Ah, Motorcycles, how I love thee. I’ve got a few ideas about my motorbike restoration job, and have decided that I need to separate “planning” from “action” – so here is the dreamline, whilst the build log can live elsewhere in the projects space<.
Some time ago, I bought a 1990 BMW K100LT for a bit of a camping tour down south, culminating in a weekend at the MotoGP on Philip Island. It was fun, the bike ran well, but I couldn’t help but wonder about doing a restoration/conversion on it…
I imagined the “Kafe Tourer”: a stripped back cafe-racer minimal fairing, round headlight, hand-stitched flat leather seat, colour-matching hard panniers, pipe-wrap, immaculately detailed engine block. Of course, I didn’t do anything about it (beyond research) and haven’t been able to justify the time and money required to pull such a thing off, but I live in hope!
- hand-stitched seat
- matching hard panniers
- chromed rear rack
- maybe a little hipster pipe-wrap
- Orientation/lean/acceleration sensor(s)
- twin (3d) fisheye cameras
- audio pickup (under seat)
- telemetry: gears, speedometer, odometer, tachometer
- brake and throttle sensors
- “traffic cam”
- HUD in fairing:
- satnav, speedo, gear indicator, tacho
- keyless start
- biometrics: HR, breathing, temperature, etc.