Hyde Designs, a Cape Town-based customization shop operated by Jens Henkel, recently completed its first build: a café racer based on the BMW G 650 X Challenge. The design for the bike, titled “Olivia,” was finalized in six months. Henkel stripped the G650 X Challenge, which was chosen for its 650 Rotax single-cylinder engine, of many of its original parts to create a build that bore little or no resemblance to its predecessor.
The “Olivia” features a custom-welded steel tank that’s angular in its architecture, as well as a fiberglass tail that mirrors the design language of the bike. Look for more projects to come from the upstart establishment.