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Mark Johnston's BMW R100RT cafe racer

Obsession: Mark Johnston’s 11th BMW is this R100RT cafe

When your garage is packed with eleven BMW motorcycles spanning seven decades—and you have no car—it’s safe to say that your hobby has morphed into an obsession. So what do you do when simply collecting bikes isn’t enough? That’s easy: you start customizing them. Meet Mark Johnston—a trained mechanical engineer who now works as a…

Bavarian Bobber: Titan’s extraordinary BMW R50/3

Bavarian Bobber: Titan’s extraordinary BMW R50/3

Motorcycle fashions come and go, but the bobber has been around since the 1930s. In those days, it was known to speed-hungry Harley and Indian riders as a ‘cut down’ or ‘bob job.’ Fast forward 80 years, and the appeal of the bobber is still strong: Triumph is having difficulty meeting demand for its modern-day…

BMW R nineT board tracker by Roland Sands Design

Roland Sands Stretches and Slams the R nineT

Building a bike purely for show has its advantages. There’s no need to worry about whether it runs, steers and stops, and there’s no need for the usual legal accoutrements; as long as it looks pretty, you’re good. But if you’re Roland Sands, that’s hard to do. With years of experience racing and building bikes,…

Ride Report: The 2017 BMW R nineT Racer

For a while, rumors have been circulating about the demise of the traditional cafe racer. With scramblers and flat trackers dominating the scene, the low-and-sleek genre…