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Jeff Veraldi’s BMW K100 Cafe Racer

This Is A Dark And Sleek BMW K100 Custom

Jeff Veraldi’s awesome BMW K100 Cafe Racer is more than just a motorcycle; it’s a labor of love that got him on the road to recovery after a life changing accident. Halfway through the build, Jeff sustained a serious back injury whilst racing off-road trucks; this time, it seems the bike was responsible for putting the mechanic back together, rather than the other way around.

BMW K100 Cafe Racer 1

Veraldi is far more suited to building racing cars but after a seeing the potential of customizing a motorcycle from countless TV shows, he turned his attention to a two –wheeler and in this case, he chose the Flying Brick. This particular BMW K100 custom dates back to 1984 and was chosen for it’s quality Brembo brakes, Bosch electronics package and Fichtel and Sachs forks – 1984 is also his year of birth but that’s just a coincidence…apparently. As a four-wheel specialist, the inline four, alternator and shaft drive particularly appealed to Veraldi and the project began.

BMW K100 Cafe Racer 2

If you’re familiar with the original K100, you’ll know that it was a pretty heavy and clunky looking thing; remove all of the plastic and the dead weight and you’ll actually find a decent frame and engine underneath, perfect for a powerful café racer. The major modifications include a custom back end including an in-house engineered sub-frame and tailpiece, and the fact that the bike has been lowered a little bit too.

BMW K100 Cafe Racer 3

Engine wise, Veraldi sensibly left it well alone, save for a few replacements; the 998cc engine was in good working order, with barely 18,000 miles on the clock and only the fuel pump needed replacing. More importantly though, you’ll just be able to see the hint of an exhaust pipe creeping out from underneath the machine; it’s a custom stainless job, short and sweet, and damn cool to look at too – if you can see it.

BMW K100 Cafe Racer 4

Veraldi also called BMW in to update the front forks and fit them with progressive springs; the rear shock was dealt with by RAM from the UK who know a thing or two about engineering things to perfection.

BMW K100 Cafe Racer 5

Up front, we have a lot of the usual café racer stylings, all save for the lead role – there ain’t no clip ons to be had here. Instead, the custom bolt on bars add a slightly different dimension to the front end. Of course, no café project is without the minimal instrumentation; this lonely display is a combined GPS, tacho and speedo.

BMW K100 Cafe Racer 6

Finally, Veraldi decided to mount the side stand on the right instead, to stop oil from draining into the cylinders and to properly display that single sided swing arm.

What we like about this custom build is that fact that Jeff Veraldi rides this bike. It’s not a show piece, it’s a day to day runner. And it’s not just a machine either – the whole project got him back on his feet. They said he may never ride again; seven months later, he rode away on this. Bike therapy – it’s the way forward!

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Joe Appleton
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I’ve done a bit of work here and there in the industry – I’ve even ridden a few bikes for actual money but what it comes down to is this: I ride bikes, build bikes and occasionally crash ‘em too. I like what I like but that certainly doesn’t make my opinion any more valid than yours…

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