BMW motorcycles

  • The 2014 Motorcycle Calendar

    The 2014 Motorcycle Calendar

  • Chris Hunter Motorcycle Gear ,,

    The world’s most prestigious motorcycle calendar is back on sale. The 2014 edition of the famous Bike EXIF wall calendar showcases 13 of the world’s best bikes, including Walt Siegl’s Leggero, Classified Moto’s KT600 and the Wrenchmonkees’ brutal Yamaha XJR1300 ‘Monkeefist.’ The cover star is… Read more »

  • BMW R60/2 by Blitz Motorcycles

    BMW R60/2 by Blitz Motorcycles

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Blitz Motorcycles have been enjoying a long love affair with old BMW ‘airheads.’ To date, more than a handful of unique (and often eccentric) boxer customs have rolled out of their workshop. One of their earliest builds was ‘Great Escape‘—a murdered out BMW R60/2 that… Read more »

  • 1972 BMW R75/5: a ‘Traditional Custom’

    1972 BMW R75/5: a ‘Traditional Custom’

  • Shaik Ridzwan Classic Motorcycles ,,

    There’s something magical about a classic 70s BMW airhead: Slightly oddball lines, that remarkable engine, and the promise of fine German engineering. An off-kilter charm, if you like. This BMW R75/5, however, is not quite what it seems. It’s a subtly modified 1972 model that… Read more »

  • BMW R100RT custom

    BMW R100RT custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Four years ago, Bill Costello became a big name in the classic BMW world. He’d restored a 1958 BMW R50 as a tribute to his father, and before he knew it, the bike was on the cover of three magazines. Bill was even flown to… Read more »

  • 1979 BMW R45 custom

    1979 BMW R45 custom

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    It’s hard to believe that Louis Nel is only a part-time builder. The bikes that roll out of his South African garage are a testament to his passion and keen eye for detail. Until now, most of his builds have been personal projects—this 1979 BMW… Read more »

  • BMW R75/6 by Maria Motorcycles

    BMW R75/6 by Maria Motorcycles

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    You don’t see many vintage BMWs with red frames. But to my eyes, this R75/6 strangely works. The project comes from Portugal’s Maria Riding Company, and started with an order for a seat. “Our client also had a rebuilt engine and a few other parts,”… Read more »

  • BMW R65 + surfboard

    BMW R65 + surfboard

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    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… Read more »

  • BMW R75/7 by Clutch Custom

    BMW R75/7 by Clutch Custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Building a custom motorcycle is about judgment: knowing what to change, what to leave alone, and when to stop. It’s about proportions, lines and shapes. The balance between color and leather, paint and metal, gloss and matte. It’s a fiendishly difficult mix to get right,… Read more »

  • BMW R1200R by Lazareth

    BMW R1200R by Lazareth

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Ludovic Lazareth has made a name for himself in France with extreme car and motorcycle customs. How about a Mini pickup powered by a 3.5-liter Range Rover engine? A trike with a Ferrari V8 under the hood? Or a custom Yamaha FZR1000 with Tron-style bodywork… Read more »

  • BMW R100 by Kevils Speed Shop

    BMW R100 by Kevils Speed Shop

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    One of the most prolific BMW customizers in Europe is Kevin Hill. Based in the picturesque county of Devon, England, he’s been turning out a steady stream of BMW customs for nearly five years now. The reputation of Kevil’s Speed Shop has spread far and… Read more »

  • BMW R80 custom by 7 Ages

    BMW R80 custom by 7 Ages

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Most custom BMWs are resto-mods or café racer conversions. But Ian Solley of 7 Ages in the UK likes to take the strasse less travelled. On this BMW R80 custom, virtually every part has been modified: the frame has been converted to a hardtail, and… Read more »

  • BMW K100 by Robrock

    BMW K100 by Robrock

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    This raw and brutal BMW K100 was built, very aptly, by a master blacksmith and metalworker. Faced with a long German winter, Marc Robrock decided to enliven his evenings and weekends and build himself a bike. “After 25 years of riding bikes, I felt I… Read more »

  • BMW R90/6 by Untitled

    BMW R90/6 by Untitled

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    You know you’re doing something right when you’re based in London and get a commission from a German enthusiast to build a BMW. The compliment was paid to Untitled Motorcycles and this is the result: a very classy 1975 BMW R90/6 custom. Untitled built the… Read more »

  • Blitz BMW R100RT ‘La Parisienne’

    Blitz BMW R100RT ‘La Parisienne’

