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BIG BRICK KICKS. Ironwood Custom’s ’86 BMW K100 Cafe Racer


Posted on September 26, 2017 by Andrew in Café Racer. 11 comments

Business seems good for Dutch builders Ironwood Motorcycles. Last week it was their sweet restomod Honda that garnered a great response. This week, it’s a Flying Brick that’s reminded us how no serious custom garage collection is complete without at least one example of Bavaria’s take on the inline four. And if we had to choose one right now to add to the collection, it’d be this cafe’d ’86 K100 that would get the nod.

“Our customer, Tristan, brought his 2-year-old custom project to us to be finished in 5 weeks”, says Ironwood boss, Arjan. “On a few points, he was very clear: no fenders, useful tires, as naked as possible but still drive-able and functional. Clearly, what he wanted was more of a daily commuter than a big show bike and he was adamant as to how the bike should look after we were done with it. Luckily, there was enough room for a little of our own input and creativity.”

“Our inspiration was to create something solid and aggressive, but also decent and a little classy. We tried to achieve this with a lighter colour on the tank, combined with a brown vintage leather seat and matching grips by local upholsterer Marcel Miller”.

“We cut the frame a little, integrated a rear LED break strip and some indicators, did some powder coating, installed a few trick handmade parts and complemented them with a some bolt-ons as well. Fresh paint and a new filler cap were added to the slightly modded gas tank, which goes perfect with the brown leather seat and matching grips”.

Motogadget display is perfectly placed

“Next, we lowered the front end by about 30mm through the top yoke, milled up a nice aluminium fork brace and installed a Motogadget Motoscope Mini for the instruments. Overall, the stance is quite aggressive and the short seat makes it look a little less bulky. While it might not be as big a project as some of our other builds, we’re really happy with the end result”.

“The hardest part of the build was probably getting the LED tail light and indicators integrated into the tail hoop and looking good. As the customer had already done some prepping on the frame in advance which was a little different to what we would have done, so there was decent amount of reworking that was require to get it right”.

“Looking at it now, my favorite part is probably the Motogagdet speedo we mounted on the top yoke. It’s a nice solution to a tricky design challenge and it works really well, too”.

Looks like we’re in for nasty weather

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  • guvnor67

    Kool! The colour choice really sets it off, aided by the fact that it doesn’t have saggy ass syndrome like so many K-Series customs. These guys will be around for a while I think.

    • Andrew Jones

      They already have been! 😉

  • martin hodgson

    This might be my fave K bike build! Totally agree with Guv that they get the stance right where a lot of others have failed, really like the colour choices both in paint and the leather. It unapologetically let’s the four banger take centre stage and when you prepare one this well, that’s the way it should be.

    Also a big fan of the squared off lines on the new subframe, seat etc the K is a brick, you just have to accept that and make the ruler like lines work for you and not fight them… this bike has done that better than any other I’ve seen. Well done guys, can’t wait to see what you do next!!

    • guvnor67

      I think too, that making everything below the tank black makes it visually lower and it flows from front to rear and makes that green really pop. Sensational.

      • Andrew Jones

        Agree with you both wholeheartedly. It has stance, colours and the lines. AND a little hot rod, to boot.

        • guvnor67

          Good photography too. Notice how in the close up, the BMW logo on the tank is reflected in the bar-end mirror?! I thought that was a nice touch.

  • AB

    Is that a avocado tattoo on his left arm?

    That tank/seat colour combo really works.

  • Al

    The top part reminds me of a penguin (perhaps an avocado eating one)…in a good way.

  • the watcher

    Always love Ironwood’s work, and this is particularly splendid. Much as I hate to admit it, even the brown seat/police cell green combo turn me on.

  • Gman

    I love this build top to bottom. Thoughtful and well executed. Color scheme is dead on. Love the bourbon leather and grips. Outstanding!

  • Adam Ghani

    How built the custom exhaust? Looks awesome and I bet it’s loud!