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‘92 BMW R100R – Blitz Motorcycles

Posted on February 3, 2014 by Andrew in Brat, Scrambler. 13 comments


As the school ma’am cliché goes, “begin as you wish to continue”. Or maybe legendary Australian racer Peter Brock said it better, when he coined the phrase “bite off more than you can chew and chew like hell.” Whatever the case, we thought that we’d kick things off after our big redesign with the latest (and dare we say sweetest) bike from one of Europe’s best shops. Or should we say ateliers. It’s a rather svelte-looking BMW R100R , and it’s from those famous Frenchmen with a German name, Blitz Motorcycles.


We ask Fred from Blitz to walk us through the build. Here’s the highlights. “The donor machine was a BMW R100 R from 1992, which was the last carburetor boxer engine ever produced by BMW. The whole engine has been opened and checked, but given it was only 3000 miles old, nothing needed to be changed.”


“The we started on the 100% handmade sub-frame, and followed with a bespoke battery box welded under the rear loop which we filled with a tiny Ion-Lithium tiny battery. Then we covered it all with a bespoke seat designed to match the rear loop exactly.”


All we need now is some badda and boom

“Speaking of electrics, we completely simplified all the wiring which also allowed us to mount the non-BM tank and the Blitz Motorcycles mini switches which control the starter, headlights, blinkers and horn. Then we mounted them to vintage Triumph handlebars with an aftermarket front brake and clutch lever. As you can see, we finished it off with little handmade brake reservoir.

The frame and foot pegs are in a dark grey powder coat, which is the same colour as the U-Boats of WWII

The wheels, handlebars, forks, engine covers, brake pedal and gear shift have all been powder coated in a shiny black. The frame and foot pegs are in a shiny dark grey powder coat, which is the same colour as the U-Boats of the Kriegsmarine during WWII. The real eye-catcher is obviously the vintage Honda CB125 S tank. For that we  chose the same dark grey as the frame, but in a matte. The frame had of course to be adapted to ‘welcome’ the new tank, too.”


“For some finishing touches, we added a mini Bates tail light and hand-made some front blinkers which we mounted on the fork tubes; the inspiration came from the Stealth Speedtractor ones,with their blessing, of course! Then we stumbled upon a vintage rally car fog light and used it as the headlight, naturally with original yellow glass in place.”


“The final mod was a 100% bespoke 2-in-1 exhaust pipe and stainless steel muffler made on our behalf by Hat-tech . Believe it or not, the bike now sounds just like a R1200 R.”


They’re totally Blitzed – Fred Jourden (L) and Hugo Jezegabel (R)

Chatting with Fred via email, we also nominated the exhaust as his favourite part of this build and looking at the hero shot above, it’s not hard to see why; not only does it make the bike but it also adds a rather lovely racing twist to the already intriguing brat-meets-scrambler vibe the Parisians have got going on. For more shots and all the other Blitz build, be sure and visit the Blitz site.

  • L_Mariachi

    General Pipeburn question, not specific to this build: How much do these bikes go for, ballpark? A lot of them start out humble but there’s obviously tons of work put in.

    • Novak Tomovic

      By my experience – it depends on the market, bike and the builder. Some markets have no value for such builds so the builders mostly work for private satisfaction and rare few. Some again have more work than they can handle. In my country, for example, it is next to impossible to find builder to make minor modification, and complete build is just a far dream.
      Basically – transfered to money – it goes from 2000 for a small bikes to infinity for a full custom Indian silver arrow (e.g.) ::)

    • It’d only be a guess, but I think a bike like this would set you back around US$10-15k depending on where you had it done. Some of the bikes here would be a lot cheaper than that, and some would be a hell of a lot more expensive.

      • L_Mariachi

        That Lucy from a few days ago went for $8,800 on ebay, which strikes me as on the low side, but I know nothing. Except that I’d much rather ride that than some fugly $100K custom chopper *cough orange county cough*. Nothing against choppers in general, but lor some people have a lot more money than taste.

  • Zundap

    Nice bars. ..Z

  • I gotta say, I’m always a sucker for a racing brake reservoir done like that. So ‘form following function’…

    • scootunit

      I think back on the leaky hydraulics I have nursed along past their freshness date. This little tiny reservoir would never have kept up to the job.

  • Bultaco Metrella

    I like what these guys are doing. IMO this is a difficult style to bring off successfully and they have managed to nail it. This style doesn’t have the eye candy of succulent finishes and meticulous fit but evolves from stance, proportions and myriad details such as the switchgear and the pipe wrap and so on. I would never buy or ride one like this and as a lifelong BeeEmm fanboy, part of me says that was a perfectly good BeeEmm so why? But this bike grew on me and I can appreciate it.

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  • Phooey

    I love the work these guys do, the Green Hornet was one of the inspirations for my Triumph Brat conversion. I use it as much as I can, I only have a small commute so sometimes how it looks and how it makes you feel is more important than practicality!
    I love how they bring the bikes back to basics, loose everything not important to the experience of riding these machines and give them a twist…
    We’ll done boys keep up the great work!

  • David

    hmm maybeeee a little to less brakefluid?
    anyway – i do not comment very often – but this build is by far the most awesome of all ugliest builds i have ever seen. this thing is art – some kind of a critic about serious bike bulding – or motorcycle dadaism? no – its a statement – everybody is a bike builder! thanks for this one blitz!

    btw – did you take lessons at

  • E Brown

    Hey, I’ve seen this bike before – it’s in the promo vid for the new RnineT!

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