BMW’s bestselling GS vary owes its reputation to the R1150GS. Positive, the R80G/S is the granddaddy of all journey bikes and the R1100GS bought in scores—but it surely was the R1150GS that basically took the GS model mainstream. The factor is, it hasn’t been in manufacturing for 16 years, and meaning it’s getting tougher to seek out tidy second hand examples.
The proprietor of this 2003-model BMW R1150GS received fortunate although; it had little or no mileage when he purchased it, and had been effectively sorted. However the plan was by no means to depart it inventory, so it went straight to Toma Customs’ workshop in Brussels, Belgium.
Store founder Thomas Jeukens explains that the majority initiatives kick off with an in depth courtship interval, in order that the staff can get aware of their shopper’s character and tastes. However this shopper already has two Toma bikes in his storage—so the crew already knew the rating.
“He likes minimalist, sober, and neat initiatives,” says Thomas, “and for this mission we needed to suggest one thing actually distinctive and with a powerful identification.”
The transient was to construct a stable day by day runner that might additionally deal with journey touring, whereas trimming the massive GS down and simplifying its traces. The tank needed to keep, and the brand new seat needed to be large enough for a passenger to squeeze on—however for the remainder, Toma Customs had carte blanche. They labored carefully with their shopper on the design anyway, just because Thomas prefers it that approach.
“The mission is a cross between a scrambler and a classic rally prep,” he says. “We’re significantly delicate to the aesthetics of outdated Dakar bikes, from which we drew our foremost inspiration for this mission.”
This isn’t Toma Customs’ first crack on the R1150GS. Even so, customizing it was no stroll within the park, and it took the crew 300 hours of labor to attain the elegant enduro you’re taking a look at. “Each a part of the bike is designed to suit collectively in a singular approach,” explains Thomas. “To make a balanced customized motorbike, you must rework just about each place from entrance to rear.”
Step one was to ditch the BMW’s distinct, however cumbersome, entrance fairing. Toma changed it with a traditional spherical headlight, cradled by a bespoke bracket that very cleverly additionally holds a modified Acerbis fender. Tiny LED flip alerts flank the headlight.
Simply behind is a small digital speedo from Acewell, together with an all-in-one indicator mild unit. Toma stored the OEM bars and switches as a result of they work effectively sufficient, however swapped out the outdated grips for a pair of Biltwell Inc. Kung-Fu gadgets.
Toma carried that traditional enduro type via to the rear, by trimming the GS subframe and welding in mounts for a modified fender from a mid-70s enduro. It’s an impressed design selection, proper all the way down to the built-in filth bike-style taillight. A pair of LED flip alerts tucked away underneath the body rails rounds out the tail.
The BMW’s new saddle is one other dwelling run. Toma opted for a generously padded design that tapers to the rear, made all of the extra stylish by its two-tone upholstery and chunky logos.
Elsewhere, the staff made some extent of trimming stuff off that they didn’t want—and upgrading the helpful stuff. The BMW’s plastic rear wheel hugger (affectionately often known as the ‘poop scoop’ in GS circles) was changed by a extra svelte steel model that now holds the license plate. The passenger pegs had been upgraded, however the bike nonetheless has its unique middle stand and helmet lock.
The situation of the donor meant there was no must tear into the motor, and since reliability was key, the airbox was left in play too. Toma merely changed the muffler with a burly quantity from Mass, that appears prefer it was ripped straight off a 90s Dakar bike.
General it’s a easy tackle BMW’s mile-munching boxer, which works exactly due to its simplicity, and its good stability.
That fashionable olive and white livery doesn’t harm both—driving the road between retro and fashionable whereas tying the mission collectively. As an additional contact Toma refinished the subframe in white, and the entrance suspension wishbone in black to make it close to invisible.
With a brand new set of Heidenau K60 Scout tires on, Toma’s newest mission went off to its proprietor… simply in time for an off-road journey in France.
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