PRAËM – the company responsible for this beautifull bespoke build – wanted to take the concept of “racing heritage” to the next level, suggesting to BMW Motorrad a project based on the motorcycle that revolutionized the world of motorsport back in 2009. Inspired by endurance Suzuka 8 Hour bikes from the 1970s and 1980s, the custom shop set on creating the ultimate speed bike.
The BMW S1000RR was originally developed to compete in the 2009 Superbike World Championship, for homologation purposes they produced 1000 road going versions of the model in the same year but due to overwhelming public demand they began a full production calendar for the bike from 2010 onwards.
It might sound outrageous, a BMW bike modeled to look as an early 80s Suzuka racer, but the end result is fascinating, with each body element stripped down, re-engineered and re-modeled to achieve a lighter overall weight. The first order of business was the removal of the stock fairing, tank, seat, and rear cowling, along with all associated lights and electronics. It was decided early on not to modify the race-tuned front and rear suspension as it would likely not improve anything and would lead to legal issues when road registering the bike.
The fuel tank was rebuilt in aluminium to lengthen it and accommodate the Stäubli endurance-style quick-fill fuel cap system. The seat and rear cowling was fabricated by hand and a new higher-flow titanium Akrapovič exhaust was added with a single exit on the right hand side. A new set of Rotobox carbon wheels replaced the stock units, saving 5 kgs of unsprung weight, and a matching set of Sicom carbon-ceramic brakes were fitted to enhance stopping power and reduce brake fade during longer races.
PRAËM have said they’re able to build customer versions but the donor bike will need to be shipped to France for the work – no kits will be offered as the assembly is just too complex and getting it wrong could lead to equipment failure.
Visit the PRAËM website for more info.