DA#1 by Diamond Atelier

DA#1 BMW R80 RT 1992 by Diamond Atelier  

Clean and elegant. minimal style for this Beemer

The BMW R80 RT was Tom’s personal bike, which he bought at the age of 17. At that time the bike was completely stock with 25.000 kilometers (15.600 miles) on the clock and in perfect running condition. After riding the RT with the distinctive travel fairing around for a while, Tom soon realized that it was not suited for heavy downtown traffic. So he and Pablo decided to give it a lighter and more agile feel, without falling into the old know city-­‐scrambler category.


Being the first motorcycle Tom and Pablo have ever built, the DA#1 had to stand out from the crowd. In some way it had to be different from the massive amount of other Airhead Boxers in the custom motorcycle scene. Rather than just building another typical Café Racer, Diamond Atelier decided to source inspiration from various styles found all around the motor world, including streetfighters, racing motorcycles, trackbikes and even drift cars. The unique design of this motorcycle was tried to be achieved by well-­‐proportioned body components and only two base colors, which give the BMW an understated look, yet it attracts immediate attention when cutting through night-­‐time city streets. Staying true to the brand name and our claim to “Live Pure Class”, we inserted a 0.17-­‐ karat diamond into the upper fork clamp. This approach on the bikes visuals soon became the signature style for Diamond Atelier, which runs as the common thread through all builds and concepts.

Parts list DA#1
• 18 inch BMW R100R front wheel
• 38.5mm diameter telescopic forks lowered by 85mm
• Custom headlight built from vintage Yamaha and Honda parts
• Fehling clip-­‐on handlebars
• Brembo PSC-­‐16 brake master cylinder
• New Brembo calipers
• Stainless steel brake lines
• R100R floating discs
• Custom machined upper triple clamp
• Tomaselli quick-­‐action throttle grip and Moto Guzzi throttle cables
• Magura levers with bespoke clutch cable and machined adapters
• Tarozzi rearsets and custom-­‐made aluminum linkage
• Custom stainless steel side license plate holder attached to the driveshaft
• Porsche GT3 Cup gel battery
• Lifted gas tank • De-­‐tabbed and cleaned main frame
• Entirely scratch-­‐built rear frame – 150mm narrower than original
• Fiberglas seat with industrial caoutchouc padding
• Stock headers, no middle silencer
• Cone mufflers with custom inserts
• CNC-­‐machined alternator cover, starter cover and driveshaft-­‐housing
• Round valve covers
• Re-­‐drilled circular air filter housing
• Hand-­‐mixed base color with self-­‐made black stripes
• All frame, drivetrain and suspension parts powder coated
• New electronics system
The bike passes TÜV regulations and is legal on German streets

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