Le French Atelier BMW R80

Aug 25, 2016

Category: Rides

In a small bespoke motorcycle workshop in Versailles, Vincent Amar, Thomas and Anthony Letourneur, and Denis Pereira, work together to outfit motorcycles in a way only the French could accomplish; smooth yet sinister in appearance. This 1987 BMW R80RT is no different, boasting a drag strip motorcycle profile the fellas over at Le French Atelier could easily modify.

In this instance, the R80 featured here began as an ex-police vehicle. So, they begin by re-fabricating the subframe to keep the bike as low profile as possible. It featured a single-die swing arm as well, so to provide a balance in aesthetics they removed the opposing disc on the front wheel and caliper mount. The fuel tank, with a gun metal gray paint job, is a modified from a Yamaha DTE125 that now hosts an all-in-one speedo, signal lights, and power button. Of course, the engine was left intact, and the crew finished everything off with a smooth matte black and flat gray paint job leaving the bike prepared to cruise the French countryside in style.

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