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BMW R100 by Nozem Amsterdam

Posted on December 8, 2014 by Scott in Café Racer. 34 comments


Written by Martin Hodgson.

At first glance this is a café racer based on a BMW boxer obviously built by a talented team. But as you take it all in you realise it’s builds like this that finally and empathetically make the statement that the elite of custom bike building is no longer exclusively a V-Twin domain. It’s no surprise then to see big names like Roland Sands and Marcus Walz turn their hands to Metric bikes. But this is what Lorenzo, Delano and Daniel from Nozem Amsterdam do, take metric, often unconventional bikes and turn them into elite custom creations.


The basis for the build is a BMW R100 but to hear Daniel describe it you imagine he sculpted it with the caress one offers their lover “This is why we chose to give the lady a nice curved bottom”, well you can’t argue with that! So as to accentuate the best bits of the build the bike was stripped down and everything surplus to requirements thrown in the bin. The frame was detabbed and all the unnecessary brackets removed creating a smooth as silk look.


It’s hard not to be instantly drawn to the one piece body work of the BMW, a feat rarely attempted and even less often successful. But as with everything they do Nozem wouldn’t rest until they were completely satisfied. The only remaining BMW bodywork is the front lower section of the fuel tank. The rest is entirely fabricated by hand, forming the sheet metal, offering it up and repeating until the lines were picture perfect. The timber top is crafted from the very best American Walnut and contrasts beautifully with the otherwise mean metal look. The inspiration for this step came from the Riva speedboats, the elite of the water world that also inspired the vented tail section.


Exiting just below those vents is the hand built stainless exhaust that snakes its way from the Boxer headers to the rear of the bike cleverly diverted under the seat for an ultra-clean look. The exhaust has been heat wrapped at the headers and the engine is fed by pod filters but internally remains stock aside from some Nozem TLC. Without any silencing in the exhaust you can hear this classic lady coming long before she shows you her curves.


Then there are the modern touches that are integrated into the bike rather than simply bolted on. The fuel cap is a race item taken from a BMW E30, while the levers are the ever popular Pazzo items. A small open ended spanner holds up the brake fluid reservoir and lighting her way is a small chrome headlight firing a yellow beam down the road. Like all Nozem bikes the wiring is entirely hidden, allowing nothing to interfere with the visual appeal the two graphic designers envisaged.


The stock wheels are black and now visually become one with the tire; there are no socks and sandals here. While the paint work and pin striping only further enhance the lines of the BMW and her body. There is simply no need for graphics and flames with this level of craftsmanship but the Nozem badge reminds all just who fashioned these curves. Dampening the ride of the hard leather seat is a Wilbers monoshock and no speedo will ever be fitted “eventually speed has to be felt not seen” explains Lorenzo. But it will be his best friend Daniel, owner of the bike, who will be the one to take this girl home, appreciate her lines and climb aboard to appreciate just what she’ll do.

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[Photography by Gijs Spierings]

  • Michael Kork.

    God I love these guys..! The Wooden details are a very nice touch. If Hazan started the wood-trend, these guys surely took it to the next level.

    • TJ Martin

      Hazen ? Not hardly . As good as Matt Hazen is [ and damn he is very good ] .. the use of wood to customize /personalize a motorcycle has been going on since the first owner took a wrench to his or her factory bike in order to make it more his/her own . And here’s a hint . Look over to the German and CH custom builders for some more contemporary uses of wood on a M/C that predates Hazen by at least a decade or more . Regardless though .. IMO the use of wood on any motorcycle is to say the least …. unadvisable

      • Bart

        He means max hazan

  • Madjammer

    From which dimension did that come from! Please make it Hover!

  • TwoSmoke

    I like the way the seat pan and tank are molded together. It deffinitely makes this bike flow. And who doesn’t like tucked exhaust?

  • yamahappy

    Looks very cool but completely impractical as actual transportation.

    • TwoSmoke


      • yamahappy

        No mufflers, no speedo, 1/4″ of padding on the seat. For starters. And I don’t see any turn signals.

        • Eli Park-Yanovitch

          Not to mention the fact it’s about to be flattened by a train…

          • disqus_DBQb35Bb59

            I mean, what’s wrong with hand signals? I don’t have gauges or signals on my bike. If it’s not required by law, who cares? Two wheels and a motor are plenty practical. At least the seat isn’t made of wood like some bikes I’ve seen. Now that’s a real nut buster.

        • TwoSmoke

          I guess my idea of practical is two wheels and an engine haha.

