2001 BMW R1100S "Light" Restoration

September 10, 2015

The patient here was a nice but lightly crashed 2001 BMW R1100S "Light".

 

One of only 200 made in 2001, in later years this model morphed into the BMW "Boxer Cup" sport bike that marked BMWs return to racing and building more sporting machinery. This bike was BMW's answer to the resurgant Ducatis of the era, and featured a wider rear wheel, carbon fiber bodywork, anti-lock brakes, black-painted engine, and upgraded suspension. This bike had been well loved and well ridden, but by the time it found its way to me it was tired, a little worn-out, and dirty, in addition to the crash damage it had on both sides, a leaking gas tank, and a bent rear suframe.

 

This bike got an end-to-end refurbishment, brake rotors were replaced and ground flat by my friends at TrueDisk, carbon fiber parts were sanded and polished, valve covers were repaired and repainted, tank and subframe replaced, and a lighter exhaust was paired with a replacement ECU EPROM and free-flowing intake to wake the beast up. Sargent Cycle reupholstered the seat, and a modified A-arm was installed in front along with a shorter rear brake torque arm to quicken the steering. Wilbers suspension and new sticky rubber completed the chassis upgrades.

 

The result was stunning - visually, mechanically, and on the road. The bike was lighter, faster, more comfortable to ride and looked fantastic. 

 

 

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