The RnineT customs notwithstanding (they’re super pretty too, but there’s just something about a classic 1100 oilhead), this thing is gorgeous from far away, and unlike a lot of customs, only gets better the closer you look.
Scrambler: Close Port
Reportedly, the toughest part of the build was refinishing the wheels – the stainless spokes had galled to the aluminum wheels after two decades of wear, and the resultant seized spokes took three days of work with a torch to remove.
The original turn signals hung off the front subframe, and have been replaced with Motogadget m-Blaze Pin LED turn signals which integrate seamlessly, indeed almost invisibly, into the headlight mount bracket. The Daytona instrument housing looks original (but, of course, isn’t).
Scrambler: Front Port
The bike is the handiwork of Red Hot Chili Customs out of Poland. The bike keeps most of its original GS capability but lost weight and it’s now in contention for the most beautiful R11GS in existence (most of you would say that is not a tough contest, but they sure were capable machines in their day!).
Scrambler: Front Starboard
The gas tank is not original, and fans of the marque might recognize it as an RnineT tank. The headlight is off of a Yamaha SR500, though predictably the shop had to fab a custom bracket for it, since the original front subframe has been entirely deleted.
Scrambler: Rear Side
RHCC modded the original GS rear subframe to evoke an old-school scrambler soft luggage rack. The R nine T tank accommodates the bike's original ABS system underneath so that remains. You may think they’re aftermarket but the shop simply bobbed the original front and rear fenders and reinstalled (it’s a bear to find an aftermarket fender to fit around that telelever front suspension setup, let me
If you look closely at all of these incredible pictures, you’ll see the bike has kept its bones: the original engine, frame, suspension, and final drive remain. RHCC has refreshed, cleaned up, painted or powdercoated pretty much everything, though.