A Pure Ride with a Vintage Appeal

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Working from a rough outline, the Indira BMW R80 by Ton-Up Garage paints a vivid picture of what a pure motorcycle design can be. Built around a standard BMW motorcycle, the team reworked everything from the suspension to the frame to forge a new personality in the bike while still holding true to its lines and shapes. The body of the bike was lowered with a new seat design to accommodate a more comfortable ride. Smaller and simpler fixtures were incorporated to clean up the handlebar’s feel and make it simpler for the rider to use. Everything else from new exhaust pipes to Firestone Deluxe tires help this bike to stand out, but a muted paint job ensures it doesn’t come off as too flashy. The black and brown aesthetic harkens back to the vintage bikes of the 1940s, an earthy ride low to the ground to make one really feel the grip of the tires against an unpaved road. In many ways the Indira BMW R80 evokes a pseudo Platonic purity; an archetype in its class, beauty and simplicity of the perfect bike.

Nathaniel Barlam

Nathaniel

Amid the unrest of earning his Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from RISD, Nathaniel manages to find the time to read, write, hang out with friends, play drums, and listen to music. Nathaniel has learned a lot about architecture firsthand thanks to opportunities to live and work in Rome and Brooklyn during the past year. Coming from a family with strong roots in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Nathaniel has always maintained a strong love for NYC especially, and after his studies finish up in Providence he may move there for a while. He hasn't decided yet. You can connect with him via Linkedin or by visiting his Portfolio page.

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