The seat is a chopped-down R100GS double part, narrowed by 2in to make the bike easier to ride and held in place by a pair of Dzus fasteners. Richard does offer the option of a low seat on his bikes, but this one uses a high seat with the dip filled in to make it flatter and more dirtbike-like. Trimming the saddle is one of the few areas that Richard farmed-out, though he did supply the materials - brilliant white leather for the sides and black suede for the top.
Finally we get to the paintscheme - arguably the bike’s stand-out feature. It’s based on a mid-80s Dakar design and is what Richard describes as ‘the only thing the owner hiccupped at.’ Apparently the thought of having ‘Playboy’ emblazoned on the tank caused a certain amount of consternation though it could’ve been worse - the previous year the factory machines were sponsored by Penthouse and had the magazine’s logo written large right across their tanks! Petro-chemical company Elf also backed the Dakar BMWs in the ‘80s and this design was also considered but the Playboy graphics eventually got the thumbs-up. And we reckon the decision was spot-on!
The bike’s frame is powder-coated white, whilst all of the areas of flouro red had to be done in two-pack paint. It’s the same colour as used on Dyno-Rod vans, though Richard ensured that a UV-protector was mixed into the paint so that it didn’t fade in the sun.
On the Money
‘C’mon then, what did it cost?’ I quizzed, fully expecting a hefty pricetag. ‘You really want to know?’ Richard countered. ‘18 and a half grand.’
To be honest, I was expecting more. That price does include the bike used as a base and given the amount of development and the number of hours that’ve gone into it, not to mention the better-than-factory finish and attention to what many would consider insignificant details, it doesn’t seem unreasonable. This is a highly tuned one-off special, designed to perform. The form is stunning, but it’s highly functional too.
Bike number ten is currently sat on his workbench, and its owner has set Richard a slightly smaller budget. Sure, it’s being built to the same exacting standard, but the motor won’t be quite so potent. I guess it could be described as something of a ‘Marlboro Lite’…
Thanks to the bike’s owner for allowing us to feature it, to his father for making it available, and to Geoff at Sywell Country Park for his help with the photo location.
If you fancy a well-tweaked early BMW, or Yamaha Tenere, Richard can be contacted on 01604 715924 or 07789 191355. You can visit he Moorespeed website, www.moorespeed.co.uk