‘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
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