By Ian Solley
I have always loved BMW Boxers, such solid and purposeful bikes. After spending so much time on Harleys I also really wanted to make something different. I picked up the base bike a 1982 R80 on Ebay for £1350, which had been restored by the original owners’ son – to an excellent standard.
So it was pulled apart, and the bits we wanted kept and cleaned up – the engine, drive, tank, exhausts and controls. A new frame was made by Dave Batchelar at P&D and he cut down the tank and fabricated the new sides and fenders. The star of the bike is the new 23″ snowflake wheels by Steve Taylor. All the bits were then painted and polished and put together back at base with Richard Taylor. Paint is by Keith Baker, and the ROMEO 80 design by Paul Leeson.
This is the latest build and is part of a move to build older style bikes using as much as possible from the old bike or what can be sourced cheaply to get a great value build.