Bolstered by the credo “Life’s too short to ride boring motorcycles”, Germany’s Elemental Custom Cycles (ECC) deconstructs classic bikes, rebuilding them into modern stunners. Their latest masterpiece is the Project #4, an eye-catching cafe racer built-out from a 1985 BMW R80 Monolever. Equipped with a bespoke stainless steel muffler and push button controls, the brilliant motorcycle is road legal and ready to roll.
Originally produced from 1982 to 1985, the BMW R80 Monolever is now enjoying a second life on the bespoke market, as the base model for numerous custom bikes. When taking on this popular bike for the Project #4, ECC first broke it down for a full inspection of the parts. Working from the ground up, they added a new rear subframe, elevated the fuel tank, and lowered the front end. They also threw in a new, adjustable rear monoshock, along with a pair of Brembo brake rotors.
Representing one of the most daunting parts of the build, ECC instaled 17″ spoked wheels by special request. Sealing the deal was the custom exhaust and some extraordinary patchwork, which took over 40 drafts and 7 layers to realise. The result is a minimalist cafe racer that passed the strictest regulations on its way to road legal status. That makes it a rare beast, in that most bikes of this calibre stick to the showroom circuit. Indeed, it’s safe to assume there’s one truly satisfied client cruising his way through Germany this very moment.