Boasting a noticeably rectangular design, the BMW K100 is widely known for its comfort, reliability and sturdiness. The bike’s engine concept was then bought from PSA Peugeot, as it was pretty much just a car engine flipped 90 degrees to the left, then retooled by BMW to fit in a motorcycle.
Ultimately with the K100, BMW was aiming to bridge the gap between Japan’s early four-cylinder bikes and its boxer engine builds, with the K100 welcoming a full fairing, four-cylinder engine that produced nearly 100 bhp. The motorcycle became particularly popular among older individuals seeking comfort and protection.
For their custom creation, Impuls sought out to strip the K100 down, thus highlighting the key design elements of the original. Gatermann in turn applied his modern reinterpretations to the bike, leaving the raw essentials of the BMW exposed. After creating a 3D model of the build, and calculating the polygons, the artist drew the polygons back onto the vehicle with ink, accounting for a new fusion between art and motorcycles.
Impuls and Fabian Gatermann’s K101 has been released in three units, two of which have already sold. The final iteration is for sale here.
For more, Hey You! Films presents a visual highlighting the build process of the K101.
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- Images: Philipp Wulk