BMW's K100RS is sometimes unkindly known as the "flying brick". Valencia-based Bolt Motor Company have taken one such "brick" and turned it into a more of a straight-at-the-target arrow. Meet Bolt #34, the latest café racer to be created at Bolt HQ for one fortunate customer.
The classic BMW black and gold colour scheme on this transformed 1986 K100RS is Bolt's characteristically sophisticated tribute to the past. The detailing of this perfectly judged reimagining is very much of the future.
For instance: 3D printing is used to create a bespoke clamp for the newly fitted Motogadget speedo unit - and to print a custom Bolt cover for the LED front light, essential to pick out the rapidly approaching nighttime horizon.
The original K100RS's bulk is barely visible on the Bolt #34. The essential cafe racer saddle provides one critical visual cue. Replacement front and rear suspension is a performance decision that contributes to the aggressive aesthetic. Front forks are by Marzocchi as fitted to Ducati's Panigale 1199, with custom clamps by Bolt. British specialists Hagon supplied the rear suspension. The hefty 330 mm front brake discs are equipped with monoblock callipers by Brembo. Those arresting knobbly tyres are from Michelin's Akakee Wild range.
Almost all that's generally chrome is golden on the Bolt #34, in keeping with the tribute colourway. Much of the rest is gloss black. The result is another stellar creation from the Bolt garage, further testament to the meticulous work of these perfectionists, bringing the skill of Adrian Campos's Formula Two team to one-of-a-kind café racers. Sublime.
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