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BMW K75 by Renard Speed Shop


Posted on May 8, 2014 by Scott in Café Racer. 33 comments

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Written by Ian Lee.

When you’re rebuilding that barn find, what you are really doing is recycling. Bikes that may have been destined for the scrap heap are given new leases of life by those who can see beyond the rust and years of decay. One of the prime examples is this BMW K75, a rarely modified machine of which this is the first example to grace the pages of Pipeburn. This particular K75 sat for ten years in a barn in Germany – waiting patiently for someone to give it some love. Eventually Andres and the guys from Estonia’s Renard Speed Shop came to the rescue. The builders themself weren’t sure at first if the bike would be “interesting enough to build”, but we’re glad they changed their minds.

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Bent slightly in an accident a decade ago, the bike was parked up in a German barn until recently, when it was rescued and brought to the Renard workshop in the north of Estonia. The bike was in a sad state on arrival, nursing bent forks and a dented tank. Once stripped down, an idea of the damage could be gauged, and the direction of the build ascertained. And what a direction it has taken.

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With the designer deeming the engine to be adequate for the task, the modifications carried out on the bike have been carried out with aesthetics and handling in mind. The gas axe was taken to the frame, and stance of the bike improved out of sight. The rear suspension now sports an adjustable monoshock setup that lies parallel to the swingarm. “Visually, it’s very attractive and functional at the same time” says Andres. The rolling stock has been upsized, with 17 inch wheels now fitted and wider tires helping with grip. The bent forks had to go, and in their place sit a set of upside down forks, mounted up with radial callipers. The Beemer has ditched it’s factory clutch & brake master cylinder, and is now packing ISR sourced units.

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To achieve the sleek lines of the bike, a hefty amount of work and effort has been employed. The rear section has been changed and the rear of the fuel tank lowered to suit. Built from scratch, the Alcantara bound seat assembly features an integrated BMW R1150 tail lamp unit. In an effort to keep the frame clutter free, the electrical harness and componentry is mounted under the seat and the tank. Hugging the modified frame, the 38mm custom exhaust terminates in a Danmotos silencer. 

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Not a bike to be trailered, just last week the Beemer was out for a 250km run. According to Andres; “I love how it acts, the engine is pretty torquey, centre of gravity is low and the bike is easy to ride”. Looking beyond the initial hesitation as to whether the bike would make a good donor bike, the crew at Renard have produced a curve happy streetfighter. Taking a banged up Beemer this Estonian workshop has done it’s part for the environment by giving this bike a new lease on life. Saving nature, one bike at a time.

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  • Casper

    Love the seat assembly!

    • Spyker May

      Ditto – seat-tail = catchy, BUT note the rear shock assy, even more street cred in my micro frame of ref. Shades of Terblanche’s Moto Guzzi V12 Le Mans concept. All said – the RSS K75 is a good build – balanced aesthetics, cool detail, professional craftsmanship and just the right amount of quality parts.

      Something that stood out above all (for me) though:

      In broad strokes the RSS K75 resembles the (new-old) Nine-T; the 9-T being marketed as a “retro-roadster”. Did the tag “retro-roadster” strike you as you first looked upon the RSS K75..? I am not so sure…

      Observation: “Roadster” = YES; “Retro”.., well, maybe, maybe not. I am NOT convinced that BMW got it on the button with the styling of the 9-T (despite the high profile involvement – eg snot-faced Sands, etc.).

  • Jacob Speis

    The recent influx of builders de-uglying K bikes is outstanding. This thing looks ballsy as hell.

  • Love the K bike. These are often overlooked by builders but the massive “brick” motor is a very aggressive hunk of motor and this build shows it off quite well. It almost looks like a factory concept bike. Eine kleine K Kustom.

  • Dang, that is a good looking motorcycle. The integrated taillight is very well executed and looks great. I even like the decal on the inner rear wheel surface; it’s fitting for this bike.

    • MotoTrooper

      Schmetterling means ‘butterfly’ – I wonder how that factors into this build?

      • cab305

        Metamorphosis from ugly caterpillar to beautiful butterfly.

  • MotoTrooper

    Hopefully made it a bit lighter in the process, I’ve read that K75’s power/weight ratio isn’t the best. But also that they’re charismatic engines -smooth running and enjoyable. Great build period!

  • Jorgan

    That seat and tail light!! Overall a great looking bike, but that seat is what stands out to me.

  • Joe Suzuzki

    My biggest complaint on all of the K Bike customs is always the tank/frame/subframe intersection. Its a jumble of lines and angles that distract and look out of place. But these guys solved that problem magnificently. Well done, sirs!

  • Davidabl2

    BMW should just quietly buy back the bike..and study it.

  • CSK

    I have never wanted anything more in my life.

  • arnold

    This is one of the many times I wish that I knew something about BMWs. It seems extraordinarily well done, surrounding the lump with proper gear to provide the appearence of a flickable bike.
    What’s in the Estonian water anyway?

    • Inspiration and good taste obviously…

  • Guzzto

    2 things, this looks better than the RnineT and there goes the price of flying brick K series.

  • Hugo Eccles

    maybe ‘butterfly’ is reference to Muhammad Ali: nimble and punchy?

  • Love a good K-series. And this one >is< a good K-series…

  • Marshall Andrews

    That rear suspension setup is just incredible. I’ve never seen anything like it, but it brings such a powerful line to the table.

    • It looks like the rear suspension takes inspiration from Pierre Terblanche’s Guzzi prototypes from a couple of years ago.

  • Tom C.

    Love it – nice stance, doesn’t resemble a BMW – that’s a good thing!

  • S. Thompson

    I am loving these Beemer builds featured of late, but this one really stands out. Excellent job.

  • Giuliano Massimiliano Minutill

    Ben curata e proporzionata.

  • And that’s the most liked bike this year. IMHO it couldn’t go to a nicer ride…

  • cab305

    Finish is insane! Def contender for bike of the year.

    But just to nit pick. Very common in BMW rebuilds, gas tanks always have that bottom edge where plastic overlaps. Why doesn’t any one ever trim that off?

  • Jonathan Fox

    What brand of headlight is that and is that orange ring decorative or is it a halo light?

  • TJ Martin

    Brother ! Talk about being stunned senseless by a bike . Perhaps the oddest bike to base a custom/cafe bike on . Done to the Nth degree . Nary a bad angle to be seen [ at least from the photographs on offer ] Absolute perfection and proof you can make a Silk Purse out of a Sows Ear if you have the talent , time and money

    I am truly dumbfounded by this one .

  • Oliver Seibert

    great craftsmanship but Id love to know what it sells for and how much money and time was put into it. I hope people appreciate it more than I think they do for the sake of my own k75 build.
    http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=52412.0

  • Artifact Moto

    I never thought I’d want a K75… much less lust after. This thing is perfect. The seat and taillight integration make the bike. Absolute want!

  • G$

    For gods sake can no one who builds a K-custom not address the tank seam which is hidden by bodywork on the stock bike. Leaving it exposed is so sloppy. Otherwise nice bike.

  • Ryan Batts

    best exhaust option for a k75 ever…where can i get one!

  • Louis

    I’m also working on a bike from the K series and I take a lot of inspiration from the K75. That’s why I would need to see some details in person, but now as the bike is no more in the Renard speed shop, I’m searching directly for the current owner. Anyone knows, who’s the lucky man riding this bike, or any ideas how to track him?? Thanks!

  • Love that seat / tail light – well done guys !

  • Ian Wells

    Consider me inspired