April 12, 2012

A Beautiful Cafe Racer - BMW Motorrad R100/7

Frank McGoldrick is one of those people who seem to have a talent for everything they turn their hand to. An accomplished welder and fabricator, he graduated to designing and building bars, shops and restaurants throughout the UK.

After selling his business five years ago, Frank moved to the French Alps and was finally able to return to his childhood passion—motorcycles. Finally getting some time on his hands, he decided to build his own motorcycle, “with a style and individuality that most major manufacturers seem to neglect,” he says.

After scouring eBay Frank found a 1977 BMW R 100/7 in the UK. It was low mileage, but had been stored outside on a busy London street with no cover. “It was a rusty dirt ball of a bike,” he says. “But with a new battery and a quick service it seemed to run ok. It was simply a case of getting it back to France, an 800-mile journey.” Two days later the BMW was in Frank’s mountain workshop. As the first snow of the winter settled outside, he readied his grinder for some serious work.

The first job was to strip down every nut and bolt, remove the engine and wiring, and return the BMW to its component parts. Frank cut the sub frame from the main frame, de-tagging and de-lugging as he went along, and reworking the rear suspension geometry for more aggressive handling. The finished frame was was bead blasted, powdercoated and painted.

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