When it comes to Scramblers there are plenty of better choices than BMW considering some main stock design features. In practice R100s are perfect candidates for Bobbers, Brats, Cafe Racers. With big humpy tanks and hulking motors these motorcycles make amazing donors relatively easy to transform (if handled right) preserving that unique 'BMW look' and at the same time changing the style completely.
Speaking of this R100/7 'Scram/7' built by the guys at Fuel Motorcycles we can see here something a little bit different. It's not that I'm surprised that the bike builders who're just in love with BMW motorcycles experiment with various of styles and do it really successfully, I'm impressed.
This project started 2 years ago. Fuel team was asked by Mark from Australia to rebuild his 1977 BMW into a more lightweight and nimble Scrambler which he was planning to ride during this year's Scram Africa. The goal was to make a motorcycle with all needed features to withstand the desert challenges. It was crucial to rework the front end and the rear for that purpose, also replace the tires, relocate the exhaust and improve the up end.
'To achieve that goal we started changing the entire front for a Suzuki DR 650 fork and 21” wheel. The fork was trimmed for better bike geometry and the rear shocks were replaced by the longer Ohlins ones', the guys say. The original oil pan was also replaced with a new one so the bike could get even more height.
The wheels have got two different tires for better riding experience in sands: Maxxis Maxxcross Sof Terrain (designed to get you through really deep sand) for the rear and Pirelli Scorpion MX for the front. An indispensable thing for the long distance trips is a Nuetech Tubliss tubeless systems that the tires were equipped with. While the conventional tubes are vulnerable for pinch flats and punctures these red inserts cope better with low pressure riding by creating two different zones of pressure inside the tires.
The tank is from BMW R27 with 17 liters capacity, which '...gives sufficient autonomy for the stages of the trip'. The guys at Fuel just love to adorn their builds with some interesting and unique details. This time it's a compass that you can see in the picture. Not only does this make the whole build look more creative, it also can be really useful in off-road trips such as Scram Africa.
A comfy solo seat and a substantive rear rack give this R100/7 an old enduro look.
Mark, the owner, successfully finished the 2.000km trip and was more than happy with his new bike.