Kafe Tourer

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!

Next Actions


Rolling gear

  • …?


  • 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)
  • GPS
  • 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.
Glenn J. Mason
Cloud + Data Geek / Coder / Futurist