in the ’10s.

  • coldsunshine

    I think it’s OK. I don’t buy the “scrambler” story. Adding a few styling cues does not a scrambler make, but that’s cool. It’d be fine for country roads with some intelligent grips.

  • Стефан ‘Dobermann’ Петров

    I like the seat. Nicely done. Also the airbox cover with the ignition key is great idea.

    Don’t like the tank and the leather accents.
    It is obvious that this bike will never ever see dirt, so velocity stacks will do the work unless there are Bings, oh never-mind… 🙂

    Also really don’t like putting Ducati covers on a BMW, but overall I think it is a good looking short trip/city bike.

  • Jonathan Noble

    Ha! Good luck jetting those bings with stacks.

  • anomac

    They had me up to the antique colour scheme. Doesn’t work for me nor the red leather accents.

  • Ken Lindsay

    Crabby Crab Crabbersons! Aside from the possible tuning concerns, this looks like a helluva bike! Sure, I would opt for different pegs and grips, but the current ones wouldn’t stop me from tearing down some gravel road or through a farmers field (post harvest, of course!). Pretty much every scrambler I’ve owned has been a 70’s street bike with knobbies and high pipes. I’m fairly certain this fits the bill…

  • David Brown

    I find the lines on this bike more disrupting than its use of materials and colour. Without getting close up it does appear to have had a full repaint, for which one would assume the proper prep work was undertaken first. As for the colours, cream, black and Oxblood (not simply a red (I nearly wrote, not Simply Red, like Mick Hucknell has anything to do with it)) are a good retro combination.

    If I was going to do this I would take the time to judge if the frame’s shape could be improved to align with the line of the tank and seat. I am quite enamoured of the materials. Good leather is a high quality material and is much less deserving of the mantle ‘tacky’ than an excess of electroplating or anodising. But the biggest crime is that tube on the right hand side of the tank. It totally fucks with the coach painting. I don’t recognise the tank so can’t say whether it is modified, but it would have been worth taking some extra time to ensure the tube doesn’t detract from the overall design. Overall I like it, even though it lacks balance and an attention to detail.