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BADASS BANTAM. NCT’s ‘Red Rooster’ BMW R1150 Scrambler


Posted on May 1, 2017 by Andrew in Enduro, Scrambler. 19 comments

BMW’s Telelever suspension is a strange and magical beast. It’s just the sort of outside-the-square thinking that you’d expect bike builders to go for like nerds go for Axe deodorant. Created to fix a problem that no one but BMW’s designers seemed to care about, you’d think it would grab the eye of a whole heap of creative minds looking to build something really unique. But we almost never see them – until now, that is. Here’s Austria’s very talented and prodigious NCT Motorcycles with a Telelever treat they call the ‘Red Rooster’.

In an unusual twist on the usual set of circumstances, Robert, the bike’s new owner turned up on NCT’s doorstep with a donor ‘01 BMW R1150 GS and a completed design in hand. As a professional illustrator, his colour skills and his eye for good-looking lines clearly help him with more than just his day job. The design of the tank and its striking yellow wings actually represent his company and its logo.

Seat was modified for bike’s new 6’6″ owner

Happy with the design, NCT’s David Widmann took the opportunity to save some time and got straight to the dirty hands part. The bike was stripped back to individual components, and the structure for its new rear frame section was decided upon. Next the rims got knocked down and painted in the same colour scheme as the tank and the fender, a.k.a. Fire Truck red and Mustard yellow. On paper you’d probably scoff at the incredibly contrasty colour choices, but who can argue when the bike looks this good in the flesh?

“The engine got a complete overhaul,” says David from his South Austrian shop. “There were no major upgrades and it still has the stock pipes on it, but we added a huge Akrapovic pipe.” As you do. Then Mario, NCT’s brand new Workshop Manager, rewired the BMW by hand, making sure he included a brand new M-Unit from those German Motogadget magicians.

The original handlebars were then replaced with a higher set from expert tube benders, Fehling. “We kept the old instruments, but replaced the speedometer with a smaller unit from T&T. To be honest it’s not a super high-end product, but it works very well. And the tires are Metzeler Karoo 3s,” David adds.

Dave notes that the hardest part of the bike build was the seat. A difficult job at the best of times, the bike’s owner measures in at well over 2 metres tall, so an extra effort was put in to ensure he was comfy come riding time. But what to do with all that extra seat hight? To stop it looking like a giant brioche loaf had invaded the bike, a two-tone design was wisely chosen to reduce its visual impact and ensure the bike’s lines were still suitably svelte.

Seems someone’s misplaced a shock

“What we really like about this BMW is that it is completely different from the cafe racers, street trackers or scramblers that we normally build. It’s hard to find a name for a customisation like this. Is there already a name for a mixture of an enduro bike and a motorcycle that is just plain great for everyday use?” Yes David, there is. We call it a Red Rooster.

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  • the watcher

    Seriously people, has nobody wondered why no major manufacturer has ever tried to sell a motorcycle (not mopeds/scooters) with a brown seat? And if someone who wears brown shoes with black clothes calls me out then, tough, you’re wrong!

    • the watcher

      Oh, yeah, another boxer on knobb(l)ies, even if it is the 1150, isn’t going whip us into a hyperbolic frenzy. Specially with that seat.

    • Duke Fan

      Didn’t Honda use a brown seat on the CB500?

      • the watcher

        Which model? 4 pot, twin, or w/c twin? Seriously unmemorable, whichever.

        • Duke Fan

          Don’t remember the year 74 or 75 maybe 76 I think it was the CB450 replacement making it a vertical twin. I only recall seeing 1 the chick with the big boobs who lived down the street her Dad had one the parents were divorced but he rode over a few times.

          • Keith T Robinson

            Twins I worked with each bought one.

      • Keith T Robinson

        Yes good memory!

    • Keith T Robinson

      Harley had several shovelheads come with brown seats in the 1970’s. I think many Indians come with brown seats .

    • I’m pretty sure I could call your bluff in about two seconds flat. But I won’t, ‘cause that’s the sweet guy I am.

      • the watcher

        Bet you couldn’t!

  • Greybeard1

    Aha…” 6’6″ owner”!
    I was wondering how one would step back and nod appreciation for a seat made for “Johnny Giraffe” and there’s the answer. ‘Nuff said about color choice…phew.

    Had a ’04 1150R and it’s the one bike I can truly say I should never have sold.
    Strange as it looks that suspension handled every inch of mad hooning around New England roads and never a mis-step.

  • AB

    I really like it. Bold colour on a big girl who owns her size. And the brown seat suits the red/yellow.

  • Skugler

    Being an R1150R rider myself, the seat on this Red Rooster totally spoils it for me. If I were the owner I would request a re-make.

  • Keith T Robinson

    I just don’t care for the no back fender look. Full knobbies on street bikes should be banned.

    • They aren’t ‘full knobbies’. They are dual purpose. From the Metezler website: “Karoo 3. A new concept of for Adventure and Enduro On/Off tires dedicated to off-road expeditions, that feature both off-road traction and on-road stability with an excellent mileage.” (Typo is theirs, not mine…)

  • mick kay

    Hey! The seats on backwards!

  • Guzzto

    No body has mentioned the giant Duck?