Tim’s since focussed his keen sense of aesthetics onto customizing bikes. This 1976 BMW R75/6 is his latest work—and we’re smitten with its functional yet charming vibe.
A suitable R75 donor was picked out, and wheeled into Tim’s Brooklyn, New York workshop.
The carbs and airbox were quickly tossed in favor of a set of Mikuni VM32s with cone filters. Tim also fabricated a box to fill the now open space; it houses a new, smaller battery and a custom-wired fuse box.
He also upgraded the electrics with an electronic ignition and an updated diode board. The exhaust is a bespoke, two-into-one affair—made with 304 stainless steel, and terminating in an Arrow muffler.
The subframe is a custom-made, chromoly unit—shorter and slimmer than stock. It bolts to the main frame via custom mounting tabs that Tim added. On top is a one-off seat, upholstered in cow hide in-house.
When it came to the fuel tank, Tim had his work cut out for him. “Someone was nice enough to take a hammer to the tank prior to me finding it,” he explains. “I guess not everyone likes airheads like I like ’em.” The tank was sectioned, shortened, boxed and trimmed to get it into shape.
At each end, hand-rolled aluminum fenders cap off the bodywork. The rear holds a tiny tail light, while a Harley-Davidson Sportster headlight is been mounted up front—complete with its signature cowl. Just behind it are a set of low-rise bars and Renthal grips.
Other bits and pieces include a quarter-turn Domino throttle, and a Brembo master brake cylinder with a braided hose (the R75’s down to one disc in front now). The tires are dual-purpose numbers from Kenda.
It’s already a great mix of well-considered mods, but it’s the color palette that really drives the point home. The frame and wheels are finished in a pale grey to match the engine, while the new subframe’s been done in black. And that warm grey on the tank is just sublime.