    • gramophoenix

      I’m all about comfort and practicality but historically ‘cafe racers’ were made to be bare bones machines and were not practical at all. They’ve evolved into more appealing visually and sophisticated technically but they are still very much impractical. That’s the beauty of it, they’ll never be as practical as a convertible car but they’re awesome pieces of art. This here is an amazing example. 🙂

  • John in Pollock

    Awesome. A real bike, thats purty too. Just what I needed to wash the taste out of my mouth of the last one.

  • TJ Martin

    1) Its good to see more non – Harley custom builds

    2) The craftsmanship as well as overall design of this bike is extraordinary

    3) In truth building customs [ of all kinds ] off a BMW R is becoming almost as commonplace as Harley builds … having been done now in earnest for decades and finding their way into the press for the last ten years or so

    4) In all honesty the whole ‘ nostalgia ‘ craze for Cafe Racers [ as well as Scramblers ] is beginning to get very old and tiresome . Cafe’s/Scramblers both being an irrelevant and pastiche trend that needs to fade back into the background .. quickly

    5) In this bikes defense though … beyond the craftsmanship and aesthetics …. at least its a little more original twist than usual on the seriously overdone Cafe Racer craze

    ( But … the use of wood on this or any other contemporary custom is more than a bit pretentious and irrelevant )

    Which is to say in closing .. in light of the talent and ability displayed by these guys … something a hell of a lot more original based on a Beemer Boxer would of been preferred

    • TwoSmoke

      I’m sure you meant Max Hazan and Micheal Kork said he started a trend not the first use. Why do you read so far into others comments? Internet trend police much?

    • KJ

      Wow, were you wearing a monocle while writing that? Since when did every slob with an opinion become the voice of “The Trend” when it comes to custom scoots? Who gives a fuck if it’s practical, nostalgic, overdone, cutting edge, mainstream. Damn people, just appreciate someone’s craftsmanship, they built what they wanted wether it was in style or not. That’s a nice bike, Piss on anyone who has anything negative to say about anyone’s bike. At least they built one.

    • Fast2Furious

      Borrowed some of your verbiage to characterize your statement, ” very old and tiresome…irrelevant and pastiche …a bit pretentious and irrelevant…”.

  • Dave Coetzee

    Work of art!
    I presume the fuel-line from the tank – just above the unwrapped portion of exhaust pipe is heat resistent?

  • Kevin

    too bad it got destroyed by a train .. serves him right though i guess

  • MF

    I find the instagram filters on the photos distracting. Difficult to see the colours. Can someone explain to me what a ‘metric’ bike is, or what it isn’t? Anything other than a Harley?

    • TwoSmoke

      Ya pretty much anything built non-American. I don’t know any other countries still using standard sizes besides the U.S.

    • Motog

      A metric bike is a bike that is designed and built in metric (millimetres and centimetres) measurements rather than imperial (inches and their various fractions) measurements. America (and Harley) still uses inches. Almost all of the rest of the world has long since converted to metric.

      By the way, damn nice bike. I’d ride to within an inch of its life

  • TwoSmoke

    The last picture reminds me of the Flying Maggot from awhile back…

  • sethasaurus

    Dunno.. can’t really see it properly

  • ‘I hear the train a comin’ It’s rolling round the bend…’

    • Bultaco Metralla

      ‘And I ain’t seen the sunshine since I don’t know when’
      just couldn’t resist Andrew but it seems appropriate given the ambience of the photography

  • Luke

    I “get” everything on this bike except the wrench/brake receiver thing. Everything else is elegant and flows, the wrench is like an inappropriate joke in a nunnery. The rump on the bike is amazing.

  • Und da will jemand sagen, dass UNDERSEAT-Auspuffanlagen out sind!!! Super Umbau

  • B. J. Parker

    This is such a gorgeous build! It’s like all of the things they love were integrated seamlessly into a motorcycle. Also, having never done it, I can’t imagine taking sheets of metal and shaping them into the body work. That is just beautiful!

  • Arne Toonen

    Awesome bike! Amazing builders as well. And I know these guys drive them like maniacs! Saw them in Biarritz. And I for one love the wrench/brake fluid detail. Puts you off. Makes you twitch, makes it human. Love these pics too, bit tired of those standard studio pics. Keep ‘m comin’ Nozem.

  • Best body work of the year – perfectly integrated and beautifully executed. The walnut reminds me of custom wooden grips on a fine hand gun. The wrench says “ride me, I’m not a trailer queen.” Fantastic craftsmanship.

  • Sportster Mike

    Oh I do like a curved bottom and a nice bit of wood… not in the same plane of existence obviously!!!

  • Liberate

    This is fuckin top notch

  • Motown

    really like the idea of a heated seat on a motorcycle!