1986 BMW R80RT “B-1” by VDBMoto

BMW R80RT by vdbmotoThe first Derick’s build featured on bikevx.com – Triumph Scrambler – has drawn a great amount of attention on facebook and no wonder – the bike is really special and a true one-off motorcycle. Although it was their first “real” build, it seemed that VDBMoto team had been building bikes forever. Well, some of us just have a knack for stuff like that!

If you know how to make something beautiful you should make it. Furthermore, you should practice and make it even better or different. So, VDBMoto did. Meet BMW R80 RT “B-1” – the latest Derick’s project and his first BMW bike.
BMW R80RT beemer
“Our first BMW build, B-1, is based on a mono lever 1986 R80RT and got to us in pretty rough conditions, with many years of dirt and negligence on her”, says Derick. The guys wanted the bike to retain some aged features to make contrast with the new painted and glossy parts. So, after making sure that the engine was well functioning, the internals were slightly refreshed and then the boxer was left on the outside as it was.
1986 BMW R80 RT by VDBMoto
The donor was stripped down and the team eliminated all the usual unnecessary parts to lose some weight and prepare the bike for the new look. The rear frame was replaced with the new one, which was designed to house a new black ribbed seat.

the ribbed seat
“The suspensions were upgraded with progressive springs at the front and adjustable mono at the rear. Powdercoated wheels now wear Pirelli mt43 rubbers to retain our vision of bikes with on/off road capabilities”, explains Derick. I believe that’s the approach that many riders would well appreciate. Also, as Derick admits, they “have a thing for rust” (check out T-2’s fuel tank) so, after beign fitted the rear fender was left to the weather to create a nice patina of rust. Those, who are dissapointed with the absence of the front fender can relax, as the bike comes with an optional unit if the weather calls for it.
1986 BMW R80RT handlebars
Original BMW fork boots and ears provided some nice classic look and adorned the front end. The handlebars area was awesomely arranged with minimum space taken, as well as all the cables were wrapped to give the bike, as Derick says, “a texturized cleaner look”.

VDBmoto logo1986 BMW R80RT by VDB Moto
After being rebuilt R80RT sits 2-3 inches higher and thanks to the ceramic coated shorty mufflers, has a nice throatier sound. The 60’s pastel steel blue looks great with glossy black and powder coated rims. I think B-1 is an exellent example of how you can find a golden mean between old, classic and new.

VDBMoto worked on this project in collaboration with Folklore Surf – a surfboard company in Brooklyn. So, very soon we will see the bike in a short movie about motorcycles, surfing and girls.

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Pictures by Derick at VDBMoto