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‘DA#7’ BMW R100R – Diamond Atelier


Posted on September 9, 2016 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. 19 comments

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If there’s one shop that has stood head and shoulders above all others in 2016, it would have to be Munich’s Diamond Atelier. Their plethora of 2016 builds, including the jaw dropping ‘DA#4’ we featured in April, have shone bright across the scene. And although they would be well within their right to rest on their laurels, they have yet another brand new bike to show us. So here’s Diamond Atelier’s Tom Konecny to tell us about this, their amazing ‘DA#7’ BMW R100R, in his own words.

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As some Pipeburn readers would already know, Diamond Atelier has done quite a few custom BMWs before. So we were a little afraid of becoming too repetitive. Be it due to the current saturation of custom 2-valve boxers, or our urge to make every bike we build ‘our best so far’, we always like to stay inventive. But before we get into the details of the build, I’ll let you in on a little secret. When you’re first starting a build, it is all about collecting ideas and trying to figure out which direction to go. And as is the nature of good-looking motorcycles, not all the ideas that pop into your head will work well together. This means I end up using only about 20% of the ideas that I initially have when first thinking of a new build. But it also means that 80% of the ideas are being stored in a drawer just waiting to be made into reality. This is what the DA#7 was for us; a build on which we could use some of these cool but unseen ideas, and make sure that they didn’t go to waste.

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Needless to say, this called for a customer who trusted us with such a project. So when I received a phone call from a passionate motorhead whose only real requirement was to have a boxer engine, we knew the time was right. After meeting up and discussing the essentials like preferred riding locations and body measurements, we went ahead and sourced the donor bike. It’s one that is very well-known to us, since it is the same bike we used for our DA#3 and DA#6 builds; a BMW R100R.

Due to our experience with this specific model, we didn’t lose any time with solving technical issues and could fully focus on the creative side of the build. A complete engine rebuild was first on the list to make sure we had a solid foundation to start with. Since the bike would be delivered to a country with close to no technical restrictions on motorcycles, we were free to realize many ideas which would be impossible in Germany, due to our strict TÜV regulations.

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The first task we tackled was to create a completely original tank & seat combination. For this we used a mid 70s trials bike gas tank and then built a rear frame loop from one piece of tubing which wraps tightly around it. We also wanted to create a super slim seat, but still make it comfortable for longer trips. The solution was to place the seat within the frame loop so the actual thickness of the seat would be hidden by the tubes of the frame, making only the uppermost surface visible from the side.

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Up front we rebuilt and lowered the forks so, together with the brand new and custom-built wheels, the chassis is set for increased performance. This is helped along by the Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP2 tires that can almost redefine the laws of physics when pushed hard enough. As always, we made a completely new custom wiring harness, which was especially tricky due to the tiny gas tank we had to fit on top of it. Together with our signature battery packs that we managed to neatly hide, the bike is fully functioning without a kick starter. The headlight uses extremely bright LED technology that allowed us to go with a very small unit, the Kellermann BL2000 Dark indicators are located in the handlebars and we ran with a tiny rear light strip for the brakes.

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But on this bike it is more about what you can’t see than what you can. A minimalistic floating rear frame, neatly hidden throttle lines and ignition cables disappearing into the engine block all add to the bike’s clean look. To keep the cockpit as clean as possible, we stuck the tacho right onto the gearbox and made sure there were no unnecessary buttons or switches crowding the rider’s view. The only thing that should be seen, though, is the obligatory Diamond Atelier serial number and the authentic 0.17 carat diamond that we set into the CNC-machined upper triple clamp.

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Next, all the bike’s surfaces were made to look and feel brand new. Everything that is black was coated in multiple layers of high quality powdercoating to avoid paint chips when riding. The engine received our very own uniquely formulated high temperature color coating, and all other pieces were either sand blasted or polished to perfection. The metallic silver and candy purple are hand-mixed colors, which means that they are unique and not reproducible – even for us.

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Overall, this bike has a very special appeal for us. We were able to be extremely free in the creative process, which I believe is always necessary in order to create something truly out of the norm. I’m not sure we can declare this build ‘our best so far’ just yet, mainly because the approach was just so different to all of our other projects. In a way, it’s really not comparable. It has its own league. But what I am sure about is that our drawers will fill up with unused ideas over the next few builds and again these ideas will be turned into a bike just like DA#7. Maybe that’s when we can start comparing… so stay tuned.

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[Diamond Atelier: Web – Facebook – Instagram | Photos by Lukas Magerl]








  • Its bold, it’s daring, its original. And I love it.

  • MotoTrooper

    Cool, clean build but hard to see details against shitty urban art setting.

    • Blackbird

      Yes, flog the photographer first.

    • Dave Coetzee

      The “screen” and striped “tailpiece” (in the second photo from top) has started to grow on me, Lol!

  • Clean build indeed, but the complete lack of fenders in almost every bike starts to bother me, not for practical reasons, but mostly for aesthetics. In design terms, I find challenging the task to create a front fender and a rear hugger in order to fulfill the overall design and stance of a build like this one.

    • AB

      A tight carbon front fender and rear hugger would look fine and function well. I’m more bother by rebuilding a engine then running open carbs – quick way to kill a set of rings!

  • George N Teesh Payn

    I love it !! Nice work, true biker art.

  • Grayson

    Fucking badass looking bike !! Hope somebody rides that thing like they stole it !!

    • Cam

      me too… it begs for corners as far as I can tell.

  • guvnor67

    A country with close to no technical restrictions?! Please enlighten me further, as I need to tell my boss I am no longer available and start packing! This is a great build, love Diamond Atelier’s work, and this is a ripper! Well done!

  • Patriccio

    Superb craftsmanship on the frame, tank, seat combination. Nearly monochromatic, but the design & color work very well together. Very clean in design, workmanship & completion.
    W/out fenders it will be a sunny day ride.

  • ElectroBaby

    I don’t know what the hell is happening here, but I love every bit of it. It’s refreshing to see such a unique build on a rather over-done platform. It would be unreal to see this thing tearing down the road.

  • Cam

    Functionalism means that the design is above all orientated towards the practical, utilitarian use of a building or everyday object, so that purpose and functionality take priority over aesthetic principles.
    http://www.industrial-design-germany.com/design/functionalism.html

    • Cam

      would have been so cool to see the edges of that rear tyre feathered.

  • nickcleaver

    Its Bold daring and original in a pretentious bad way. I think the Café racer scene is in danger of disappearing up its own creative ridiculous art for art sake arse like the Chopper movement did ten years ago.

  • Bultaco Metralla

    I really like this. It has that stripped to the bone look that is so hard to bring off on a flat twin.

  • Michael Kork.

    Mixed feelings about this one.. It sure is nice to see a totally different approach to the BMW builds. Any ideas on where the battery is?

  • Manish Dwivedi

    WOW!.. its a really cool designs you have shown here with us. I just liked the article very much. Images are superb.

    Thanks!!
    Sell used bikes in Delhi

  • Chris Saddler Sam

    one of very few bikes that simply made me go wow… for a long time now!

    really interesting project!
    bravo guys! 😉

    please remind me the model of that trial bike…
    aspes? gilera? i know i’ve already seen it somewhere… :))