SHINING BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND.
Two friends, one thought. Based on a 1992 BMW R 80 RT, the bike will be a replica of the Retro Café Racer. Something that the two buddies had no idea back then: Their hobby project would be a shining example of the growing custom bike scene in Munich - admired by BMW fans around the world.
Tom Konecny (21) and Pablo Steigleder (24) are both motorcycle freaks. As often as possible, they take advantage of weekends and evenings for going out for a spin. Their destination: Munich and the beautiful surroundings of the Bavarian capital. Initially, the two young students did not create their own bikes, but drove conventional bikes like everyone else. Tom's bike was not new, but it was near and dear to him – he had had his 1992 model R 80 RT since he was 17. And when he was finally allowed to take it out on after turning 18, he had already modified it slightly. Over the next few years, the two became more deeply involved in the motorcycle scene in Munich. The scene was small, but it quickly grew. Things really got going as the custom shaft and the adaption of older machines, trackers and the urban "hacks" from France and England left their mark on the Café Racer. Nowadays bikes are increasingly customised. And in 2013 the motorcycle future suddenly changed for the two friends.
An idea is born
Of course the owners of 'classic' motorcycles tuned their bikes back then as best they knew how. They used everything that their time and workshops allowed. But Tom and Pablo had a problem. "Wherever we went we saw the same stuff everywhere - particularly when it comes to BMWs and the Airhead Boxer Motor." That would have to change. So we tried to make things better. We wanted more personality, something more aggressive - something that would make our bikes stand out from the crowd." And so the idea was born.
A diamond is produced
Over a short period of time from the end of 2013 until June 2014, Tom and Pablo set about creating their version of a café racer. The "donor bike" was none other than Tom's beloved R 80 RT. A truly great commitment. And it paid off. As you can see from the images, the result proves their hard work, pure devotion, applied creativity and a new way of thinking. The latter paradoxically arose mainly from the two friends' lack of experience when it comes to motorcycle construction - balanced out by lots of passion. At the same time, the name for their new hobby was found: "Diamond Atelier".
Details on the R 80
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Tom Konecny (21)