John Camara of Austin’s Expressmoto Design has an ideal pedigree for a custom bike builder. He’s been riding and racing both on- and off-road bikes for nearly four decades, reaching the upper classes of the East Coast Enduro Association (ECEA), and he’s also a sculptor who employs concrete, steel, polyester resin, and trick automotive finishes to create “fluid, moving visual form.”
If that doesn’t sound like an ideal combination for a custom builder, nothing does. Today we’re proud to present his 1985 BMW K100 “Jetfighter,” a cafe/streetfighter hybrid that defies definition. He’s taken the four-cylinder K100, affectionately known as the “Flying Brick,” and created a machine that looks as good as it goes. We’ll let him give you the full story.
BMW K100 Streetfighter: In the Builder’s Words
Although I’ve been around bikes for most of my life, I’ve just recently got involved in the custom bike business. There are two types of bikes I’m interested in building: My own sort of streetfighter, which is a bit less Brutale and a bit more smooth design, and a connoisseur-class sportbike using unique engines. All with handmade chassis and metal bodywork.
My first bike is my ’85 BMW K100 Jetfighter. The flyscreen and the one piece seat/tail/undertank piece is my own handmade metalwork. The color is Lamborghini orange/gold pearl. The bike will be in Austin’s Handbuilt Motorcycle Show on MotoGP weekend next month, so I hope to get some visibility.
I’ve also started a blog that will include a varied range of material concerning style, technical and bike scene/trends. I plan on doing another K100 in a super futuristic design featuring a one piece fairing/tank and tail section.
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