Zig when others zag: Nik’s customized BMW R80




There’s a certain system for BMW airhead customs. A few years throughout the previous, European workshops esteem Café Racer Wants in Madrid discovered the recipe, and delicate it over multiple builds.

Nonetheless very occasionally the airhead system is ditched. And this time it’s one different Spanish workshop: Niks Bikes of Barcelona. This take into consideration-catching R80 is is named ‘Nightmare’ and discards the enduring BMW tank. Instead, the visible focal degree is on the engine, and the machine has an surprisingly gentle and ethereal originate.




There are 4 individuals throughout the Niks group, along with founder Nicos Marquès and Xavi, the proprietor of this BMW. The quartet purchased collectively in 2005 to manufacture customs for his or her very relish enjoyment, and after refining their day-job skills in industrial originate, mechanics and metalworking, went public in 2015.

Since Xavi is the proprietor of this R80, worth vary constraints failed to use—and there grew to become complete ingenious freedom. Consistent with Xavi, the crew targeted on “the nonetheless traces of the bike, and making the engine shine—the fundamental persona of this mission.”




It’s a placing leer, and one which purchased our consideration immediately. It’s clearly not a motorbike for lengthy-distance touring, nonetheless it with out a doubt’s muy elegante.

“One of many main first ideas grew to become to blueprint shut the BMW very slim from the quit evaluate, and presents it a colourful line from the facet,” Xavi says. “That diagram, whenever you’re driving the bike, you fetch the sensation that you simply simply would possibly perchance be ‘driving on the engine’.”




The boxer motor has purchased a ton of consideration. After a complete rebuild, with novel crankshaft bearings, rods and rockers, Niks upgraded it to 1000cc using novel cylinders and excessive compression pistons.

Each cylinder head has furthermore been refurbished, with consumption ports polished, and machined to suit a second spark fade for higher combustion. To fabricate the twin-spark setup work, a pair of double Mute Hektiks has changed the inventory coils. And the alternator and ignition system duties are actually handled by a Mute Hektik LiMa 410—a 3-fragment 410W alternator and digital ignition gear.




Juice comes from a Skyrich lithium battery, which hides underneath the (totally rebuilt) gearbox.

The strangest fragment of the engine setup is the carburetion: The long-established Bing carbs had been changed by a twin Weber carb from a vehicle. “That wasn’t straightforward to tune up, nonetheless because of the help from Voodoo Storage—who include executed this ahead of—the path of grew to become smoother than it is going to had been,” says Xavi.




We are able to’t think about how not straightforward it should had been to fetch the Weber working, nonetheless it with out a doubt seems simply acceptable with the air intakes underneath the seat and provides to the minimalist vibe.

The prolonged and curvaceous consumption manifolds leer esteem an extension of the make the most of, and the piping at each consumption and make the most of ends is fantastically fabricated. It’s the work of Barcelona native Christoffer Mårtensson.




It’s the tank that eyes will probably be drawn to first, although. “We managed to obtain an historic Honda tank that fits utterly with the width of the BMW crankcase—very small and slim,” says Xavi.

The tank grew to become modified to suit the body, and the entrance fragment of the tank ‘tunnel’ grew to become boxed off to condominium the electronics—along with a Motogadget m.unit administration subject. The gasoline cap has been changed by a traditional Monza sort, and there’s a gasoline stage tube on the left facet of the tank.




The tip and help sections of the body are novel. “The customary subframe bolts on the body, nonetheless it with out a doubt’s now a one-portion,” says Xavi, “aside from for the help loop, which is able to probably be eliminated by means of 4 hidden screws. A novel TFX Suspension shock is bolted right into a novel mount and is longer than inventory, to raise the ‘floating’ prime line. And there’s a straightforward nonetheless fashionable novel seat, however once more constructed by Christoffer Mårtensson.

The entrance suspension will get an improve too, with beefier forks (and yokes) from a BMW R100R. They’ve been shortened to toughen the stance of the bike, with fashionable springs inside and novel fork caps with a treasured preload adjustment. The R100R brake calipers include attain alongside for the crawl too, tangled as much as a Brembo grasp cylinder with a spherical built-in reservoir: “Cherish these on historic Ducatis—it provides you extra feeling.”




“We have been trying to obtain a cosy driving methodology, so we went for LSL’s 22mm ‘Consolation’ murky bar,” says Xavi. “And since we maintain Motogadget elements, we selected their bar stop indicators, machined aluminum grips, mini switches and a Motogadget Small speedo that is on prime of the steering nut.” The cables are actually routed by the bars for a colourful leer.

Motogadget ended up sponsoring this mission, and furthermore provided a pair of their fashionable ‘glassless’ mirrors with polished aluminum lenses to complete the entrance stop.




All that grew to become left to suit grew to become a miniature nonetheless appreciable headlight, bolted onto a customized bracket fabricated by Stefan from Kooltcreations, plus novel metal fenders. Then the R80 went off for paint, with a traditional all-murky blueprint utilized by native Barcelona whizzkid Edgar at TJA Creates.

We’ll repeatedly include time for the usual customized airhead leer, nonetheless it with out a doubt’s furthermore time we had a change. Prime marks to Niks for trying out one factor novel—and pulling it off in vogue.

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