R 90 CAFÉ RACER.
The growing trend of restoring BMW motorcycles is sweeping the world. In Alaska, a genuine R 90 Café Racer recently attracted our attention. We wanted to find out more about owner Erik Christensen and his astonishing Boxer named 'Catalyst'. A bike he built to inspire kindred spirits.
The look – classical.
Alaska, the 49th American state. One of its nicknames: ’The last frontier’. After a glance at the world map, it quickly becomes clear why: Siberia starts in the west of Alaska. To the east is Canada’s Yukon. Go a little further north and the Arctic Ocean will freeze your toes. Alaska is also known as the land of the midnight sun. Here, in the short summer season, there are four months of uninterrupted daylight. And as a result a perfect view over the wide roads. Ideal motorcycling conditions, in fact. Actually, because Alaska also has a dark side.
In contrast to the permanently light summer season, the winters in Alaska seem endlessly long, pitch dark and usually terribly cold. Again, ideal motorcycling conditions, in fact. Provided one has a few like-minded friends, access to a workshop, proper tools and of course a passion for customising. The result of a winter like this is then at least as special as the nights are long. Or simply as beautiful as Erik's truly memorable BMW R 90 Café Racer.
Passion knows no age.
Here are five tips from Erik.
The vehicles shown here may be modified and equipped with third party custom parts and/or self-made components that are neither manufactured nor distributed or tested by BMW. BMW accepts no liability for such modifications (including installation, characteristics and use of the shown custom parts/components). ATTENTION: Modification of series vehicles (including installation and use of third-party custom parts and/or self-made components) may impair riding characteristics! Riding modified BMW vehicles is at your own risk.