BMW K100 Silverback Gorilla - one of the special "K100" series on Two Wheels Empire - this time made specifically for the German market to get TUV approved. Rigid design, top components and nowhere seen elsewhere - side exhaust for the K100.
We’ve all dreamed about it at some point, handing in our resignation and stepping out into the world on our own to be the one who calls the shots, the boss! Some will make it but most of us, for good or for bad, will remain punching the clock from 9 to 5. From a very young age however, Lithuanian, Matas ‘Matt’ Rinkevičius had two things running through his veins to launch him to success. An entrepreneurial spirit and a deep love of all things motorcycles, so it makes absolute sense his company is called Two Wheels Empire and their latest offering is this beastly BMW K100 known as the Silverback Gorilla.
At just 12 years old Matt was riding scooters and fixing them up before selling them off so he could make his next purchase. By the time he was 16 he had his own eBay store and ever since he’s been involved in the motorcycle industry in a variety of roles, almost always at the same time; as a mechanic, salesman, journalist and racing Supermoto and Motocross. In 2014 he’d risen to be the sales manager of the largest motorcycle dealership in his home country of Lithuania but still, his heart cried out for more.
So after some deep reflection he handed in his notice and set off on a path to building his own motorcycle empire. Now with locations in three countries, the business is a mix of sleek one-off builds, motorcycle merchandise and a range of multimedia solutions for the industry. But success brings compromise too and when a German customer saw Matt’s custom K100 known as Black Mamba, he wanted one exactly the same. Although not thrilled about replicating a path already taken, it was a chance to test their building abilities against Germany’s ultra tough road registration laws.
With the donor BMW at the workshop in Kaunas, it was up onto the lift and time to strip down the 500lb+ flying brick. Such a bulky bike with complex for its time fuel injection, strange engine layout and K series quirkiness is not easy to work on, so getting it down to a bare frame is essential. This allowed Matt to then cut off the subframe and rather than simply add a hoop, the tail is totally transformed with a newly fabbed backside that matches the bikes naturally angular lines. While perched on top is the stunning tail unit and seat combo that can be purchased via the company’s webstore.
To add a sense of lightness to the big girl the centre section is left open, the negative space a result of the removal of the factory air box. Before the big Silverbacks shoulders show off more aggression with the factory tank given subtle changes to bring out its muscular side. On top the factory filler cap is ditched with a new fitment inserted to accept the machined alloy cap for a serious touch of class. To ensure passing Germany’s road test was a breeze, there is a front fender positioned over the tyre with custom drilled mounts, while a number plate holder bolts to the swingarm’s single side.
With the metal work done it was time to get the bike rolling and a beast of the wild can’t have spindly little limbs. So the front forks are thrown away and with new bearings and a steering stem change, a set of modern USD forks from a Suzuki GSXR are bolted into place. The addition provides the sort of braking power that every K bike needs, twin drilled discs that are clamped by Tokico calipers. Very cleverly the factory front wheel is retained, matching the rear item exposed by the swingarm, which is controlled with only the best from Ohlins!
Moving to the engine and Matt has done a great job at making the big four-cylinder engine look like a cohesive part of the entire bike and not a huge lump of ugly metal. All blacked out, the air intake is redesigned with a custom made manifold and pod filter that wraps neatly around the side. To satisfy the road testers the factory exhaust headers remain in place, while a custom box muffler and side exit chrome tip gives the owner the look and the soundtrack they were after. Before bolting the lump back in the wiring loom was torn apart and rebuilt reducing mess and complication.
Here the addition of a full array of Motogadget pieces come to the party with speedo, indicators and control unit adding a serious touch of minimalist style. The headlight design has been well used in the streetfighter world, but it finds its perfect home on the K bike with the angular lines only adding to the muscle. A host of quality custom parts are taken from the shop’s store, like the footpegs, shifter and big dollar Brembo RC19, which all combine with the matte paint to give the brutish Silverback a fearsome presence. With the bike successfully passed for the German streets, Matt and his Two Wheels Empire move on as they add video content creation to their already bulging arsenal, in pursuit of being the King Kong of the custom bike world.
For sale here we have a beautiful pro-build Triumph Truxton "Rumble" - by Two Wheels Empire.
The build was done for the everyday use - durable, good looking and functional. Sounds great with the custom exhaust!
A trully comfy bike to ride and own - one of a kind too!
The bike is available for viewing in Colchester UK, and delivery available throughout Europe.
TwoWheelsEmpire.com has delivered bikes to Portugal, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Chezch Republic and even Switzerland.
About the bike: the donor bike for the project has been in great shape so we went ahead with the build without fully dissasembling the bike.
The wheels have been sandblasted, powdercoated and respoked. The bike has some performance upgrade parts like YSS suspension, LSL handlebar(flat-track style), TEC exhaust, a damper kit, Motogadget motoscope classic speedo with mo.tri relay, m.spy mirrors, front new Bridgestone tyres etc.
Also, the bike has a lot of parts renewed like new battery, new wiring, relayes, throttle cables, brake lines, various screws, oil temperature gauges, ODI bar ends, fork boots, side covers, ignition brackets etc.
The custom parts are the seat, licence plate holder/ speedo bracket/ speedo sensor bracket / turn-signal brackets and of course the paintjob.
The bike underwent a full Carburetor EFI cleaning and adjusting, engine oil and filter change, new brake fluids, new spark plugs, air filters and brake pads.
The bike is all set-up for riding years to come.
The downside of this bike is a small scratch on the left side of the engine cover, and corroded paint on the rear brake master cylinder. That's it!
Apart from that the bike is fully ready to hit the roads.
Contact us for more information about the bike, delivery or custom builds you'd like us to build you.
More about the bike, Two Wheels Empire and builders "The Differs" - Here: https://youtu.be/MxljF0cMs6I?t=172
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1981 BMW R100 ICON
The R100 is breathing new life with it’s high-flow air filters after decades of … well, just being old-school! We saw more to the original R100 and it’s opposite engine. The bike itself begs for being minimalistic with it’s mono-lite ‘out-of-this-world’ engine case. The result we were after was getting a smooth night-rider to glide thought the streets of Stockholm unnoticeably – so we made sure the exhaust was as quite as possible on the low revs, though rougher once on the throttle! What a sound!
The design lines were adjusted dramatically – We loved the retro front fairing look and went for a minimised version of it. The gastank, however, had to go. We went for a small retro-racing look and customized the seat accordingly. And the rest is history – top class components from Motogadget, some fancy tyres and a cool paintjob as a cherry on the top! Sub-zero cool class bike if you’d as us!
LED Motogadget indicators, Motogadget Electrical wiring M-Unit, Motogadget switches and mirror, Highsider read headlight, front 'Daymaker' Headlight, New battery
Custom-made with LED light integrated
Custom front fairing and custom-made holders, Daytona speedometer,customized upper tripple clamps, Custom rear frame, newly refurbished front forks, high-flow air filters, metal-brake hoses,
New Cylinder Head gaskets, new o-rings and seals in the cylinder heads.
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Price not including VAT for buyers as companies. Delivery in all Europe
Powder coated (black)
New wires, new indicators, new headlamp, LED brake light, new control switches
Custom vinyl stickers , wheels in metallic gold.
Nylon-leather with striped stitches, plastic cowl from C-Racer
Biltwell nylon grips, digital KOSO speedometer, aluminium break and clutch levers.
New Maxxis Offroad tyres
Carburetor renovated and tuned, valve and compression tested, engine painted, all new fluids, filters and gaskets.
New chain and sprockets, custom-made number holder, and lots of small sweet details that will make the new owner happy.