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.
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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.