When I think about motorcycles I think about all the wonderful things I can do on them. Don’t get me wrong, I am a motorhead: I love cars, trucks, tractor trailers, and airplanes. I think they are all amazing. But that special connection with having only your two feet touching the earth makes two wheels just seem natural. The amount of space I need to contact the earth just seems so small. Like gravity is being questioned with every turn or on every unsettled road surface. The fact that bikes really do and can go more places just fills my mind with fantasies of great adventure, even while riding to the local grocery store.
In the words of Karles Vives...
"This is the new creation of Fuel Bespoke Motorcycles based on a BMW R80 ST 1984. The Fuel R80 STrial.
A motorcycle inspired by bikes like Triumph, BSA or Penton of the 60’s that used to ride the International Six Days Trials. Light bikes with small headlights, flat handlebars, minimalist seat and off road tires, motorcycles that were capable of riding trails and woods for days.
In this bike, commissioned by a classic bike enthusiast living in the Austrian Alps, we have been working not only on aesthetics but also improve its performance.
The front fork is from a BMW K75 Sport which has been adapted by designing and machining the front axle and the triple trees. The brake section has also been improved with a 320mm oversize disc, a 4-piston caliper Brembo and Nissin master cylinder. The entire front disc and displacer caliper has been designed by Fuel and built by a specialist.
The rear has been entrusted to a Wilbers shock with multiple adjustments. We have also worked on the exhaust and collectors for a set of 2 plus 2 exhaust manifolds (originally the R80 carries a 2 collectors with a single exhaust) and also varying the angle of the mufflers to take higher and improve their height the ground.
All the subframe is constructed again to get a slimmer line, shorten and strengthen the bike for off road use.
In the front of the bike we got a headlight from a classic Spanish trial bike, the headlight bracket has been created and built for a “clean” look of the fork, high performance Motogadget speedometer, handlebar Tomaselli, indicators switches from an old Triumph, classic enduro grips and a car type starter motor relocated to the side of the bike.
On one side of the Kawasaki tank we have incorporated a gearshift from an old Ural (suicide shift) and thanks to an ingeniously and simple mechanism acts on the choke,when you push down the handle the choke gets open, a "divertimento" which, aesthetically, gives personality to the bike.
There have been five months of hard work that has enabled us to make a step further and keep learning and improving our builds.
I would also like to thank the work, enthusiasm and talent of Hilario our engineer and Isaac and Jose the mechanics and of course to Mike, the owner, who has trust us since the begining.
As you know, we like to build bikes to ride and enjoy them so besides the studio pics, we have also made a photoshoot of R80 S Fuel Trial in Action. All taken by the photographer Claudio Rizzolo. Hope you like!"
Now let's get to the nudies:
And there's even a peek under the suicide shifter....
And the money shot.....
For a full spread, check out Moto-Mucci's blog.
Motor Type: Four-stroke two cylinder horizontally opposed "Boxer" engine, air cooled
Displacement: 797.5 cc
Max Power: 50 hp (37 KW) at 6,500 rpm
Valves Per Cylinder: 2
Carburation System: 2 constant depression carburettors, Bing V 64/32/305 - 64/32/306
Bespoke custom parts:
Fuel 320mm front disc + displacer caliper
Bracket front fender
Choke mechanism (Ural gearshift)
Solo seat (designed by Fuel and builded by X-Sits)
Kawaski KZ750 tank
Classic trial headlight
Nissin front master cylinder
BMW K75 front fork
Wilbers 632 rear shock
Brembo 4 calipers
Continental TKC 80 tyres
Magura clutch lever
Indicators from Moto Posh japan
SW-Motech on-Road/Off-Road Rider Footpegs