BMW R80RT V05 by Vagabund

All Photos: Moritz Lechner

Continuing in their minimalist philosophy, Austrian duo Paul Brauchart and Phillip Rabl of Vagabund Moto know how to manifest their outlooks on life into metal. Take this BMW R80RT for example, which serves as their interpretation of what the future has in store for the bike world while remaining somewhat loyal to the iconic builds of the past.

To start, the boys at Vagabund decided to rid the machine of all BMW wiring, known for its cumbersome nature. From here, the R80RT’s fuel tank position was modified as to set the stage for the surrounding construction which began with a newly welded rear frame, then moved toward the impressive custom exhaust system and later onto smaller elements such as the lithium-ion battery placement, lights, electronics, and controls. They also designed its headlight themselves out of a flat piece of aluminum which in turn was used for the aluminum cap on the rear wheel and the under-seat tail light housing thanks to their friend Berni who works as a metal artist at Blechmann. The bike also rides atop a set of Continental RoadAttack 2 tires, hosts a Kustom Tech Grimeca brake master cylinder, and a Motogadget speedometer. Quite the execution in minimalist perfection. Now if only we could take it for an afternoon test drive. [H/T: Pipe Burn]

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