Thursday, December 25, 2008

The BMW MeGa 1 Project


The 1972 BMW R75/5-based MeGa 1 cafe-racer

While looking around for some interesting old BMWs, we happened to come across the MotoEuro website, where we found this MeGa 1 café racer. Based on a 1972 BMW R75/5, the MeGa 1 was first shown two years ago at the AHRMA Vintage Weekend at Barber Motorsports, where it won the 1970s class in the European Concours d' Elegance.

The MeGa 1 features a modified fuel tank from a 1977 R100RS, custom-built seat and tail unit, and a handmade aluminium front fender. The front fork is off an R100RT, with 38mm Race Tech cartridge emulators modified to work with BMW internal components. The alloy wheels are from Morris, and the brakes are modified Brembo units with custom-built stainless steel brake lines.

At the back, the bike’s swingarm has been strengthened and braced, the one-off alloy-bodied reservoir shocks are from Works Performance and the stock BMW drum brakes have been replaced with Grimeca disc brakes.

The MeGa 1’s engine, which makes 85bhp, is based on an R100GS mill that’s been completely rebuilt – ported and polished heads, new valves, new cams, 38mm Mikuni carbs with velocity stacks, modified Luftmeister 2-into-1 header, Supertrapp muffler, high performance coils, ignition booster, electronic regulator and… a lot of other bits and pieces. The gearbox is a five-speed unit, and the dashboard is all-electronic, with LED displays and computer-controlled instrumentation!

The BMW MeGa 1, which weighs about 175kg, looks lean and lithe and we quite like the 1970s café racer styling. Should be good fun to ride…

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