When BMW introduced the R80G/S in 1980, it effectively created the world’s first adventure bike. However, while the R80G/S is a classic that captivates riders to this day, none of its magic translated into future GS models. Hell, even its R100GS successor was a radical departure from the design.
The latest build from LA-based Roughchild Motorcycles is a modern reimagination of the icon. Dubbed the R100XE, it started life as a 1993 BMW R100R being treated to a host of upgrades. For starters, it dons an authentic fuel tank, headlight nacelle, and front fender from an R80G/S. Complemented by a matching subframe unit, as well as a custom seat on top, it cuts quite the off-road aesthetic. And when it comes to suspension, Roughchild has outfitted the R100XE in spades. Up front, it gets the fork from a 2019 Triumph Scrambler 1200XE; at the rear, it rides on an Öhlins shock with an external reservoir. Rolling on some appropriately-sized Akront rims wrapped in Continental TKC80 tires, it promises to be a capable performer on- and off-road. Last but not least, it features a suite of modern cockpit components, including a Speedhut GPS speedo, LED lighting all around, and a Motogadget keyless ignition system.
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