A BMW R65 restomod inspired by the Alpina 2002Ti

Head Turner: A BMW R65 inspired by the Alpina 2002Ti

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There are some parts you just don’t see on custom bikes nowadays. Like mirrors, center stands, fork reflectors, and—heck—even fenders. They all end up in the bin faster than you can order a roll of pipewrap. But this restomod BMW R65 has all of those things—plus decent sized lights, touring handlebars and a cushy seat.…

A sleek and stylish custom BMW R65 from Fuel Motorcycles of Spain.

Running Lean: Fuel Motorcycles’ sleek R65

‘Svelte’ is not a word that sits comfortably in the BMW design language. These days, the machines that roll out of BMW Motorradwerk in Berlin are best described as imposing—or in the case of the sportbikes, angular. It wasn’t always that way, though. The R65 of the early 1980s had a compact frame, and it’s…

BMW R65 customized by Karl Renoult of Ed Turner Motorcycles, France.

BMW R65 by Ed Turner

Ed Turner is the nom de guerre of French custom builder Karl Renoult. It’s meant to echo “head turner”—a theme that’s central to Karl’s design philosophy. His latest creation is certainly loaded with character and attitude. It’s built on a 1979 BMW R65—but the only remaining traces of its Bavarian ancestry are the unmistakable boxer…

Surfboard motorcycle

BMW R65 + surfboard

A bike has to be pretty special to stand out at the annual Wheels & Waves festival in Biarritz: it’s the motorcycling equivalent of a beach full of French supermodels. But this lovely 1979 BMW R65 with a surfboard rack stopped passers-by in their tracks with its understated elegance. It’s the work of Xabi Ithurralde,…