Ludovic Lazareth has made a name for himself in France with extreme car and motorcycle customs. How about a Mini pickup powered by a 3.5-liter Range Rover engine? A trike with a Ferrari V8 under the hood? Or a custom Yamaha FZR1000 with Tron-style bodywork and a supercharger bolted on? Monsieur Lazareth has a wild imagination—and the engineering skills to match.
This BMW R1200R custom is the latest vehicle to roll out of the Annecy-le-Vieux workshop. And although it may look pretty wild to us, by Lazareth’s standards, it’s a very low-key build.
It was commissioned by a French client who wanted a ‘neo-retro scrambler.’ And the result is more than some high pipes and a new set of knobblies: According to Jean-Thomas Mayer, one of Lazareth’s young designers, “We kept only the engine and the Paralever suspension at the rear.” The tubular chassis is new, and the stock Telelever front suspension has been replaced by Yamaha YZF-R6 sportbike forks—widened to accommodate the chunky Continental Twinduro tires.
According to Jean-Thomas Mayer, one of Lazareth’s designers, the bike is, “Not horizontal like a café racer, but more dynamic. We kept only the engine and the Paralever suspension at the rear.”
Lazareth replaced the BMW R1200R frame and with a new tubular chassis and shortened the seat and tail unit.
They also changed the stock Telelever front suspension with inverted forks from a Yamaha YZF-R6 sportsbike and added two 320mm diameter front discs coupled with 4-piston calipers. The machine also features spoked wheels and fat Continental Twinduro tires and a large front headlight
The 110hp boxer engine is hooked up to an Ixil exhaust system with two short and stubby aluminum mufflers. The cockpit is kept to the barest with just a analog speedometer and few lights, and there are small bar-end mirrors.
Lazareth is ready to produce 10 of these neo-retro scramblers with other colors and options available.
The BMW R1200R is a sweet motorcycle when you get it stock, boasting serious cornering chops, classic looks, and a supremely comfortable riding experience. Ludovic Lazareth’s latest custom build, though, turns the BMW R1200R into an entirely new beast.
Commissioned by a French client who wanted a “neo-retro Scrambler,” the bike can be accurately described as a cross between a Scrambler and a cafe racer, combining modern elements with undeniably retro touches. The bike’s dynamic is shifted entirely forward, using a truncated seat/tail unit to make the profile even more pronounced.
The Lazareth BMW R1200R is quite a drastic makeover for the source motorcycle, with the 100-hp engine and the paralever suspension being two of the few parts kept from the original. It gets a new tubular chassis, new widened Yamaha YZF-R6 sportbike forks, chunky Continental Twinduro tires, and a new Ixil exhaust with dual sculpted aluminum mufflers. The cockpit has been stripped down to the bare essentials, as well, with just one analog speedometer, mirrors at the ends of the handlebar, and a few lights.
You can check out a whole load of pictures of the Lazareth BMW R1200R from Custom Auto Moto’s official website. While there, you may want to explore the crew’s other projects, some of which definitely up the ante on wild and crazy compared to this custom build.
Source - bikeexif.com, coolthings.com
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