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BMW R75/5 bobber by Kingston Custom

Taking It Slow: Kingston Custom’s BMW R75/5 Bobber

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Today’s motorcycles are loaded with a level of tech that would have been incomprehensible thirty years ago. And it’s had a knock-on effect on the custom scene: old bikes rebuilt with new suspension, brakes and electronics have become commonplace. Dirk Oehlerking knows all about the technical side. Operating as Kingston Custom in Germany’s Rhine-Ruhr region,…

Nico Mueller of Hookie Co.'s personal BMW R75/5

All About The Patina: Nico Mueller’s BMW R75/5

We love seeing custom builders’ personal rides. Most of these guys spend their days wrestling with the restrictions of commissioned work, so it’s intriguing to see their choices and decision-making when the brief is wide open. This BMW R75/5 belongs to Nico Mueller of Hookie Co. in Germany. It’s a mix of clever upgrades, discreet…

Tim Harney's custom BMW R75/6 is an essay in simplicity—as befits a former industrial designer.

Funktional: Tim Harney’s no-frills BMW R75/6

Many custom motorcycle builders didn’t start out as such. Tim Harney’s one of them: in his past life, he worked as an industrial designer for architecture, furniture and lighting design firms. Tim’s since focussed his keen sense of aesthetics onto customizing bikes. This 1976 BMW R75/6 is his latest work—and we’re smitten with its functional…

Shed-built 1973 BMW R75/5

The notion of building one’s own custom motorcycle is romantic—but not without its pitfalls. Some shed-builders run out of budget. Others struggle…