The battle between type and performance rages each day within the custom scene. As a lot as we hate to confess it, some customs are destined to spend their lives on show, or seldom ridden.
However for each present pony, there’s a workhorse on the market. Like this totally sensible—but nonetheless good-looking—basic BMW boxer from Hookie Co.
‘Racoon’ is predicated on a 1979 BMW R100/7, and was constructed with reliability and day-to-day efficiency topping the transient. “Nothing particular,” says store boss, Nico.
“No engine over-tuning, no wrapped pipes—only a bike that matches completely into our ‘Benefit from the Good’ codex.”
On the floor it’s a easy, well-packed scrambler in Hookie’s sometimes minimalist fashion. However the Dresden store went to city to deliver this airhead as much as spec.
For starters, they yanked out the motor and despatched it to specialists Sport-Evolution, for a full rebuild. Then they repainted it in a darkish gray metallic shade, and media blasted the valve covers for a like-new end.
The unique Bing carbs are nonetheless in play, as is the airbox. “As a result of reliability,” quips Nico. Hookie merely put in a brand new, upgraded air filter. Mixed with the contemporary motor, this Beemer ought to be good for one more few a long time.
Shifting to fabrication, Hookie constructed up a brand new subframe with a refined kick within the tail. It’s capped off with a darkish brown leather-based saddle, designed simply lengthy sufficient for a passenger or a bit of baggage.
The crew additionally custom-built a baggage rack for the left aspect, particularly designed to hold a hand-crafted saddlebag from Wheelborne in Richmond, VA. (That in itself is a neat piece of package too, with further straps up high to hold extra gear.)
Additionally out again is a hand-built bracket to carry the license plate and rear flip indicators. It’s surprisingly nicely completed for what is generally an earthly half, proper right down to the Hookie Co. emblem, and the best way the struts mount to present factors on the swing arm.
Practicalistas will fortunately be aware the presence of hand-rolled aluminum fenders at each ends. The fellows additionally put in a set of YSS shocks out again, and Continental TKC80 tires for all-round use.
The wiring’s additionally been introduced updated, with a full re-wire round Motogadget’s ubiquitous m.Unit controller, and a Lithium-ion battery. The flip indicators and tiny (but vibrant) taillight are all LED objects from Kellermann, and there’s a strong Koso LED headlight, mounted on LSL brackets, out entrance.
Up within the cockpit, you’ll discover LSL handlebars, Biltwell Inc. grips, a Koso speedo and Motogadget switches. Hookie additionally put in a Brembo grasp cylinder, a brand new, slim fuel cap, and new foot pegs all spherical.
All the things’s wrapped in a refined monochrome paint job, courtesy of Hookie’s painter of selection, Adrian Flor. Bits just like the wheels and body have been redone in flat black to spherical it out.
The most important scrambler hit comes from the high-mounted SuperTrapp exhaust. Hookie fabricated a set of stainless-steel headers to get it the place they wished it—routing them near the motor.
We requested how smart the setup is, and Nico assured us that there’s warmth resistant foil and warmth shields in all the proper locations.
And their consumer’s examined it too. Proper after taking supply, he put it via a one-day. 500 km shakedown with zero points.
Proving that custom motos can look good and be sensible, all on the identical time.
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