We’re big fans of vintage BMW customs, and this R65 scrambler, “MAG01”–the first official build from Meat and Grease of Antwerp, Belgium–immediately jumped out of the crowd.
Founder Paul Meys says he started Meat and Grease as a way to do something physical, given that he works in IT, and the name bears tribute to two of his interests: motorcycles and meat. So far, that’s looking to be a delicious combo.
The base bike is a BMW R65RT. The RT was not an official production model, but rather a fully faired edition used by many police forces and touring enthusiasts. The fairings were dealer-installed. The R65 itself was produced from 1978 to 1985. The 648cc “airhead” boxer engine offered 44-50 horsepower, depending on the year, and the 455-lb bike could hit 0-60 in 5.8 seconds. Riders praise the bike’s nimble handling.
We’ll let Paul explain the details.
MAG01: Details and Build
Normally working in IT, we wanted something to do something totally different.
After 2 years of research and testing we started our first official build. It was a lot of fun & mediation 😉
We used a R65RT as a donor to build this scrambler.
– The wheels & frame are blasted & again newly powdercoated. ( new bearings in the front wheel )
– The tank was also blasted & painted, re-coated
– All fluids have been replaced ( engine, swingarm, tranny, forks, .. )
– A new rear shock will be added. ( not yet visible in the pictures. )
– New subframe/seat/heidenau tyres/lights/indicators/…
– No CPU inside! ?