Ed Turner's Silver Raven 20 March 15
Ed. Turner Motorcycles in France can build, restore or fabricate any motorcycle you want. Their project builds have so far been on Hondas and BMWs and each motorcycle design is inspired by the good ol’ 70s & 80s, and the culture of the American V8. Their BMW R65 project V1 was so well received they decided to build an updated version, called the Silver Raven based on a 1979 BMW R65.
There is little left of the original bike apart from the boxer engine and the BMW logo. The customer wanted a massive rear tire so the original swing arm was replaced with one from a R1150 ex police machine, and Dunlop Sportmax tires fitted to the 17" wheels. The front end came from a Kawasaki Z1000 and the upside down forks kept their dual discs and radial calipers.
The exhaust is made from stainless steel and is routed through the frame to end with a pair of small mufflers under the tail. The wiring was simplified to just the basic that is required and the instruments are tucked neatly behind the fairing with its small Xenon headlight.
The first version of the R56 kept its original tank but the Silver Raven got a homemade aluminium tank and custom built seat unit with a suede leather pad and a small pair of lights.
The finish of the bike was kept simple just using black and the polished metal to give it an aggressive look.
Photos by Pierre Le Targat
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Alan Goodsell , 20 March 15