I was sitting at my computer browsing the internet for any interesting cars or bikes for my next project. I went into the site of a well-known car sales and auction company in SA. While digging around their website I found a 1985 BMW K100. This bike was going to be auctioned off on that Saturday and the starting bid was R12000.00. It looked too good to be true, so I went to look at the bike that Friday after work.
When I got to the facility I went straight to the bike section and looked for the K100. I knew the place because I bought my ZXR750R from them. The BMW was not there. After searching this massive warehouse I found the bike tucked into a corner at the stand where the auction was going to take place the following day. The key was in the bike so I took it upon myself to inspect the bike. It would not start so I found a sales person who was very helpful and also has a passion for bikes. We got a booster pack and tried jump starting the bike with no success. Eventually I figured out that the starter motor was faulty. It must have looked hilarious seeing a sales man pushing a motorcycle with me on it up and down the passage of this warehouse. Our persistence payed off, the bike started and I was able to take it for a ride. It was in desperate need of a service but not in bad nick for a 34 year old bike. I parked it back where I found it and went home happy that I did my homework on this bike. I wanted it!
The following morning I went back for the auction which was set to start at 11am. I got there early, and after all the admin was done I got a coke and went to sit at the auction spot. I stayed away from the bike and watched the people trying to start the BMW with no luck.
The auction started and the K100 was lot 86. Because the bike could not start, it was not sent across the auction block but bidding started with it parked in the corner. Eager to get the bike I started the bid at R12000.00. It went back and forth between me and 3 others for a while but the others didn’t want to bid high because the bike was not starting so I won the bidding with an offer of R16000.00.
The tear down and design.
That Monday I arranged a lift to fetch the bike. I rode it back to the shop with a smile on my face. The tear down started immediately once back at the shop. The body parts went to Neil (master with paint!). I wanted a BMW Motorsport theme for the bike so I came up with the M100 name and incorporated the M sport stripes and Martini racing logo onto the bike. I started changing the stance of the bike by lowering the front and raising the back. I changed the look by shortening the bike and modifying the original tail piece to give the bike an aggressive racer look. I added clip on handlebars, round headlamp and aftermarket indicators for a more classic look. I also gave it a good service and sent the starter in for repair. While stripped down, the bike got a good degreasing and all necessary engine bits got some fresh black paint.
A month later I got the parts back from Neil. It took a little longer than anticipated because of design changes (my bad) but it was worth the wait. The paint work and graphics are perfect thanks to Neil.
I can’t wait to get started on the assembly and seat design.
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