BMW R100 by Kevils Speed Shop

BMW R100 custom
One of the most prolific BMW customizers in Europe is Kevin Hill. Based in the picturesque county of Devon, England, he’s been turning out a steady stream of BMW customs for nearly five years now.

The reputation of Kevil’s Speed Shop has spread far and wide, despite a relatively low-key profile and a dearth of decent photography. But Kev’s bikes are well-built and good value—as this 1983 BMW R100 shows—and now that he has a decent website, we’re guessing that business will get even better.

BMW R100 custom
The bike is called ‘Eleven’ and it was commissioned by Luc, a collector from Belgium who has ten motorcycles in his garage already. The biggest change from the stock R100 is a huge weight saving: anything not related to performance has been removed, and the bike reportedly weighs a third less than stock. The engine has been left alone—and with almost 70 hp on tap, there’s plenty of grunt.

BMW R100 custom
Black satin megaphones free up the breathing and a rear disc brake conversion has increased stopping power. Clip-ons and Raask rearsets have created a sportier riding position, and a custom tail section provides the sleek looks to match.

BMW R100 custom
Silver, bronze and cream are not your traditional BMW colors, but they add a touch of old-school luxury to the appearance, neatly set off by the brown-colored grips. It looks good, goes fast and doesn’t break the bank. What more could you want?

With thanks to photographer Andrew Butler.