In collaboration with BMW Motorrad France, Paris-based custom house Praëm has decided to turn the BMW S 1000 RR into a classic, endurance racing motorcycle. Endurance racing is very special considering motorcycles and riders are pushed to the limit over six-, eight-, 12- and 24 hours. While speed is important in endurance racing, reliability is much more important.
Run by Sylvain and Florent Berneron, Praëm is well known for its beautiful 1970s and 80s-inspired endurance racing machines, so this is what makes this collaboration even more special.
The brothers applied the very best of endurance race-styling to the 1,000 cc inline-four from BMW first by stripping off the entire factory-spec panels and replaced them with fitting hand-made panels. The tail-piece features a large round cut-out, specific to many endurance motorcycles. Anodised aluminum hose fitting, Sparco-type blue hoses and the large weld seam on the tank are just some of the visual upgrades.
The color scheme is a homage to the first BMW Art Car, the Alexander Calder BMW 3.0 CSL that raced in the 1975 24 Hours of Le Mans.
A full Akrapovič exhaust system with custom muffler adds a few extra horses and the Rotobox carbon wheels have shed some unsprung weight – 5kg/11lbs.
The finished result is a blend of retro aesthetics and modern technology which unfortunately is not available for sale. Praëm and BMW Motorrad France will showcase the custom bike at various shows around the world.