A BMW G 650 X doesn’t really scream ‘Cafe Racer’, which is why this build by the South African shop Hyde Designs is so striking. Jens Henkel, owner of the shop, reworked this bike – originally revered for its reliable 650 Rotax engine and simple open swingarm and structural frame – and turned it into a retro-futuristic cafe racer.
The Cape Town crew stripped the original frame down and almost completely rebuilt it with new and custom parts. The tank was made in-house, given an angular and sharp look finished out with a matte black finish – a color scheme that would end up being used throughout the entirety of the bike. The fiberglass tail on the bike continues the same sharp lines used from the tank, flowing out to a point where it hovers over the 18 inch Suzuki rims. Hyde Designes is selling this beauty for $13,200. [Purchase]