Just as the stock BMW R Series is surely about to become extinct thanks to ever wilder and more creative builds there still remains an appetite for a more simple look. Perhaps this brat-café style could be called traditional. Anyway, what’s not traditional is the origin of this bike, Austria. A nation not so often associated with customs in recent years but NCT Motorcycles was born out of an unbridled passion to turn a hobby into a business.

Founder David Widmann worked in steel manufacturing for five years prior to setting up NCT in a humble 30 square metre workshop in Kärnten, which recently grew to a much larger facility and in 2016 the launch party of this new building attracted over 1000 guests. 35 bikes later, including some standout showstoppers, David and his team are flat out  – Mario (workshop manager & mechanic), Manuel (panel beater & bodyshop), Philipp (painter & panel beater) and Felix (Marketing & Organization). This summer the guys came to Bike Shed London 2017 with two stunning builds and we’re expecting to see a lot more from them soon.

But it’s not all whiz-bang show ponies, NCT customers often just want a clean and neat conversion, like this R 100 RT from 1995, found by the owner on German eBay. These days pro shops don’t take chances and usually always strip everything right back to basics – bearings out of frames and engine cases split. So that’s what this example was subjected to.

In a slight change from the dead-flat seat of bratted boxers an angled subframe was formed and welded into place, rather than the easier bolt-on approach. The saddle is upholstered in proper leather and features an all important lip at the front to cloak the considerable gap under the stock fuel tank.

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