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This 1993 BMW R100R Was Stripped Down for an Ultra-Sleek Update

Minimalist design, applied wholesale.

For its latest impressive customization project, Austrian designer/engineer duo Vagabund Moto have set about the difficult task of redefining a BMW classic. Beginning with a 1993 BMW R100R, Graz-based Paul Brauchart and Philipp Rabl stripped the bike back to its bare bones to reveal a streamlined and shadowy-colored V07 café racer — unveiled at Vienna’s 2017 moto circus festival.

Affectionately dubbed “The Whale,” the bike’s original set and tank have been replaced by a new bespoke monocoque unit — including sleek acrylic paneling in front of the pop-up gas cap. Despite The Whale’s minimalist frame, the bike also has a few hidden tricks, including a leather valet tray accessed by a cable release system at the tail-end and a slimline lithium-ion battery.

If this custom BMW has piqued your interest, it’d be worth your while checking out what Krautmotors have done with this scooter.

Image Creditvagabund moto, stefan leitner
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