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Friday | 04 December, 2020 | 11:23 am

BMW R80 ESG 649

By Mark Koenig

FFJ 1220 custom lead

December 2020 - Polish custom shop Eastern Spirit Garage, under the leadership of Sylwester Mateusiak, took a 1993 BMW R80 ESG 649 that was missing a number of key components and turned it into something radical—three bikes in one. To make that happen, ESG retrofitted the motorcycle with a modular design that would allow the rider to easily reconfigure it in several different ways.

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The restomod was commissioned by a Warsaw-based collector named Marcin. The collector wanted a modular café racer with removable fairings and a swappable seat, but was had enough height for a 6-ft., 5-in.-tall rider, according to Bike Exif. “At the beginning, I created a fairly long tank, then other body parts, a front lamp, fenders, tail, upper fairing, side fairings, all made of [hand-wheeled] aluminum,” Mateusiak said in an interview with Motogen.pl.

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“I built the whole thing so that you can quickly and easily assemble these elements into various configurations, while maintaining full technical functionality and the ability to drive.” In the end, Eastern Spirit Garage created something more than just a perfect café racer. “This was by far the hardest project I have ever undertaken,” said Mateusiak.

Photos: Eastern Spirit Garage

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