The BMW R1200ST was the sport touring version of the venerable big Bavarian boxer — a “long-distance sprinter” sporting a 110-hp flat twin and controversial vertical headlight. Though the bike received high marks for power and comfort, it was not the most nimble beast, with a wet weight of 505 pounds and optional panniers and top box.
Enter Tony Calasso of Milan’s Tony’s Toy Custom Motorcycles, who had the very awesome idea to build “Diabolika” — a lightweight (~400-lb), big-motored BMW supermotard. Tony, a former European World Cup champion, test rider for various publications, and BMW Motorrad riding instructor, was just the man to trim the fat from the big Bavarian sport tourer.
The result is a truly diabolical BMW supermoto — a lightweight, high-powered street weapon that shares little but the engine, clutch, and transmission with the original R1200 platform.
“Diabolika” R1200ST Supermotard: Builder Interview
• Please tell us a bit about yourself, your history with motorcycles, and your workshop.
Tony’s Toy Custom Motorcycles is a brand created by Tony Calasso, former national and international renowned rider. TTCM builds special bikes of every kind and our idea is to have fun and to involve the owner like if the bike were a toy.
• What’s the make, model, and year of the bike?
It is a BMW R1200ST (2005) “The Diabolika”
• Why was this bike built?
For a custom-project and for sale.
• What was the design concept and what influenced the build?
The idea was to build a very light bike (400 lb), very good handling, based on a boxer engine, a kind of BMW supermotard. We tried to make Diabolika very aggressive under every shape.
• What custom work was done to the bike?
Basically everything; just think how the BMW R 1200 ST originally is. The main works concerns the front side of the bike. We removed the telelever and replaced with a handcrafted traditional front frame, traditional suspensions, three years before the Bmw Nine-T.
The tank comes from an Aprilia RXV450 enduro. More in general, except from the engine, clutch, and transmission, none of the parts on the Diabolika belongs to the original bike.
• How would you classify this bike?
• Was there anything done during this build that you are particularly proud of?
I can’t say something in particular…in general, I think, the final result is simply great!
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