The beautiful machine that you see in the images started life as a 1985 BMW R80. Number 21 in the series of Cafe Rider bespoke builds, this bike occupies a special place for us, because it actually belongs to Murtaza Moulvi, founder of Cafe Rider.
Moving from front to back, this aircooled Bimmer wears knobby tires on wire wheels. A custom headlight takes care of lighting duties, while keeping a relatively low profile on the front of the frame. Custom fenders in the front and rear continue the aesthetic while protecting Murtaza from any dirt that might get kicked up on any off-road excursions.
A fully fabricated subframe and a re-upholstered leather seat sorts out the seating department. Under the seat, the airhead engine breathes through K&N pod air-filters and wears a custom engine cover, proudly displaying its place in the Cafe Rider lineup - No.21. A custom fabricated two-in-one exhaust allows hydrocarbons to exit, through a "sawed-off" end with slats.
A Renthal handlebar gives Murtaza his preferred riding position while bar-end mirrors, Motogadget bar-end indicators and an MBlaze pin in the rear ensure that other road users are well-aware of Supernova, while retaining its stealthy aesthetic.
All in all, it's a friendly machine that looks tough but is equally at home on the streets as it is on light trails. The deep red tank is the perfect cherry on the proverbial cake, helping to break up the dark paint scheme that is deployed everywhere else.
It's a statement, but it's not a statement bike.