Worth Motorcycle Company BMW R60/6 is a Café Racer for a Cause
Each and every year in this country, countless hands are wrung and teeth are gnashed when the subject of steering kids away from drugs, violence and other unwholesome activities is broached. Lots of individuals and organizations seem to think they have the best method, but we happen to think the ones who put an emphasis on teaching at-risk youths how to actually use their hands to make stuff stand the best chance of reaching the most youths. And the Worth Motorcycle Company, a nonprofit based in the Big Apple borough of Brooklyn, makes some pretty awesome stuff, as this custom BMW R60/6 indicates.
Starting with a 1976 BMW R60/6, the build team – led by Worth Motorcycle Company founder and executive director Jeremy Malman – stripped the boxer-powered Bavarian bike down to its bare frame and de-tabbed, leaving a truly blank canvas. Instead of putting the stock wiring harness back on when the time came, the team installed a custom setup and connected it to a Shorai lithium-ion battery, an Enduralast 400 watt charging system and electric starter motor, and Champion spark plugs and plug wires. The 599cc flat-twin engine lives beneath a BMW R100S fuel tank, which is joined with a custom fiberglass tail section and a seat upholstered with a donated Alpinestars jacket.
In terms of how this motorcycle copes with corners, you’ll be pleased to know that the team installed Race Tech springs on the front fork and lowered the triple tree 3.5” to sharpen steering response, while the rear wheel is now suspended with springs from Works Performance Suspension and preload adjusters made from a combination of 304 stainless steel and bronze. Throw in a racing number plate on each side and you have a bike that looks and performs like a proper café racer. Malman and the whole crew behind Worth Motorcycle Company should be commended for inspiring the next generation to use their energy and passion to create something positive that the rest of society (or at least the part of society that loves bitchin’ old foreign motorcycles) can enjoy.