Cam Elkins – the man behind the Stories of Bike - spends a lot of his time journaling motorcycle culture and the characters behind some of the best the custom machines in the world. So, he's often the first person to know about anything and everything that’s worth knowing in the world of motorcycles. For someone who knows so much and for someone who is surrounded by motorcycles daily, it’s hard task to build a custom bike that will not only impress him but one that he wants himself. But that’s how and why Gasoline Motor Co. built The Keeper.
Created from an old BMW r65 that had been tucked away in the garage for years, the brief was to build a ‘forever bike’ – one with timeless style and clean lines that upholds the classic BMW features with completely modern controls and handling. A hard task, no doubt, but one that Gasoline has mastered.
First of all, the R65 is a wise choice for a custom build. It’s light, the handling is quick, and steering stability is good—thanks to the sturdy upper triple clamp. But, to counter the age of the R65, Gasoline started by dismantling the original engine and gearbox. They vapour blasted and rebuilt the drivetrain with all new bearings, seals and gaskets, and then restored and powder coated the final drive unit. The addition of two laser etched steel plaques attached to the side of the engine reveal the collaboration between two iconic Australian motorcycle companies; Gasoline Motor Co & Stories of Bike.
L'Estrange LondonSlate Grey Stretch Cotton 24 Trousers£125
Uniform StandardDouble Black Leather Series 1 Sneakers£140
JunghansBlack / White Max Bill Automatic 027/3501.04 Watch£850
MenuBlack Cubic Plinth £905
INDUSTVILLEBrass Brooklyn 5 Wire Pendant £159
BALTIC WatchesSteel Bracelet / Beads of Rice HMS 002 Watch £428
Performance-wise, DNA air filters was the choice for optimal filtering efficiency and increased airflow to the engine. The superior technology of Beringer hand controls, switch blocks and callipers create a clean look with full riding control.
Aesthetically, the bike is impeccable too. The modern-retro aesthetic is created by the purpose-built Moto-supplied the small profile headlight and lighting control unit along with Motogadget speedometer, grips and glassless mirrors. While, the neat custom designed rear hoop & subframe keeps the engine casings and cast wheels were sand blasted and powder coated. The tank was designed with a deep royal blue and an understated matte grey – in keeping with the vintage BMW brand.