HIGH­LIGHTS DRAG ARTIST

O Started out as BMW R69 O 1000cc race-tuned en­gine O Frame low­ered and hard­tailed O Fair­ing from MV Agusta 250 A hum­ble BMW has been trans­formed into a speed-seek­ing work of art

Motorcycle News (UK) - - THIS WEEK - By Gary Pinchin

Paul Cardy’s dust­bin-faired BMW was built for the Sul­tans of Sprint se­ries in Europe this year.

Cardy had just fin­ished build­ing a Har­ley cus­tom and was look­ing for a new project when he spot­ted video clips from the Glem­seck 101, a drag race held over a 1/8th-mile course – which is when the Se­ries 2 BMW R69 he’d bought as a rolling chas­sis with a log­book, but left lan­guish­ing in the back of the shed, came to mind.

“I got the en­gine with it but that was pretty rub­bish to be hon­est and I ended up buy­ing a sec­ond one then got in touch with Richard Moore at More­speed in Northamp­ton to tune it,” says Cardy.

“We talked bud­get and what the money could buy and ba­si­cally, I got a race-tuned en­gine. Richard won’t re­veal ex­actly what he’s done, but it’s got his cams, he’s done some head­work, the orig­i­nal crank­shaft as­sem­bly has been re­built. It’s got Del­lorto carbs and an MSD to­tal loss ig­ni­tion and coil.

Cardy made the ex­haust in stain­less but then bought the si­lencer, though he had to en­sure it mea­sured up to Moore’s tun­ing spec­i­fi­ca­tions. He de-lugged the main frame but re­placed the orig­i­nal swingarm – and then hard-tailed it. For the drag racer look, the forks have been re­duced in ride height with in­ter­nal mods.

The fair­ing came from Air-tech Stream­lin­ing in Vista, Cal­i­for­nia who have been mak­ing fi­bre­glass body­work since 1983 and have over 5000 fair­ing moulds in stock.

“The mould was for a 1950s dust­bin­faired MV Agusta 250. It’s ok for a race bike but I wanted this to be more than just a race bike. It looked like it was made from sev­eral sec­tions bonded to­gether and my paint guy and I even­tu­ally de­cided not to hide the ‘patina’ – but to paint over it!”

The art deco livery was painted by CT Mo­tor­cy­cle Ser­vice in Maid­stone. “We wanted it to look retro, harping back to the 1950s/60s but also wanted it to look fast stand­ing still – and wanted a Bri­tish in­flu­ence too. So we went for muted 50s/60s colours then added the red and white.

“We took the bike to TTS where we ran it on the dyno to set it up but I also talked to Richard Al­bans about the po­ten­tial to su­per­charge it. It’s some­thing I’m keen to do be­cause I get so much out of the build­ing process and the rid­ing is just the ic­ing on the cake.”

The frame’s been low­ered and hard­tailed Race-tuned and su­per­charg­ing is next Muted colours, un­like the fair­ing!

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