Classic motorcycles are a charm to ride. Their mechanical simplicity set atop a old school design is as appealing today as it was when they were fresh out of the factory three and four decades ago. Add in the lovely rumble of a BMW boxer twin and things get even more interesting. That being said, all that looks and sounds beautiful might not translate into an excellent driving and ownership experience. Unless one knows how to get their hands dirty with old machinery, it’s quite a challenge to maintain an old motorcycle. And thats where modern bike builders are taking up the challenge to make the whole experience a more easy-going one. As it goes with old machinery, there are niggles and glitches. Some are major ones while others are smaller annoyances, but annoyances none the less. The custom bike builder comes into the picture here by taking this old heap of machinery, polishing it’s good bits and fitting new ones wherever necessary. And unlike cars, modifying motorcycles is a tasteful thing. In the end, the customer is a winner, as he gets the old-school charm of the classic without its old-school annoyances, while getting the right sort of styling that suits to their taste.
Moto Adonis is one such workshop with their base setup in Roosendaal, Netherlands. Here, the team thrives on a simple motive – building customised motorcycles that fulfil a person’s dreams. No matter what styling one is looking for, Moto Adonis simplifies the thought and brings out the best custom machine based on that idea. If one desires of a cafe racer or a scrambler, Moto Adonis are happy to oblige. But if someone is looking for something unique that doesn’t really qualify under any particular category, the men are thrilled with the new challenge. This new 1979 BMW R100RS is a epitome of the same thinking.
At first glance, it is quite clear that this 1979 BMW R100RS is nothing like any custom motorcycle one would come across on a usual day. Its wide handlebars, fork covers and short front mudguard, combined with the naked headlight (that now also serves as a base for the instrumentation) give a feel of a low-slung scrambler. But as you start moving towards the back, the beautifully double-sticked diamond pattern alcantara single-seat held in place by a custom-made sub-frame, combine with the metal mudguard that also holds the bates style taillight give the appeal of a classic. This styling is only emphasised more by the presence of retro-styled twin shock absorbers and an upswept exhaust system that produces a very desirable rumble according to the builder.
Moto Adonis have given preference to the look and feel of bare mechanicals rather than bodywork. The BMW R100Rs gets stripped down to it’s bare essentials with the only colour coding coming from the blue-lined black talk, where the silver too is the actual metal underneath.