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This Beautiful Neo-Retro Scrambler Was Once BMW’s Ugly ’90s ADV Moto

There’s a certain timeless quality to adventure bikes of the 1980s and 2000s, though the ‘90s, for whatever reason, was responsible for more than its fair share of hideous ADV models, with the of the most flagrant offenses undoubtedly being BMW’s first-generation 1994 F650. However, where most would simply see a two-wheeled atrocity, Renato Frateschi of Brazil’s Frateschi Garage saw a decently-priced and decently-capable blank canvas to build a neo-retro scrambler.

Starting life as a 1994 BMW F650, Renato has gifted the Rotax-powered single a new seat atop a bespoke hooped subframe, an R100-era toaster-style tank, and a modern inverted front-end complete with an upgraded dual-disc setup. Fabricated entirely in-house, the project’s piece de resistance is undoubtedly its custom full stainless steel exhaust that culminates in a pair of under-seat SC-Project mufflers, high up and out of the way of any off-road obstacles the Beemer may come into contact with. The São Paulo shop also heavily utilized 3D-printing for the build, whipping up a bespoke set of dual-sport fenders as well as a headlight grill and fork guards with laser-cut Frateschi “F” logos. To see more of Frateschi Garage’s work, you can visit the shop’s website linked below.

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