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Motorcycles September, 17 2013

1979 BMW R45 Custom

Part-time builder Louis Nel builds custom motorcycles out of his South African garage; this 1979 BMW R45 is one of them. A testament to his passion, this 1979 BMW R45 is his first commercial build — all others have been personal projects. Nel began by shortening the sub frame and fabricating a new seat. After covering the new seat in brown leather, Nel replaced the plastic air box and the engine covers with traditional “peanut” covers.

7 Metal West supplied the fenders and Nel fitted a PIAA headlight up front, with Posh indicators and rear light. The bars are from Renthal and have white Posh barrel grips. Stock BMW mirrors and a Motogadget Mini speedometer keep things legal, while SuperTrapp mufflers provide the excitement.

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