PROJECT ZERO 30: 1985 BMW R80 GS
Originally beginning as a 1985 BMW R80 GS, PROJECT ZERO 30's owner had one clear brief for us - build a solid, reliable, good looking motorcycle that could be ridden from Dubai all the way to the UK without issue. Off to work then!
The machine that you see in the images is the result of many a day and night spent perfecting small details an ensuring that they fit perfectly into the overall aesthetic and function of the bike.
The first thing that catches one's eyes is the red and white Marlboro-inspired livery, to pay homage to the BMW GS that took part in the famous Dakar Rally.
Beginning with the functional aesthetics, an Acerbis front fender, headlight cowl and rear fender provide protection from mud and road debris. A rear subframe has been fabricated specifically to house pannier bags for the long journey that this bike will eventually undertake. An aluminium auxiliary fuel tank has also been installed on the subframe for a larger fuel capacity, reducing the need for frequent fuel stops. Aluminium race plate covers have been custom fabricated in-house, and now wear the number "61" meatball sticker. A battery box has also been fabricated to accomdate a larger AGM battery, while being easily accessible.
Moving to the engine and electrics, this R80 benefits from a fully refurbished motor and carburetor. Exhaust duties are sorted by a custom-bent Akrapovic unit, giving PROJECT ZERO 30 a proper soundtrack. A Motogadget M-unit and indicators provide electrical reliability and visibility, along with a rectifier regulator unit. Speed information is provided by a Koso digital speedometer. Domino grips and switch controls provide, grip, comfort and control.
Last but not least, a phone charger, USB port and phone holder are installed inside the fuel tank cabinet so that the rider can remain connected.
The final product is a visually-appealing machine that is dedicated to serving one purpose - covering long distances with no issue. That thought process has filtered throughout the build, which is why the electronics are reliable, accessible and easy to maintain. Easily-found off-the-shelf parts were used throughout, as opposed to custom or niche products which would become a hassle in the long term. The bike is also set up comfortably, with space for luggage.
We're incredibly proud of PROJECT ZERO 30 but only one thing will truly complete this build for us - when the owner reaches the UK safely and comfortably on his BMW R80 GS!