This wasn't a build driven simply by aesthetics, the 1981 BMW R65 'Valkyrie' needed to be highly functional to fit in with Cafe Racer Obsessions bike building ethic. Weight reduction and nimble handling were paramount as the list of chosen components attests. Donor parts came from various makes and models built by Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha and Japanese suspension experts Showa were chosen as the source for the Beemers suspension upgrades.
CRO fabricated a stiffer subframe for the bike to allow the fitment of a Michelin 170 rear tyre and convert the bike from double shocks to a single Showa Mono Shock. The rear set pegs were also built in house to complete the Cafe Racer esque riding position along with the Valkyrie's custom seat which incorporates a foam bum stop. The grey and red paint scheme on the Valkyrie is the perfect finish for what I would happily label as a Cafe Racer, but as opinions always seem to vary I will let you be the judge.
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