FROM GREEN-LANE DOG TO A PEDI­GREE WIN­NER

Shed Built Spe­cial: 1991 BMW R65GS is turned into a su­per-cool com­muter

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By James Archibald

When BMW launched the R80G/S they opened up a whole new seg­ment of mo­tor­cy­cles that grew to in­clude a host of mod­els with dif­fer­ent dis­place­ments. The R80 and R100 are eas­ily the most pop­u­lar and well-known, but when for­mer me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer Dun­can Evans spot­ted an R65GS for sale, he knew he had found the per­fect base bike for his first build.

The over­all con­di­tion of the bike was “fair bor­der­ing on hon­est” ac­cord­ing to Dun­can. The en­gine was in pretty good shape and had only cov­ered 24,000 miles. “The pre­vi­ous owner had used the bike for green­lan­ing and it had suf­fered its fair share of knocks and scratches, but had no bends in the bars or frame.”

The bike was stripped, with the pieces sep­a­rated out so they could be re­worked and then ei­ther painted or pow­der-coated. The en­tire process for clean­ing and re­fin­ish­ing the parts took nine months. The R65GS is quite a rare beast (it’s ba­si­cally an R65 motor in an R80G/S chas­sis), so Dun­can steered clear of chop­ping the frame up.

The af­ter­mar­ket stain­less ex­haust sys­tem was in great con­di­tion bar­ring a hole in the back-box. Un­for­tu­nately its de­sign meant that the orig­i­nal side stand couldn’t be used, so Dun­can fab­ri­cated an adapter to solve that prob­lem. Dun­can cleaned the en­gine up and sent the car­bu­ret­tors off for ul­tra­sonic clean­ing. The tank was painted white and Fiat 500 grey, with pin-strip­ing that matches the blue in the BMW badge.

The aux­il­iary lights were bought on ebay and the lenses painted yel­low for that clas­sic PIAA rally look. Dun­can fit­ted a mi­cro switch into the switch block to keep the lines clean and to avoid any bulky and un­nec­es­sary switches on the han­dle­bars. The sad­dle has been re­worked from an orig­i­nal BMW base, with the an­tique leather cover now span­ning the length of the tank and it even sur­rounds the petrol filler cap.

The bike was al­ways meant to be more than just a show­piece. “I wanted the bike for com­mut­ing, so I de­cided to con­struct a pan­nier from a five-litre fuel can that turned out very well.”

Hav­ing fi­nally fin­ished the GS, Dun­can now has his heart set on re­work­ing a Moto Guzzi.

‘The pre­vi­ous owner used it for green-lan­ing’

Ex­tended seat cover is odd but some­how stylish Dun­can Evans with his Dakarstyle BMW R65GS Ex­tra lights cour­tesy of ebay

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