This custom BMW R100RT is not the fastest custom bike we’ve seen this year but in this case, speed is absolutely irrelevant because this bike looks just stunning. The Desert sled was built by a small custom garage in Cape Town, South Africa and the goal was to build something that’s very aesthetically driven. Well, Steven Pitt and his guys succeeded.
As garage manager Steven Pitt puts it, „Our philosophy on bike builds is always to make the bike better, but be very aesthetically driven. We try to always reference South African culture as a center point of each bike; drawing from the very diverse influence history has had on our country. Hence the Afrikaans or Xhosa names we give to the bikes. Being all the way down here at the tip of Africa, we believe that this approach is a contributing factor to how we can differentiate ourselves from everyone else. After all, bikes have a soul, why not give each one a personality as well.”
„Our vision was to build an angry sounding Desert sled styled Beemer, for our annual trip up to The Kalahari Speed week, where our video was filmed. But, also something equally at home in and around Cape Town City” he continues.
The Desert sled is based on a 1979 BMW R100RT. First, they removed the standard fairing, then chopped the subframe and modified the frame in various points until they were able to obtain real 70’s scrambler bike’s lines. The tank’s colors create a contrast with the bike’s vintage line but the mix of classic and aggressive is perfectly coherent with the histrionic personality of the brat biker. The tires are TKC and Metzler Enduro.
Other new parts include a new indicators, speedo, cables, seat, rims, while the tank was re-coated inside and illustrated by hand.
Source: Los Muertos Motorcycles