Custom BMW R 100 Looks Great in Purple, But It’s More Than Just a Cosmetic Affair

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Photo: Cardsharper Customs
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Classic BMW airheads are ubiquitous in the custom bike world, so it’s becoming harder for builders to create something truly unique by the day. Motorrad’s boxer-twin platform may take to customization like a duck to water, but trying to avoid the already-established templates can prove rather challenging. Nonetheless, a guy like Jacek Mulak of Cardsharper Customs can pull it off without too much hassle.
We’ve recently talked about his collaboration with designer Michal Cwiek, which resulted in a startling BMW R 80 cafe racer dubbed The Archer. This joint venture was very fruitful, indeed, yet the project showcased above is just as impressive in its own right! It wasn’t put together with the help of Michal, though, instead being one of the many solo builds tackled by Jacek at his shop in Lublin, Poland.

He’d been approached by a customer named Marcin, who wanted something along the lines of WalzWerk’s Schizzo series but with a few twists to make it stand out. Sir Mulak eventually convinced his client to give him free reign over the transformation process, but he would stick to the general aesthetic that Marcin was after. As a donor bike for this conversion, Cardsharper picked a BMW R 100 in fairly decent shape.

The Beemer got taken back to the shop, placed on the workbench, and fully dismantled, then the custom surgery was ready to begin. First things first, Jacek sought to alter the motorcycle’s posture with some tasty suspension mods on both ends. At the front, we now find the upside-down forks of a Suzuki GSX-R, secured in place by means of bespoke triple clamps.

Furthermore, the same Gixxer also donated its drilled front brake discs and Tokico calipers to Cardsharper’s cause. On the opposite end, suspension duties are assigned to a modern piggyback shock absorber from YSS, which is longer than the stock unit and attached to a custom mounting point up top. The looped subframe was built from scratch, as well, and it comes with dual-function LEDs on the flanks.

Custom BMW R 100
Photo: Cardsharper Customs
A stylish handmade seat is placed atop the subframe tubing, featuring black leather upholstery and just enough padding for a comfortable ride. The R 100’s factory fuel tank is still present, of course, but it’s been repositioned ever so slightly to complement the angle of the rear framework. We spot a new filler cap sitting on the tank, and the front fender is a bespoke item built in-house by Jacek himself.

It took a couple of attempts to get its shape and size just right, but the project’s author made it come together seamlessly in the end. There is no mudguard to speak of at the back, though, because Jacek wanted to keep the clutter at a bare minimum in that area. Tailor-made mounting hardware was used to install an aftermarket LED headlight up north.

Peek a little further back at the cockpit, and you’ll come across a single Daytona dial acting as the bike’s only instrumentation. Although Marcin wished to go with clip-ons at first, he was advised that a low-profile, drag racing handlebar would be more practical for daily riding. Deciding to trust the mastermind at Cardsharper, the client gave the green light with full confidence.

Custom BMW R 100
Photo: Cardsharper Customs
Jacek fitted an off-the-shelf handlebar bent in a slight downward arch, complete with bar-end turn signals and underslung mirrors from Highsider. Aftermarket grips, switches, and control levers are also present, altogether creating a minimalistic vibe perfect for this sort of build. The machine’s ergonomic package is completed with fresh rearsets made of billet aluminum, both placed on custom mounts and linkages with a factory-grade fit and finish.

A thorough inspection of the twin-cylinder boxer revealed that it didn’t need much work on the inside, so Jacek simply had it serviced before turning to the exterior mods. Once he’d repainted the engine and polished some of its cooling fins, our protagonist replaced the OEM airbox with a pair of DNA pod filters. The space previously occupied by the R 100’s airbox is now home to a number of electrical goodies.

One may see a larger oil sump from Siebenrock down low, and the standard exhaust system got ditched in favor of a Brock’s Performance alternative wrapped in ceramic coating. The last thing for us to talk about is the paintwork, which is honestly what drew our attention to this restyled R 100 in the first place. A glossy purple hue was laid onto the fuel tank and fender, along with black pinstripes on the former.

The black-and-white BMW tank roundels are bespoke items made in-house, and the monochromatic colorway continues just about everywhere except for the bodywork. However, purple can also be found on the aftermarket air filters, nicely echoing the color of the tank and fender for visual continuity. Oh, and in case you’re wondering where the fuel petcock and lines are, Jacek only had the time to install them after the photoshoot.
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About the author: Silvian Secara
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A bit of an artist himself, Silvian sees two- and four-wheeled machines as a form of art, especially restomods and custom rides. Oh, and if you come across a cafe racer article on our website, it’s most likely his doing.
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