If you grew up between your older siblings’ 80ies Superbikes and your playroom was wallpapered with posters of Freddie Spencer and Wayne Rainey instead of rockets or warbirds, you inevitably grow a soft spot for these big bikes such as a Honda Bol d’Or, a Suzuki GSX or a Kawa Z 1000. Even the first, bulky GSX-R’s remind you of spectators wearing colorful down jackets and silly bonnets. Eventually, years later, you get the chance to ride one of these heavyweights and you recognize Freddie, Wayne and the other blokes must have had very big … arms to circle these things around the bends.
But you don’t give up so easily on your childhood heroes, don’t you? So eventually, some more years later, you find yourself sitting on one of these old bikes but this time you’re riding the jazzed up version. You have torn a modern upside-down fork, decent brakes and shocks of a crashed donor bike and bolted it to Moby Dick. Indeed, the bike now has something approaching the term suspension and depending of the tear-off-and-bolt-on job mentioned before you gave that thing a whole lot of extra boost. But if you ride a motorcycle it usually doesn’t take too long before the first corner appears and now the fancy brakes and suspensions can’t hide a shitty frame that feels as if someone in Hamamatsu or Tokyo had bended it out of paper clips.
We will never find out if someone at BMW Motorrad France made the same experience but they approached the subject, in cooperation with Sylvain and Florent Berneron from PRAËM, the other way around. They gave the two brothers a brand new BMW S 1000 RR in order to transform it into a rolling homage to these big superbikes of the eighties.
At PRAËM they started with an asymmetric top yoke just like the ones used on endurance bikes at that era. The original gas tank has been reworked and stretched while the new tail section and seat cowl are fabricated in the spirit of our childhood’s poster bikes. The battery has been fitted into the tail section and remains easily accessible. Further reminiscences to the world of motorcycle racing have been implemented such as the filler-neck by Staubli, Rotobox carbon fiber wheels coupled to carbon fiber-ceramic brakes, an endurance-style radiator, slicks and adjustable rear-sets by BMW Performance HP. Titanium headers leading into a Werks USA muffler ensure a sound matching the look.
The bike’s tech specs remain stock despite its focus on racing history. Nevertheless, performance is increased due to a new mapping coming with the exhaust and a significant weight reduction. The PRAËM S 1000 RR weighs 184 kilos with a full tank and ready to ride.
The semi-matt paint job, done in collaboration with Derestricted, is inspired by classic racing liveries while the choice of colors can be understood as a nod to Alexander Calder’s BMW Art Car.
After several custom bike projects with well-known workshops (Blitz Motors, Roland Sands, Krugger, Deus Ex Machina, Cherrys Company or Bratstyle, just to name a few) the guys from BMW Motorrad clearly had a focus on performance and PRAËM seems to have nailed it.
And I’m pretty sure this bike has the look of the old heroes but doesn’t trigger cold sweat in every corner.
More info can be found here, on PRAËM’s website.
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