1986 BMW R80RT

A couple months ago, Brad Gavigan (@bradgavigan) of POP Nashville asked us to build him a bike on a budget.

He wanted a solid BMW airhead donor as a platform & after searching around, we found a local 1986 BMW R80RT monoshock from our friend Blake Smith over at Nashville Motorcycle Collective.

We wanted to use this build as an opportunity to showcase potential aftermarket parts. This R80RT seemed like a good platform to see what we could do. We kept all the custom parts simple, keeping in mind the garage builder with limited tool access. Every part bolts right on to the stock mounting positions with only a few hand tools.

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First, we started fabricating a new subframe with 1” steel tubing to give the bike a more uniform look and better lines, especially for the monoshock model. Next was a custom aluminum battery box tailored for a lightweight Shorai lithium battery & from there we had a custom seat made to finish the look. We had all bracketry fabricated and painted in house and while the tank color was matched to the “M Powersports” anniversary emblem color by Landon West. Lastly, to set it apart from the pack while keeping to our tight budget, we fabricated in-house a single-sided, stainless steel dual exhaust, which mounts directly to the stock headers.

Photos by Emilia Paré, @emiliapare