  • BMW R80ST by Fuel

    BMW R80ST by Fuel

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Fuel Bespoke Motorcycles is not the most prolific of Spain’s custom workshops, but their creations are always worth keeping an eye out for. This is the latest, based on a 1984 BMW R80ST. Called the Fuel R80 STrial, it’s inspired by ISDT bikes—the Triumphs, BSAs… Read more »

  • BMW R100S by Deus

    BMW R100S by Deus

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    You don’t see many 1970s BMW R-series customs in the USA. But this very sharp R100S cafe racer should prompt a few searches for old airheads on eBay. It’s set for launch at The One Motorcycle Show in Austin this weekend, and was built by… Read more »

  • BMW R75/6 by Kingston Custom

    BMW R75/6 by Kingston Custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Custom motorcycle builders in the USA and UK have relatively few restrictions on what they can and cannot do. Then you have countries like Taiwan and Germany, which force builders to abide by draconian regulations. German bikes require approval from the TÜV authority—which ensures a… Read more »

  • BMW R100/7 by Cafe Racer Dreams

    BMW R100/7 by Cafe Racer Dreams

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The BMW R-series has joined the Honda CB750 and Triumph Bonneville in the pantheon of custom motorcycle platforms. With a remarkably distinctive-looking engine and a bulky, high-capacity tank, it’s not a conventionally ‘pretty’ bike. But love it or loathe it, the big BMW sure looks… Read more »

  • Blitz BMW R75/6 ‘GSky’

    Blitz BMW R75/6 ‘GSky’

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    It was only three years ago that Fred Jourden and Hugo Jezegabel started Blitz Motorcycles. But the Paris-based workshop is now one of the biggest names on the European new wave custom scene, thanks to a string of unconventional ‘old timer’ customs. This is Blitz’… Read more »

  • BMW R75/6 by Clutch Custom

    BMW R75/6 by Clutch Custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    In the 12th arrondissement of Paris, home to the Bastille opera house, is a small workshop called Clutch Custom. It’s one of those places where you can buy old components, get a custom part machined up, and occasionally buy a complete motorcycle. This is the… Read more »

  • El Solitario ‘Baula’ BMW

    El Solitario ‘Baula’ BMW

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Custom motorcycles are a mix of art and engineering—and there’s a tension in that mix. Trends develop, and quickly become cliché. But occasionally a builder bucks the trend so hard that it literally stops people in their tracks. That’s what happened six months ago at… Read more »

  • Interview: Edgar Heinrich

    Interview: Edgar Heinrich

  • Chris Hunter Interviews ,

    The man in charge of motorcycle design at BMW Motorrad right now is Edgar Heinrich. He’s the new boss of the company’s Design Studio, after working his way up through the ranks (with one break) since 1986. Heinrich’s personal creations include the R1100 and K1200… Read more »

  • Custom BMW R80/7

    Custom BMW R80/7

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    BMW Motorrad has a gap in its product range large enough to drive a Bundeswehr Unimog through: it doesn’t have a retro roadster to compete with the hugely popular Triumph Bonneville or the expanding Moto Guzzi V7 fleet. Which is strange, given the remarkable popularity… Read more »

  • Custom BMW R75/6

    Custom BMW R75/6

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    I’m a sucker for a tastefully updated classic BMW. And this mid-70s airhead is as good as it gets. The bike started out as a stock R75/6, but it’s now way beyond factory spec—thanks to California-based BMW specialists Boxer Metal. According to builder Chris Canterbury,… Read more »

  • BMW R100RT by Cafe Racer Dreams

    BMW R100RT by Cafe Racer Dreams

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Two months ago, CRD hit the ball out of the park with an elegant vintage BMW R75. They’ve now revisited the Teutonic theme, this time with a muscular and purposeful R 100RT. ‘Ruby Ring’ was commissioned by an Austrian fan of the Spanish custom builders.… Read more »

  • Crowe Customs BMW R80/7

    Crowe Customs BMW R80/7

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Custom motorcycles are often about sacrifice. As looks improve, functionality suffers. And most of the time, it doesn’t matter, especially if a bike is only ridden for short blasts, or down to a local watering hole. But it’s good to see the occasional long-haul machine… Read more »

  • Vintage BMW by CRD

    Vintage BMW by CRD

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    For its latest build, Cafe Racer Dreams has taken a break from Triumph Bonnevilles. The Spanish workshop has turned its attention to the vintage BMW R-series—namely, the 749 cc R75/5 boxer. Now owned by Valéry from Paris, this 1971 model is a thorough resto-mod in… Read more »