The BMW K100 “Flying Brick” represented a significant design leap for BMW Motorrad, who’d long been known for their flat-twin “airhead” engine design. The K100, in contrast, was a fuel-injected, liquid-cooled inline four laid flat in the frame — a design that benefited from the company’s deep expertise in building fuel-injected, overhead cam automobile engines. The K100 engine offered serious punch for the era — 95 horsepower — capable of pushing the 537-lb sport tourer to 137 mph.
Enter Paul Fill of @Kustom_Moto. an experienced track rider who turned to bike-building after a serious injury put an end to his track days some half a decade ago. Previously, we featured Paul’s Yamaha XS650 brat / tracker and BMW K100 street scrambler. Not a man to sit on his laurels, Paul is back with the “Hurricane” — a BMW K100 cafe racer loaded with tons of trick parts. Below, we get the full story on the build.
Flying Brick Cafe Racer: Builder Interview
• Please tell us a bit about yourself, your history with motorcycles, and your workshop.
My name is Paul and this is my forth build. I have previously built a Yamaha XS650 Tracker, a couple of BMW K100 Café Racers (one scrambler style) — both previously featured, and many others!
• What’s the make, model, and year of the bike?
BMW K100, 1986.
• Why was this bike built?
• What was the design concept and what influenced the build?
I built this bike for a regular customer who lets me have a free reign on the design concept.
• What custom work was done to the bike?
S1000RR front end, One-off Leather seat, Supermoto Tyres, Motogadget M Lock, Custom Frame, Wider Rear Wheel, BSK Exhaust and lots more trick stuff!
• Does the bike have a nickname?
“The Hurricane Bike”
• How would you classify this bike?
• Was there anything done during this build that you are particularly proud of?
I love the huge 55mm gold forks and big gold Brembos, they look “right” on this kind of chunky bike! I always put 100% into my builds, quality is absolutely key to everything.