Kevil’s at the Rio Paignton

A quick (GS) trip down to Paignton on a bright but chilly winter’s morning leave one finger tonally different to the others and a severe possibility that the planned photo shoot may have started from a transit at the side of the A380.

Two naughty boys strapped to the trailer and ready to go to the beach only the dog walkers ready to spoil surprisingly good conditions. Yep: the Leica, Kev with the Lastolite, Ally with the coffee, the man with the mate in America, the Doberman, the Alsation, the boy with his mum, the boy with the wave board, the man who had to take a call and the annoyed lady who is always annoyed.


LeMan BMW Scrambler by Kevil’s photographed by Andrew Butler

OK, we played out down the park earlier with Kev’s new creation, Le Man. Yes that’s right, not Le Mans, get over it as they say.

Anyone who knows their motoring history will get the references; the colours, the drilled out perspex, the name, the joke.

Based on a R100RS this one is unusual with the rear disk an the oil-cooler. An increasing array of totally bespoke parts from Kevil’s Speed Shop including the cast headlamp mounts and the hand fabricated tailpiece made from aluminium. These compliment the bespoke exhaust system, rear subframe and neat touches such as the perspex side panels.

The bike will be on display at the 19th Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show this weekend (20-21 Oct) at Stafford.

Kevil’s Bike Photos for BMW Motorräder Magazine by Andrew Butler

Sounds like a re-run but it is again pleasing to see the Kevil’s BMW shots featuring so well in the German bike press. This time in the BMW Motorräder magazine which is a sister magazine of MO. Again Maik Schwarz has done a great job with the layouts and a great feature on the BMW scrambler style customs.

The photographs of the BMW custom bikes were taken on locations in Devon using a Leica M9 camera with a small amount of post-processing in Lightroom. The request for images came at short notice and were again delivered via the Design Credo ftp service. However rather bizarrely they were uploaded from a Mac-book Pro whilst in the queue waiting to board a ferry at Dover. The upload connection was provided with a portable wi-fi hotspot on an HTC Sensation.

Kevil’s Bikes

Kevil’s Siren, 1979 BMW R100 Scrambler Style Bike

More shots from the Paignton bike photoshoot last week, it seems like a lifetime ago after Goodwood. Seems like a busy week all-round, lots of interesting enquiries.

Anyway the story was we decided to get this one out of the yard and up to Kev’s mate’s quarry. Yes I know, most people settle for a garden. Funny thing was Kev forgot the key so he had to do the pushing.

So, the Kevil’s Speed Shop Siren is a 1979 BMW R100 scrambler style bike. Design Features include-

  • cherry red and graphite pearl custom paint work
  • Custom built high level exhaust system
  • Italian grips
  • Retro fit rocker covers
  • Fully upholstered seat
  • Braided fuel lines
  • Brushed stainless side panels
  • Mega silencer


This bike was designed and built for the English Actor Matt Bardock the star of the hit TV series casualty he is a paramedic in the program hence the name “Siren!”

Yes, I’ve only just read this, all makes sense really.

There are some other shots dropped in the gallery.

Kevils BMW (Ruby) photographed by Andrew Butler

Kevils Speed Shop’s “Ruby” 1983 BMW r100 cafe racer style bike, photographed by Andrew Butler of Design Credo in Exeter, Devon

Features include,

  • Ruby helmet inspired custom paint work
  • Wrinkle finished blacked out engine
  • Bonita seat
  • Raask rearsets
  • Conti go tyres
  • Floating rotors
  • Digital speedo

The bike was commissioned by Marek of Poland,
Kevils BMW (Ruby)

You can find Kevils Speed Shop on their Facebook page, say hello.

All shots on Leica M9, most 50mm Summilux

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Another Trip To Kevil’s

Another trip to Kevil’s, a couple of fine BMWs this time, and a quick tease on page-2 of the gallery for tomorrow’s offering (write-up to follow)

Kevils Speed Shop’s “Sparky!” 1980 BMW r100 scrambler style bike,

Features include,

  • Chrome powder coated tank
  • Custom high level stainless two into one exhaust
  • Retro fit rocker covers
  • Polished aluminium side panels
  • Fully upholstered cafe seat
  • Digital speedo


The bike was commissioned by John from London.

You can find Kevils Speed Shop on their Facebook page, say hello.

Leica M9, Summilux 50mm, Summicron 28mm

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