However, more modern Boxer-engined BMWs also make good custom projects, so long as you are willing to work around more complex frame designs and complex electronics.
This “Grinder” from Slovenian custom builders ER Motorcycles uses a 1990s BMW R 100 R 980cc 4-stroke, 2 cylinder, air-cooled Boxer engine. Yet you could hardly call it an ugly duckling.
ER is limiting production to just five units, each coasting $US37,000 (about $A49,000).
They come with Ohlins upside down FGRT shocks on the front and an Ohlins BM 836 monoshock on the rear, Brembo brakes, handmade titanium exhaust pipes, carbon fibre bodywork, aluminium wheels and Pirelli Angel GT rubbers. It also employs the R nineT headlight, so it’s a perfect mix of the old and new.
The fact that only drawings have so far been released means prospective owners should be able to choose some their own paint and various other options.