1979 BMW R80 Boardracer

Can Boardracer genes be uncovered in any bike from any brand from any period? I guess yes if you use the services of a great custom builder. For this 1979 BMW R80 named “Skyway” the styling master is from Santa Monica, California shop Hutchbilt. This project started as an average custom tweak but Jeremy could not stand the idea of producing another custom BMW. Instead, he went for a California racing style, forgetting on purpose the bike German DNA.

Front suspension was improved swapping it for one borrowed from a Yamaha R6. Almost all the bike wiring and cables are run internally inside the frame and bars. It’s true for the throttle and clutch cable systems and the micro switches from Motogadget The brake lever has been eliminated thanks to the fabrication of a custom one-foot front/rear brake system. For a more aggressive look rectangular exhaust tips were CNC machined. And for a very unique appearance this old school BMW received a Mexican blanket-style paint job…

10 Responses to “1979 BMW R80 Boardracer”

  1. 1 Ticklemyfaceballs Oct 3rd, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Reminds me of an Easter Bunny

  2. 2 takehikes Oct 3rd, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Wow is that hideous.

  3. 3 Xenu Oct 3rd, 2017 at 11:38 am

    I don’t see any connection to a board track racer besides a dropped handlebar and pneumatic tires.

  4. 4 Fzzzz Oct 3rd, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    That looks pretty good for an abnormally hideous bike. The old BMWs were great bikes but still scary ugly.

  5. 5 RUB Oct 4th, 2017 at 12:08 am

    if that’s ” California racing style ” I’ll pass . Now give me another big wheel bagger please !!!!

  6. 6 Guzzi Greg Oct 4th, 2017 at 7:13 am

    Board racer? Bored racer maybe.

  7. 7 chris w Oct 4th, 2017 at 7:55 am

    what a waste!

  8. 8 highrpm Oct 4th, 2017 at 8:24 am

    i like it. clean. catchy.

  9. 9 Jess Oct 4th, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Props for a clean build! It may not be everyone’s cup of coffee but nice job Hutch … I think this has merit on the direction custom builds are going. Look at Hot Rods … more and more you are seeing rare and odd-ball makes and years being chopped and customized. I say bring it on! Why not pick up an old 60s or 70s model for cheap and chop the hell out of it … go out and make something!

  10. 10 Francesco Oct 4th, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Jolie moto, mais pas mon stile!

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