110 by VTR Customs

I started this website because I love motorcycles. And by saying that, I mean EVERY motorcycle, not only a particular brand or type. I really don’t care if it’s powerful or weak, built for the street or dirt… as long as it’s got two wheels and an engine I want to have a go. But even I have to admit that there are a few models out there that regularly test my unconditional love. BMW’s K100 is one of these types. I can’t really tell why because other models that look far more awkward manage however to gather my attention, but a K? I don’t know. Maybe it’s got something to do with childhood memories, when I saw the squares in my neighborhood come home from office on a K while our garage was crowded with my elder brothers’ racy Japanese four-pots. Never mind, it’s highly unlikely that a K will find its way into my garage anytime soon.

But to everyone’s delight, our beloved new custom scene regularly turns its attention to new horizons and builders come up with underestimated or once belittled models only to smash biased opinions. Just remember the fabulous Honda CX’s that popped up over the last 18 months if you can’t follow. And now, it looks as if BMW’s woeful K is the next big thing. I have to admit that a few quite pleasant examples emerged from workshops lately, but still not enough to turn that sordid, flying brick stone into an option for me. But there’s one detail I’ve always liked on the K, and that’s these odd alloy wheels. To be honest, I even think they look pretty good in black. And since I’ve always loved classic rocket-style cowls, you can imagine where this will end by looking at the pictures, can't you?

Dani Weidmann and his bunch from VTR Customs co-operated with Swiss boat builder Boesch for this 110 named BMW. Boesch manufactures fabulous mahogany boats since the early twenties, just think Clark Gable and Audrey Hepburn on Venice’s Canale Grande in the Sixties and you get the picture. VTR’s idea was to transmit that elegance into their…K100!

They started by shaping the torpedo-like front cowl from alloy before manufacturing the short tail from the same material. This had to be short and low in order to diminish the large bulk of the BMW’s rear frame. In combination with the gas tank, the fairing as well as the handmade side covers, a slight forward-leaning look is achieved.

But nevertheless, the wood applications turned out to be the major challenge for this build. Since handmade alloy parts are never even to a 100%, Domenic Roner from Boesch was at the brink of despair. But finally, after lots of swearing and customizing, the wood shines like hell with its 15 layers of clear coat. The question about the cost of this procedure is addressed with elegant restraint by Dani Weidmann.

A visit to a vintage Jaguar exhibition helped finding the right color. That’s how the 110 ended up in a deep blue combined with ebony white. The brown leather seat by Yves Knobel, the brushed aluminum as well as the hand-painted decals by Johanna Vogelsang blend in perfectly.

Since VTR Customs wants to equip every single build with a hint to Swiss watchmaking, they handed the voltmeter over to their preferred watchmaker Zeitgeist in order to get an individual face. Boesch helped completing the look by sending over original boat switches from the seventies, chrome hooks as well as a 110 logo cut out in their signature typeface.

The fat tires as well as the handmade exhaust system complete the picture.

Here are the tech-specs:

  • Donor bike: BMW K100 RT, Baujahr 1985
  • Handmade aluminum gas tank, tail section, side covers and cowl fairing
  • Handmade wood parts by Domenic Roener from Boesch Boats Switzerland
  • Handmade seat by Yves Knobel
  • OEM BMW wheels
  • Firestone De Luxe 4.50 x 18 tire in the front , Lester 5.50 x 17 tire in the back
  • Magura HC1 brake pump, OEM BMW discs
  • Modified Unit Garage exhaust
  • Engine, drive and gearbox OEM BMW
  • OEM BMW fork
  • ABM Vario Clip handlebars
  • Motogadget Motoscope Mini speedo
  • Voltmeter by Zeitzone Zürich
  • Classic switches by Boesch Classic Boats
  • VTR Customs Monza gas cap
  • Paint by Paint Shop Freuler in Benken
  • Decals by Johanna Vogelsang

The 110 is for sale for 39.000CHF, but its new owner has to agree by contract that the bike will be shown at the BMW Days in Garmisch as well as this year’s Glemseck 101. Now guess what I would gladly roll into my garage if I had 39.000CHF lying around…

Get more information on VTR Custom’s WEBSITE or FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM pages.

Pictures by Andri Margadant /

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