La Parisienne Is a BMW-Yamaha Build [Photo Gallery]
Commissioned by the French Insurance Company La Parisienne, this striking build is as weird as it it intriguing and enthralling. Starting off as an '84 R100, this machine was heavily transformed into a beastly, aggressive new breed of motorcycle: the rear of the bike was simply removed, and a new, custom subframe was welded onto the old chassis.
This led to the dramatic shortening of the upper area, emphasized by the small custom ribbed seat and the diminutive tail light. A new single rear shock was mounted on the swingwarm side and so the whole rear section of the Parisienne became extremely clear and tidy, enhancing the new sporty attire.
The most striking addition to this old BMW is by all means the tank: it was sourced from an old Yamaha 500XT, and we are really surprised to see how well it goes with the rest of the bike. Simplified wiring allowed the installation of miniature switches and push buttons, furthermore enhancing the tidy aspect of the motorcycle.
A custom battery box was fitter just under the gearbox, and it now holds a 36Ah Lithium-Ion battery. The final detail in the electric side was the addition of a yellow-lens rally car headlight for even more retro goodness.
Custom aluminium filters were fitted on the rebuilt Bing carbs, and a K&N engine breather was also installed. The wrapped pipes now end in two custom short silencers with a very cool fiery red paint on the inside and endcaps. The cans and frame were finished in matte black, while shiny black was chosen for the rims and engine, for a wonderful, sober contrast.
The old BMW is now a completely different machine, and we daresay it looks better than most stock units. Spotted on BikeEXIF.
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