Canyon carver: A BMW boxer restomod built for California’s twisties

Robert Sabel’s name is synonymous with ultra-clean BMW boxer restomods. His projects turn out so tidy, that it’s almost ironic that his California-based shop is called Roughchild. But they’re not just visually neat; Robert likes to imbue them with modern performance and reliability too.

This particular BMW boxer restomod was built for Randy Garver—a landscaper that counts the who’s who of Hollywood among his clients. “Now in his 60s, Randy had reached a point in his life where many of his friends had passed on,” Robert tells us. “He wanted the opportunity to ride the best motorcycle of his life now… before it’s too late.”

Robert sourced a 1985 BMW R80RT locally as a donor for the build. ”It belonged to the owner’s recently deceased father,” he explains, “who rode it sparingly, given the documented very low mileage. It just needed, well, everything, to get it roadworthy.”

“We bought the bike at roughly the same time we were moving into our new facility in Glendale, California, an existing motorcycle service shop. With existing orders on the books, I was keen to snap it up and get our first build underway in the new premises. With that we set about our mission—the R80 was stripped to the bones and thoroughly inspected for wear and tear before modifications commenced.”

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Canyon carver: A BMW boxer restomod built for California’s twisties
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Published Date: Thu, 22 Jun 2023 17:01:12 +0000


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