One Man’s Vision – A Swiss re-interpretation of a 1997 BMW R1100GS

1997 BMW R1100GS, looks straight from the movie set of Mad Max

1997 BMW R1100GS, looks straight from the movie set of Mad Max

We met Patrick last Saturday when a friend, Rick D., brought him and traveling companion Anne to  breakfast.

Patrick and Anne are traveling from Switzerland and have been on the road for some 20 months.  Patrick, who, when I asked him his last name, replied, “it’s a secret”, and Anne have ridden through most of Europe, Mongolia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia to name a few countries, and now working their way through North America.

Patrick has, to put it politely, ‘customized’ his 1997 BMW R1100GS.  The inspiration for this unique piece of rolling sculpture was crash in Thailand.  Patrick loves the freedom of being able to artistically festoon his GS in such an outlandish manner. “I couldn’t do this in my country (Switzerland) or in Germany”, said the world traveler to a large gathering of club members of the Black Gold Beemers motorcycle club in Edmonton last night.  “The police (there) would stop me, for sure”, he told the group.

To hell with Corbin, Sargeant, Russel and all those other aftermarket saddles. THIS is a custom saddle!

To hell with Corbin, Sargeant, Russel and all those other aftermarket saddles. THIS is a custom saddle!

Now THAT'S a custom speedometer

Now THAT’S a custom speedometer

Loaded for world travel. I couldn't tell if that was the exhaust sticking up or an air intake

Loaded for world travel. I couldn’t tell if that was the exhaust sticking up or an air intake

God is in the details, right? A decorative skull is one of the many little pieces that make this BMW one interesting conversation piece

God is in the details, right? A decorative skull is one of the many little pieces that make this BMW one interesting conversation piece

Examine this unique R1100GS and you begin to be overwhelmed with the ‘little’ details.

Here’s a decorative skull mounted to the brake fluid reservoir.  There’s barb wire, two lengths of chain at the front of the bike that look like a mini moose catcher (borrowed from a Yamaha.)

The front signal lights are recycled tops cut from throw away drinking bottles with the screw caps still in place.

Oh, and the custom saddle.  Forget about your fancy Corbin, Sargeant an Russel megabuck saddles.  This leather equestrian saddle is superbly comfortable, according to the owner.

Moto philosophy

Moto philosophy

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Little of the GS's real estate is left untouched

Little of the GS’s real estate is left untouched

There's a use for barb wire. I never expected to see one on a motorcycle

There’s a use for barb wire. I never expected to see one on a motorcycle.  It’s a headlight protector

What can we say?

What can we say?

Patrick aboard his custom BMW R1100GS

Patrick aboard his custom BMW R1100GS

Patrick says his 1997 R1100GS has some 280,000 kilometres on it.

Along with his companion Anne, they’re heading from Edmonton to Alaska.

We wish these intrepid world adventurers a safe and happy journey!

Bon chance, Patrick and Anne!!

We love your style!

 

2 Comments

  1. motomama says:

    P & A! good to see how others react… we just think you are normal abnormal! have a good winter and keep your beef! L&R from home

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