BMW R80 Cafe Fighter "Be Good or Be Gone" by Tattoo Moto


Like a phoenix rising from the ashes this BMW R80 came back to life after a small accident. It all started when one of the members of  Tattoo Moto, fell to the ground while driving the "Brafe Cafe Racer", a BMW R80.   Luckily for everyone, "Bob" was unhurt, but his prized R80 was damaged.

The key to the jacked up Hot Rod styling is the monster 3″ lift on the rear tank mount, it gives the BMW a whole new aggressive nose down stance. To accommodate the tank position a new subframe needed to be fabricated and after the team had made a scale mock-up the matching seat was left in the hands of Ian Halcott of Café Racer Seat and Tank. He fabricated the aluminium pan and his wife, Carolyn, worked her magic on the custom leather seat.

Since the change was radical Tattoo Moto decided to put aside the elegant dark color that had the old transformation and give a 180 degree turn. Color BMW Alpine White was chosen and then it got interesting.  The white was the perfect canvas for the “Be Good, or Be Gone” themed art work of the highly talented David Vicente from  The result could not have been better. Original, casual, and a little tacky radical ... Suddenly the bike was full of attitude. A true work of art!

The Firestone Deluxe Champion tyres was replaced with something more appropriate a Pirelli Sport Demon. New damper Öhlins behind and progressive fork springs improve the dynamic behavior. In addition a new triple Toaster Tan increases rigidity and incidentally gives a personal touch to the front.

They decided to replace the headlight with a small but powerful LED under the lower triple focus and kept the front  "naked". Taillight and license plate was placed between the rear wheel and the seat, being all well hidden but legal.