1986 BMW R80 RT – B1 by VDBMOTO

I was contacted by Derick Van den Bussche the owner of VDBMOTO introducing the awesome B-1 build based on a 1986 BMW R80 RT which arrived to them in pretty rough conditions, with many years of dirt and negligence on her. We have featured many custom R80 in the past with this one right at the top of the list.

Having been back posting for a couple of days now I have seen some amazing builds to write about. This one really jumped out at me from VDBMOTO which is a lifestyle brand based out of Brooklyn, New York who specialise in customizing motorcycles. They are also launching a leather goods, Apparel and Accessories collection which I can;t wait to see.

VBD said “In the design process we wanted to maintain a mix of old and new, and decided to retain the distressed and rugged look of the engine to make a contrast with the new parts and paint.” I really like how they have done this, the shine of the new tank paint works so well with the weathered patina of the rear fender. The tank was painted with a 60’s pastel steel blue with a glossy finish and custom aluminium badges were added in place of the original BMW logos.

The rear subframe was redesigned and replaced with upgraded with progressive springs at the front and adjustable mono at the rear. For me my favourite part of the 1986 BMW R80 RT that brings everything together on this build is the stunning powdercoated wheels, wearing Pirelli mt43 rubbers to retain the vision of the bike with on/off road capability.

An aluminium surf rack was fitted as they are working on a project in collaboration with folklore surf, a surfboard company close in Brooklyn. The bike will be featured in a short movie involving motorcycles, surf and girls. Well done guy’s on an epic build and can’t wait to see more custom machines rolling out of the shop.

Website: vdbmoto.com

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