Bavarian Bruiser from the Boot Heel of Italy!
“Not Ordinary Bikes.” That’s the motto of southeast Italy’s Alea Motorcycles, based in the town of Presicce — located right at the heel of the boot of Italy! Recently, they reached out with this 1998 BMW R1100R build. While this 80-hp oilhead made a wonderful touring bike, it was never much of a looker in stock trim and somewhat ungainly in the twisties…plus it had over two decades on the clock. The customer wanted a roadster — shorter, lighter, and keener to the eye.
The result is a brutal Bavarian roadster that must be a bundle of fun on the coastal roads of the Italian boot. Below, we get the full story on the build!
Custom BMW R1100R: Builder Interview
• Please tell us a bit about yourself, your history with motorcycles, and your workshop.
We are a workshop and we work on our own bikes or on those of private owners who want a custom bike. The owner of this bike wanted something more short, friendly, light and stylish. This BMW R1100R, with 20 years and a lot of kilometers behind it, got a new future.
• What’s the make, model, and year of the bike?
BMW R1100R of 1998.
• Why was this bike built?
This is a project made for a private customer needs.
• What was the design concept and what influenced the build?
The concept is started to make a roadster bike, with a more forward loaded setting and a short tail to free the rear wheel.
• What custom work was done to the bike?
All the back frame is homemade with the double seats, the exhaust system is totally revised. All the front of the bike is a brand new project, slim and simple.
• How would you classify this bike?
We think is a elegant roadster/streetfighter.
• Was there anything done during this build that you are particularly proud of?
We are very proud of the final results because is a very difficult bike to work on.