Kevil Speed Shop in Devon (UK) is one of the most important and well-known workshops in Europe specialized in customizing old BMW boxer and has an impressive client list. They are discerning customers, who have their own concept of custom and take part in building it, proposing ideas to which Kevil's team always offers solutions. Occasionally, the team gets a bit of spare time on their hands to build "their" concept of bike, without any input or external guidelines, bikes that do not need approval ... building bikes just for the pleasure of building them.That's the case of this 1979 BMW R100/7 created with a mix of Brat and Scrambler style, the kind of style that summons dreams of overland Wanderlust. The initial idea was to create a minimalist custom, fit for an urban use but fairly robust to deal, without problems, with the off road. Leafing through the Land Rover colours catalog, Kev found inspiration on the colour he would have used on this new custom: "Vesuvius" a burnt orange shade that reminds of the lava from a volcano, hence its name "Lava".Looking at it, the first thing that jumps to the eyes is the sheer and clean space around the engine, that gives, this big boxer, a sense of lightness. The old Bing carburetors have been replaced by two performing Mikuni ones that mount K&N cone filters. The slender tank is that of a 1970 KZ400 Kawasaki, wonderfully painted in Vesuvius with a wide contrasting upper strip in graphite grey. The rear subframe has been designed to slightly overcome the tank and host a "lean" diamond-stitched leather saddle. We anticipate the criticism on the saddle, not that comfortable. At 50 years of age, we would certainly change it, but at 25, we could even do without! The frame and the splendid spoked wheels have been painted in glossy black, while for the tires they opted for solid notched Continental TKC.The shocks have been stiffened to give more stability on any type of road, the front headlight is now protected by a metal grill while the rear is a LED one as well as the turn signals integrated into the subframe. Particular the exhaust system, two-in-one-in-two, which sees the high connectors swaddled in a titanium alloy and stacked twin silencers painted in matt black.This is what you see from the external, but like all Kevil Speed Shop's bikes, it has also undergone a meticulous overhaul, replacing or rebuilding any slightly worn part, from the engine to the transmission, from the electrical to the brake system, until the most insignificant bolt, always offering a high quality product, as good as new.What to say about this bike ... it reminds us so much of our first 25 years of age, and for such a bike, uncomfortable saddle or not, we would do anything!
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