BMW K100 custom
Californian Larry Romestant is a man with a unique vision for custom motorcycles. In the BMW world he’s known for his ‘Special Ks’—restored and modified water-cooled K-series bikes. The bike shown above is ‘The Beast’, and it’s an apt moniker. Larry’s taken the frame from a 1986 K100 and fitted a motor from the mighty K1200RS. The internals are stock, but aspiration is through 45mm velocity stacks and the exhaust is 4-into-2, a reproduction of the exquisite sounding Contis fitted to Ducati Desmo twins. To extract the very last ounce of power, a K1100 Motronic module is enhanced by a Dynojet K1200RS Power Commander. According to Larry, “The engine fires easily and throttle response is immediate and crisp. The air/fuel ratio is tightly controlled throughout the rpm range, and remains closed loop for combustion efficiency and optimal performance at all speeds. The sound is unlike any made by a flying brick. When on the pipe, it’s reminiscent of the howl of a Honda CB750 Four—but more menacing and deeper.” Other mods include lowered suspension and later-model 305mm floating discs—which is probably a good move, given the 130hp output of a standard K1200RS straight four. So what’s with that headlight, Larry? “It’s my interpretation of the famous (and rare) Rauch item built in the 50’s in Der VaterLand. I call it the ‘Romestant 3 Hole Bucket’. It houses three digital gauges: speedo, tach and fuel level. Mounted under the seat are two additional gauges, oil pressure and engine temperature.” It’s a striking look and if you fancy one of those buckets for your own BMW, Larry can make one for you. See more of his bikes here, or head over to the BMW MOA website for details of Larry’s other creations. [Images by Thomas Bloch.]
Nikon D700 | 1/10s | f/10 | ISO 200 | Focal length 70mm
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