Back in 2016, Barcelona-born Brooklyn transplant, Matias Corea spent 168 days on an original BMW R80G/S, traversing the more than 20,000 miles between New York City and the Tierra del Fuego archipelago on the southern tip of Argentina. Now operating under the banner of “Myth Motor,” the Brooklyn-Based designer-by-day has now taken the knowledge gained on his first international trek to create an even more capable long-range adventure bike for his next ambitious journey, this time riding from Barcelona to Cape Town.
Starting with a 1983 BMW R80ST, the 50hp, 797.5cc boxer twin has been bored out to 1,001cc’s and fitted with a slew of upgraded internals that increased its horsepower output to 72hp at the wheel. The stock chassis has been strengthened with more than a dozen reinforcement plates, given a new, slightly kicked-up subframe with an integrated rear luggage rack, a 4” longer swingarm, and been outfitted with a custom Wilbers shock and WP fork with nearly 10” of travel. Other upgrades include Brembo brakes, Excel rims, a high-capacity 11.3-gallon nylon fuel cell made by HPN, Hepco Becker hard cases, modified Dakar-style fenders, an Acerbis fairing and handguards, Magura handlebars, and a set of Baja Design S1 LED fog lights mounted on the Bavarian build’s crash bars.
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