Let’s face it: custom motorcycles are eye candy. And the eye candy doesn’t get much better than this new build from Fuller Moto, which has sent our photoreceptors into overload.
It’s a BMW R75/6 inspired by the stunning livery of the stunt planes used by the Breitling Jet Team. And it’s got the mechanical upgrades to match the jaw-dropping looks.
The name is somewhat cryptic: ‘FMW N8/75.’
“I don’t normally like to name Fuller Moto vehicles with just numbers,” says Bryan, “but BMW does. So we’ve paid a little homage to their nomenclature.”
“N8 comes from the client’s name, Nate. He’s been a close friend for around 20 years now.” Nate owns a tech company, but he doesn’t only get his kicks from high-tech. His daily driver is a 1929 Model A roadster pickup.
A couple of years ago, Nate gave Bryan his BMW and free rein to do whatever he wanted. So Bryan worked on it during downtime in the shop, and the result is a stunning combination of old and new.
“Anyone who has built a bike for a friend knows it can be tough,” says Bryan. “You want to build the best bike possible, but don’t want to break the bank.
“There’s also pressure to get the design right: What if they don’t like the result? So these usually take a while to complete.”
Believe it or not, this R75/6 is the first airhead Bryan’s laid spanners on. Not that he needed much encouragement to tear it apart: “It rode like a pig. Slow, underpowered, not very good-looking, and leaky. But with lots of potential!”
The Fuller Moto crew started by cutting off everything behind the motor, and getting the bike squared and centered on the UniJig.
“I did an initial sketch, working with my buddy Nick Garfias,” says Bryan. They decided to stretch the swingarm two inches, and convert the BMW to a mono-shock setup. “Nate is a big fella at around 6’4” so it will fit him a bit more proportionally.”
A jig was made up to stretch the swingarm and add the chromoly tube, bungs, and plates necessary for the rear Fox shock to work properly. Luckily, Bryan knows a Fox engineer—who helped set the correct travel and linkage ratios.