A family heirloom in the making

Get the inside story on the 1981 BMW R100RS entered in RACQ’s MotorFest competition.

To celebrate MotorFest 2020, each week, RACQ Living will be conducting a Q&A with an entrant to find out a little bit more about them and their prized vehicle.

For the second instalment (read the first instalment here), Keeyan Admana, a passionate motorcycle enthusiast, shares the story of how his 1981 BMW R100RS has been modified to become a family heirloom, to be passed down for generations to come.

Can you tell me a bit about the history of your 1981 BMW R100RS?

The German-made BMW was used as ex-police bikes back in the ’80s. I picked it up locally from another enthusiast after it started its life as a police bike. Since then I made sure anything, I removed or added was diligently designed and fabricated. All the work has been done by myself, including design, sourcing and installation. I also had a couple of supporting people around me that I would use for specialised fabricating and mechanical work.
1981 BMW R100RS

What makes the 1981 BMW R100RS so special?

It’s my dream bike. I was living in Asia for the past five years, and motorcycles were the primary method of transport. Over that time I developed what kind of bike I wanted to keep in my family. I didn’t want something I would build and sell. I know I will keep this bike as a family heirloom and be one of those classic vehicles that sit in the garage and is passed on for generations. I have a young daughter, and hopefully one day she will receive it and love it. If you search the model, you can see how far the bike has come in terms of customisation. It had all these big guards and fenders as it was a highway bike for police and now it is a one-of-a-kind cafe racer.
1981 BMW R100RS

Why was it your dream bike?

This may surprise a few people, but it had nothing to do with it being a BMW or a police bike but was all about the engine. The engine was the starting point for me. My decisions, when it comes to motorcycles or projects, always revolve around a centrepiece and the centrepiece is that engine. The engine is horizontally aligned as opposed to vertical. Meaning it is a boxer-type engine that is unique for motorcycles. It’s an ’80s bike, but it looks crazy, with pistons hanging out the sides with your legs. It’s just awesome. The engine is what captured me with the bike, and everything else followed.
1981 BMW R100RS

Doing all the work yourself must require a high level of mechanical knowledge. Are you from the industry?

No (laughs). I’m in IT and completely self-taught. Working with my hands instead of on a computer gives me an escape and the satisfaction of doing something physical. Whether that be working on a bike, maintaining it or everything that goes along with bike ownership. Everything I do is in a digital realm, so it’s nice to be able to something I can touch and feel.

1981 BMW R100RS

What kind of reaction does your bike get from people?

It gets a lot of looks from all different types of demographics. It could be an older person that knows about these bikes, a kid or someone that sees it on the road and wants to know more about it. It captures anyone’s attention and its awesome feeling when you ride.

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What would it mean for you to win the RACQ MotorFest Judges Choice award?

My intention was never to really win but to get the exposure out on my bike so more people can enjoy it. To win would mean more people get to share in what I have enjoyed for so long.

For more details and to enter your vehicle, visit racq.com/motorfest. Get in quick as nominations for the competition close at midnight on 31 July, 2020. 

1981 BMW R100RS