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A murdered-out BMW R100RT

Vagabund V12 BMW R100RT cafe racer

I’ve seen a number of Vagabund Moto’s super-clean builds, and was almost shocked that we haven’t featured one in the past. After digging through the archives are realizing we hadn’t, it was clear we were  overdue to share something from the Austrian duo. Their recently completed 1994 BMW R100RT, featured here, is a drool-inducing masterpiece. Admittedly, I’m a total sucker for the contrast between a matte and gloss finish of the same color. While the combo gets done often, its rarely pulled off this well often. What makes this bike stand out is the beauty within the simplicity.

Vagabund V12 BMW R100RT cafe racer with rider

Vagabund V12 BMW R100RT cafe racer motorcycle

Simplicity is really what makes the bike stand out. Paired down, and while it looks simple, there are plenty of super-clean details that surface upon closer inspection. The custom subframe and blacked out YSS monoshock keep the tail tidy.

Many items on the BMW R100RT were 3D printed such as the headlight housing with 5-3/4 LED headlight from “Highsider”, handlebar controls, indicator lights and rear end with an integrated ShinYo stripe LED rear and brake light. We had a Motogadget Motoscope Mini mounted way back when in our Bullitt OG, but it was mounted horizontally into the triple tree. Seeing it mounted vertically is a different take that I hadn’t seen before.

custom BMW cafe racer motorcycle - Vagabund Moto

One-off, 3D printed custom details and a milled aluminum Vagabond emblem bring it together. Oh, and fork booties too. Gotta love the fork booties!

Vagabund V12 BMW R100RT cafe racer side profile

The solid rear wheel cover in a unique touch that certainly grabs your attention. Made from GRP (fiberglass-reinforced plastic) and painted black, it changes the look and feel of the bike.

Vagabund V12 BMW R100RT cafe racer rear

custom motorcycle wheel - BMW cafe racer

Much like Cafe Racer Dream’s BMW R100 RS cafe racer we featured in the past, simplicity is king. Details matter, but keeping them subdued makes them all the cooler. Vagabund’s BMW R100RT cafe racer is one we’d definitely like to have in the Bullitt garage, and one that would be equally at home here on the Southern California streets. And while this Beamer might be sold, they do sell a Vagabund VnineT, which is a customized – to your liking – BMW RnineT. Check it out here.

Vagabund V12 BMW R100RT cafe racer overhead

Vagabund V12 BMW R100RT 1994

  • 100% street legal
  • Rear wheel cover made out of GRP (fiberglass-reinforced plastic) painted black
  • Exhaust System: Modified “HATTECH” Y-pipe and silencer (black ceramic coated)
  • “Retro fit collective” upper triple tree and fork nuts
  • Milled Vagabond emblem (aluminum)
  • 60mm reduced front fork
  • 3D printed fork covers with integrated LED turn signals
  • Custom rear subframe
  • Shortened LSL street bar
  • Grimeca Brakemaster cylinder
  • Domino clutch-lever
  • 3D printed headlight housing with 5 3/4 LED headlight from “Highsider”
  • 3D printed handlebar controls / switch clamp (“all in one” light, horn, turn signal, start)
  • 3D printed housing for indicator lights (oil, turn, light)
  • 3D printed rear end with integrated ShinYo stripe LED rear / brakelight
  • DNA air filters
  • YSS rear monoshock
  • License plate holder with integrated motogadget m-blaze pin
  • Modified LSL footrests
  • Tires: “Continental” RoadAttack

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Patrick Flynn

Patrick Flynn

Patrick Flynn, a lifelong motorcycle enthusiast, combines over a decade of OEM motorcycle marketing experience with his passion for custom builds. Since 2008, he has been the driving force behind The Bullitt, a digital platform celebrating the art and culture of motorcycles.