Manufacturing facility End: A BMW R80ST constructed from OEM elements
We’ve featured some wild customs over time, and reality be instructed, we’ve come to anticipate the surprising. Within the final yr alone, we’ve seen automotive engines shoehorned into motorbike chassis, electrical choppers masquerading as air-cooled V-twins, and even scooters transformed into correct off-road machines.
So when this modern little 1983 BMW R80ST got here our manner, we have been virtually shocked to listen to that the variety of customized elements featured within the construct could possibly be counted on a single hand.
Dubbed ‘The Greenster,’ it’s the work of Estonia-based Renard Bikes, who intentionally got down to nail that basic OEM vibe. “The idea was to construct a greater bike than got here out of the manufacturing facility, with solely BMW authentic elements.” says William Sarevet, who handles all issues media for Renard.
We’re no strangers to Renard’s creations; roughly a dozen of their uber-clean customs have graced our pages prior to now. Renard builds all the pieces from Hondas to hogs when referred to as upon, however classic Beemers like this are undeniably their bread and butter.
At a look, The Greenster might simply cross for a top-down restomod, as all of the tell-tale indicators of a manufacturing facility BMW R80ST are intact. There’s the distinctive fuel tank, that lengthy angled rear fender, and even the unique BMW switchgear. And who might miss the upswept two-into-one exhaust that blends so seamlessly into the traces of the bike?
Reality be instructed, Renard’s new customized isn’t really too far off from a manufacturing facility restoration, and nothing on the bike has been chopped, shaved, or welded. We will’t say we’re dissatisfied, contemplating that fewer than 6,000 of those beauties have been ever constructed throughout their quick manufacturing run between 1982 and 1984.
The angle of the subframe is tweaked barely, solely to permit for the brand new flip indicators and the customized Alcantara seat. However aside from that, the body is totally unmolested. The identical goes for the engine, which stays totally inventory—save for a minor overhaul whereas The Greenster was aside within the store.
In line with their purpose of constructing a greater bike from manufacturing facility elements, the crew at Renard sourced a bigger 38 mm diameter entrance finish from a 90s-era R100RT. William tells us that the fork improves the ST’s dealing with, but additionally comes with the advantage of a Brembo dual-disk entrance brake setup—a becoming manufacturing facility improve that also seems the half.
Sadly these 90s mannequin RTs all got here with solid aluminum ‘snowflake’ wheels, and abandoning the ST’s basic spoked look was merely out of the query. A customized resolution was wanted, and Renard discovered their repair by lacing an R80R hub to the ST’s wheel—permitting for a twin disk setup with out wanting misplaced.
The remaining modifications adopted the identical ‘tread flippantly’ strategy. The unique clocks have been swapped for a smaller and extra elegant sprint from a normal R mannequin of the identical technology, a much less conspicuous set of indicators changed the massive blocky OEM indicators, and a taller Lucas touring handlebar was bolted on to enhance ergonomics.
Consider it or not, that good-looking metallic inexperienced paint that the Greenster takes its identify from can be a purely OEM inspiration. Renard’s shopper wished the bike painted in “essentially the most radical authentic BMW colour” they may discover. After some in depth analysis, this practice colour, dubbed ‘Nürburgring Inexperienced,’ was modeled after the uncommon steel flake inexperienced BMWs of the early Seventies.
Paint, decals, and pin-striping have been all laid down by Jarmo Nuutre of One Eyed Morse customs, whose identify it’s possible you’ll acknowledge from earlier Renard builds. Jarmo is thought for his impressively intricate kustom kulture-influenced designs. If you happen to’ve seen the completely bonkers paint on the ‘Anaconda Honda’ we featured some time again, you’ll know that is only a tad extra subdued than his standard fare.
The construct was completed off with a set of Dunlop’s new Path Mission tires. It’s one other becoming improve for the ST, which BMW at all times supposed as a street-focused cousin of the GS that also knew its manner round a mud highway.
Renard’s clear tackle this uncommon airhead might not be the wildest customized we see this yr, however we’d guess the farm that BMW would have offered much more STs if they’d come from the manufacturing facility wanting half as clear as this.
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