1980 BMW R80 Boxer Cafe Racer



Colours from the Central American Poison Dart frog – somehow the boxer engine and bar-end indicators made us think of a frog! Paint by Cycle Sprays


The pod air filters and tiny lithium battery have allowed us to lose the clutter of electrics, horn etc in the old air-box


Bespoke rear sub-frame, seat, rear sets, indicators and tail light


New fork legs, front discs and brake-pads, rear shocks, tyres, rims, controls, cables and mirrors


Engine thoroughly overhauled and cleaned/sand blasted


MOT validity 17 July 2015

Advanced work in progress.


John approached 2WM to build him a BMW boxer based café racer encompassing many of the characteristics of the classic British café racers.

Key to this was to incorporate a meaty Four Leading Shoe front drum and classic spoked alloy wheels.

Typical donor bikes for boxer projects are R80/7s – however, these have disc brakes. In order to deliver the front drum setup, 2WM sourced a 1980 R80/7 for John and then replaced the forks with those from a drum equipped R75/5. A new Yamaha 260mm 4 LS drum was sourced from J.Lomas and spoked Morad alloy wheels were built by Hagon.

To further enhance the retro look, the R75 old shape tank (with knee grips) and headlamp were incorporated as well as the shorter swingarm.

The rear sub-frame was modified to take a café racer seat base and the tail light was built into this. A one-off tuck-and-roll seat was upholstered and covered P&D Bikes. The fenders and the reverse cone/pea shooter exhausts were fabricated in-house.

The carbs have pod air filters and the old air box will contain the very small Shorai lithium battery, horn etc – so allowing the space under the saddle to be clutter-free.

A Vincent bar with Magura levers has been used together with one-off cables.

The black and old English white paint job is by Cycle Sprays.


  •  1980 BMW R80/7 frame and engine


  • R75/5 forks, tank, headlight shell and swing-arm


  • Yamaha 260mm 4LS front brake


  • Morad wheels by Hagon


  • Bespoke exhausts, seat, rear sub-frame, rear-sets and fenders


  • Paint by Cycle Sprays

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