There’s something about the compact, muscular stance of 70s-vintage BMWs that makes them prime candidates for customization. This cafe racer comes from leading glass artist Francesco Pagnin of Treviso in Italy, who calls his motorcycle workshop ‘Franz Garage’. It’s based on a BMW R45, the 473cc boxer-engined middleweight built throughout the late 70s and early 80s.
After a complete mechanical and electrical overhaul, Francesco built a seat and tail unit and modified the rear frame to suit, using 8mm tubing. There are neat touches throughout, with minimal instrumentation and a new headlight assembly and rearsets. The tank is from an R100, the bars are adjustable Tommaselli items and the mirrors are from Rizoma.
Completing the radical transformation of this unassuming BMW R45 is a delicious white, black and gold paintjob from Patron Racing, and stubby custom mufflers built by Francesco himself. Molto bella. [Thanks to Michiel of BMW Cafe.]