andy roberts photography photographer cafe racer caferacer bmw r80 airhead custom chrome sydney australia ninetynineco ninety nine co weareninetynineco we are ninety nine co weareninetynine.co Andy’s Custom BMW R80 started life in 1984 as BMW’s answer to a full dressed tourer. Fairing panels galore, extended windscreen, extra comfy seat and panniers big enough that you could move house with them. As you can see, it’s now a far cry from the tourer it once was. If you were to categorise it, it would lay somewhere in a melting pot of Brat Style / Tracker / Café Racer with a stance that pays homage to the WWII models that preceded it. It seems fitting that the modifications that were completed when Andy bought it, were all undertaken by a German guy in Melbourne. andy roberts photography photographer cafe racer caferacer bmw r80 airhead custom chrome sydney australia ninetynineco ninety nine co weareninetynineco we are ninety nine co weareninetynine.co This build has a unique blend of beautiful and gritty, starting with the gleaming chrome tank, mixed with the mechanical backdrop of the engine and older components. A raw image of a machine that has withstood the test of time and handled it’s hurdles along the way, it has a modernised feel of Ed Culberson’s “Amigo” R80, which was the first vehicle to cross the Pan-American Highway completely by land. andy roberts photography photographer cafe racer caferacer bmw r80 airhead custom chrome sydney australia ninetynineco ninety nine co weareninetynineco we are ninety nine co weareninetynine.co Save for a master cylinder, aesthetically the whole bike is almost completely symmetrical. andy roberts photography photographer cafe racer caferacer bmw r80 airhead custom chrome sydney australia ninetynineco ninety nine co weareninetynineco we are ninety nine co weareninetynine.co Originally, Andy’s R80 was imported to Tasmania, where it later found it’s way to a new owner in Melbourne who took it back to it’s bare essentials and started the customisation journey from the ground up. Some of the initial modifications include:

• Polished alloy tank
• Chrome headlight
• Lucas tail light & stainless steal rear guard
• Custom seat
• Chopped front guard
• Custom fork brace
• Tarrozi Rear-sets
• Powder coated black wheels
• Twin Brembo front breaks
• Early BMW speedo
andy roberts photography photographer cafe racer caferacer bmw r80 airhead custom chrome sydney australia ninetynineco ninety nine co weareninetynineco we are ninety nine co weareninetynine.co Since taking ownership, Andy has begun to give it a bit of his own flavour adding:
•  Hand built under-seat battery tray (with newer/smaller battery to fit within frame and seat)
•  Tarrozi Rear-Sets brought forward again (bespoke parts) and new Tarrozi pillion pegs added
•  Tracker bars
•  Replaced exhaust mufflers
•  Various other small bits and pieces andy roberts photography photographer cafe racer caferacer bmw r80 airhead custom chrome sydney australia ninetynineco ninety nine co weareninetynineco we are ninety nine co weareninetynine.co It’s always interesting to look at the details of a well maintained bike that has seen a lot of miles. The road worn bodywork with ground in dirty could never be brought back to new without a coat of paint, but the smaller, shinier details are always immaculate. Pressure gauges, o-rings, badges – the chrome and the gloss creates a beautiful contrast in amongst all of that heritage. andy roberts photography photographer cafe racer caferacer bmw r80 airhead custom chrome sydney australia ninetynineco ninety nine co weareninetynineco we are ninety nine co weareninetynine.co andy roberts photography photographer cafe racer caferacer bmw r80 airhead custom chrome sydney australia ninetynineco ninety nine co weareninetynineco we are ninety nine co weareninetynine.co andy roberts photography photographer cafe racer caferacer bmw r80 airhead custom chrome sydney australia ninetynineco ninety nine co weareninetynineco we are ninety nine co weareninetynine.coandy roberts photography photographer cafe racer caferacer bmw r80 airhead custom chrome sydney australia ninetynineco ninety nine co weareninetynineco we are ninety nine co weareninetynine.co Find out more about Andy and his own photography on his Facebook page or follow him in Instagram for more regular instalments. We have a feeling that this is one of those builds that is ‘never finished’ and we look forward to seeing Andy’s additions in the future. andy roberts photography photographer cafe racer caferacer bmw r80 airhead custom chrome sydney australia ninetynineco ninety nine co weareninetynineco we are ninety nine co weareninetynine.co If you have a build that you want to feature, have photographed a build or want to write about one, then drop us a line. We are always looking for fresh and exciting people to join our team.