Custom BMW R1100S Bears a Reworked Skeleton and Iconic M-Performance Livery

Trellis frames aren’t exactly a common sight on BMW’s sport tourers, but the customs segment is always full of surprises.
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The South American nation of Argentina is renowned for its soccer players, colonial architecture, and Tango, but the country’s bespoke motorcycles aren’t dull, either. Lucas Layum’s Lucky Customs is a reputed enterprise based in Córdoba, and the unique Beemer you see here was bred on this workshop’s premises back in 2019.

Before it rolled into their garage, the machine was an undistinguished 1998 model from BMW Motorrad’s R1100S range. From the factory, Bavaria’s colossus is put in motion by a ruthless boxer-twin powerplant that boasts a humungous displacement of 1,085cc. This untamed mill will gladly deliver up to 98 horses at 7,500 rpm and 72 pound-feet (98 Nm) of torque at about 5,750 rpm.

The engine is coupled with a six-speed transmission, which feeds its ungodly power to a shaft final drive. Without going into any other technical details, it’s quite safe to say the German sport tourer is no damn toy. Let’s take a closer look at how Lucas Layum’s motorcycle doctors took this beast to the next level.

Lucky Customs began by cutting the front and rear sections of its three-piece frame. In their stead, you will spot a neat tail section housing an integrated LED lighting strip, accompanied by a one-off trellis unit on the opposite end. In terms of suspension upgrades, the stock forks have been removed in favor of a Honda CBR1000’s inverted modules.

Next, Layum’s experts replaced the R1100S’ standard garments with their own custom alternatives, including an asymmetrical front fairing, finned side panels, and one handsome fuel tank. To achieve a tougher riding stance, they installed a pair of clip-on handlebars and rear-mounted foot pegs.

After relocating the electrical components underneath the new gas chamber, the crew undertook the painstaking task of fabricating a complete stainless-steel exhaust system from scratch. Lastly, the finishing touch comes in the form of a delicious paint scheme that pays homage to BMW’s M-Power color trio.
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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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