‘It’s a learn­ing curve and is worth ev­ery hour spent’

HIGH­LIGHTS O Rare R65G/S base bike O Engine and car­bu­ret­tors re­built O Home­made jerry can pan­nier O Seat built from BMW base

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Retro Special 2017 -

Wh e n BMW launched the R80G/S they cre­ated a whole new class of mo­tor­cy­cles and while the R80 and R100 are eas­ily the most pop­u­lar, when Dun­can Evans spot­ted an R65G/S 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 bike was stripped, with the pieces sep­a­rated out so they could be re­worked and then ei­ther painted or pow­der-coated.

Dun­can spruced up the engine and sent the car­bu­ret­tors off for ul­tra­sonic clean­ing. In the mean­time the tank was painted white and Fiat 500 grey, with pin-strip­ing that matches the blue in the BMW badge.

The sad­dle has been re­worked from an orig­i­nal BMW base, with the an­tique leather cover now span­ning the length of the tank too and cov­er­ing the petrol filler cap.

“I wanted the bike to be used for com­mut­ing, so I de­cided to con­struct a pan­nier from a 5-litre fuel can that I think turned out very well.”

Hav­ing fi­nally fin­ished the G/S, Dun­can has to ad­mit that he’s caught the cus­tomis­ing bug and has his heart set on re­work­ing a Moto Guzzi. But is there any­thing he’d change about the G/S now, in the cold light of day? Dun­can thinks not: “It’s a learn­ing curve and is worth ev­ery hour spent.”

Fiat 500 grey and co­pi­ous use of an­tique leather BMW R65 by Dun­can Evans

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