Old motorcycles are like gold they age through time, yet are fascinating enough to inspire a creation like this BMW R65 custom scrambler. Built by our Italian friend Frank from Moto Sumisura in Pavia, Italy.
It’s quite obvious to say that Frank has a thing for BMW Motorcycles, this BMW R65 custom scrambler is Frank’s third BMW build featured on Moto Rivista. Crafting motorcycles is something Frank has loved since he was six years old.
The base for this build started out as a 1982 BMW R65, from there the bike went through a disassemble, inspect, clean, adjust and then a reassemble. It took 273 hours of intense labor and client participation to accomplish the result, a one of a kind BMW R65 custom scrambler.
The rear of the stock BMW R65 has been heavily modified to adept the new saddle. The antique green leather based saddle was upholstered by Frank and has been mounted on a thoroughly revised subframe. The front axle and front and rear wheels were replaced with a BMW R 25/5.
All the electrical system was rebuilt to suit the new instrumentation and controls. The handlebars are Rizoma, leavers are motocross 70’s and the grips Beston. I’m glad to see Frank has used minimal chrome mantra on this BMW R65 custom scrambler. The BMW R65 engine, transmission and the fork sliders were nicely brushed to add the right amount of chrome.
The stock fuel tank was replaced with a BMW R 75/5 tank, which has been varnished and transparent painted. The frame is coated in a nice Teflon coating and the aftermarket exhausts are wrapped in thermal tape. Other modifications include a hand fabricated front fender a new Bates headlight and taillight.
The transformation from light touring motorcycle to the BMW R65 custom scrambler is just astonishing, with this build Frank has earned a happy custom and a beautiful machine for his portfolio!