Tag: BMW motorcycles

  • URS Racing Sidecar

    URS Racing Sidecar

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    One of the greatest sidecar racers of all time was the German Helmut Fath. And this machine carried him to the sweetest victory of all. It’s called a URS, and it was sold by the Bonhams auction house last weekend for an extraordinary £102,700—a cool… Read more »

  • Wunderlich Curarê

    Wunderlich Curarê

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Wunderlich has always struck me as the motorcycling equivalent of Jägermeister: undoubtedly potent, but an acquired taste. And so it is with the German company’s latest creation, based on BMW’s S 1000 RR sportbike. It’s been built to celebrate Wunderlich’s 25th anniversary and in the… Read more »

  • BMW R1200 custom

    BMW R1200 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Most motorcycle marques can point to a single early model that set the tone for those that followed and established the brand. In BMW’s case it’s the R32. It was unveiled at the Berlin motor show in 1923, and it was a good fifty years… Read more »

  • Blitz BMW R60/2

    Blitz BMW R60/2

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    In the car world, you often see “murdered out” vehicles, painted completely black for a sleek and sinister look. You occasionally see it in the motorcycling world—Steve Jones’ Ducati being an example—but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a fifty-year-old classic motorcycle given the “murder”… Read more »

  • BMW R100T custom

    BMW R100T custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    When I first saw this BMW, I struggled to put a date to it. Was it an older bike freshened up, or a relatively new bike that had taken a trip back in time? It turned out to be an R100T resto-mod, customized to make… Read more »

  • BMW R60/5 cafe racer

    BMW R60/5 cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Most images that we receive fall into one of two categories: average photographs of a very interesting motorcycle, or beautiful photographs of a fairly common motorcycle. So when you happen across a photographer who is also a vintage bike nut, it’s a marriage made in… Read more »

  • BMW R100 race replica

    BMW R100 race replica

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Three years ago, Ritmo Sereno of Tokyo produced a stunning orange BMW R80 track bike—the highly successful ‘Nakajima’ racer. Now a Ritmo customer has commissioned a road-going version—and this is it. It’s based on a 1991 R100 RS, but many of the other details are… Read more »

  • BMW Baja 1000 Racer

    BMW Baja 1000 Racer

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,

    If you need to fettle your BMW enduro for hardcore long-distance racing, the company to speak to is HPN. The German outfit has an illustrious history, largely built on preparing the motorcycles that took BMW to four Dakar Rally victories in the 1980s. HPN built… Read more »

  • BMW R80 custom

    BMW R80 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    There are some bikes that are all show and no go, but this BMW reflects a different kind of ‘show’. It’s positively theatrical. Secreted amongst the mechanicals are an antique glass doorknob, a brass bicycle bell and a tiny cameo portrait—see images below—added by the… Read more »

  • BMW K100 custom

    BMW K100 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Californian Larry Romestant is a man with a unique vision for custom motorcycles. In the BMW world he’s known for his ‘Special Ks’—restored and modified water-cooled K-series bikes. The bike shown above is ‘The Beast’, and it’s an apt moniker. Larry’s taken the frame from… Read more »

  • BMW K100 cafe racer

    BMW K100 cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    I’ve always liked the look of BMW’s K-series motors. Simply because they’re boxy and when they first appeared, I thought they looked like something from Star Wars. The earlier R-series is well established as a café racer platform, but now the K-series is starting to… Read more »

  • BMW K1200R custom by Wunderlich

    BMW K1200R custom by Wunderlich

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    This is so odd I just had to feature it. When BMW launched the K1200R in 2006, it was the world’s most powerful naked bike. But even with 163 hp on tap and immaculate handling, there’s always someone, somewhere, who wants more. To satisfy such… Read more »

  • 30 years of the BMW GS

    30 years of the BMW GS

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    I don’t know what possessed BMW to give the R80 G/S a red saddle back in 1980. But it’s become one of the most enduring motorcycle liveries of all time. The G/S was designed to combine on-road and off-road qualities, just like a traditional scrambler—but… Read more »

  • Ritmo Sereno Rocket-R

    Ritmo Sereno Rocket-R

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Ritmo Sereno has just completed two new café motorcycles for a lucky client. And if there’s any remaining doubt that the Tokyo workshop is the king of the resto-mod, these BMW café racers should dispel it. They’re ‘Rocket-R’ models, which is Ritmo-speak for completely overhauled… Read more »

  • BMW R100RS

    BMW R100RS

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    In 1977, BMW’s erstwhile R90S became the R100S. The boxer twin motor gained a useful 100 cc or so, 40 mm Bing carburetors were bolted on for smoother starting and running, and the cosmetics and paintwork were upgraded. The flagship was the radical-looking RS variant,… Read more »

  • BMW R100/7 scrambler

    BMW R100/7 scrambler

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Even the stateliest grand tourer can be turned into a scrambler. This example is a 1977 BMW R100/7 owned by Frank, from Kandel in Germany. He bought the bike in 1983, with just 5,000km on the clock; the BMW is now up to 196,000 km,… Read more »

  • BMW R100/7

    BMW R100/7

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    Most of the machines we feature on Bike EXIF are one-offs, or limited editions, or customized in some way. But if I was planning a long, leisurely trip cross-country, I’d be looking for a classy, relaxed tourer. And with a pair of authentic Krauser panniers… Read more »

  • BMW R69S custom

    BMW R69S custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    I’d be a very happy man if this was the sight that greeted me when I opened my garage door on a Saturday morning. Unfortunately, this is not my workshop; it’s that of Ritmo Sereno in Tokyo, a treasure-trove of exquisite vintage machinery. Right now… Read more »

  • Louis Lepoix BMW R12

    Louis Lepoix BMW R12

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    The other day I got an email from a man called Bertrand Lepoix. He’d spotted our piece on the amazing 1934 BMW R7, and sent in some amazing pictures from his family archives, including a couple of this motorcycle. “My father Louis Lucien Lepoix (1918-1988)… Read more »

  • Team Incomplete BMW

    Team Incomplete BMW

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Every few weeks, someone emails me a link to this bike. It’s one of the most famous BMW boxers on the net. But it’s also widely reported, so I’ve been resisting the temptation to feature it, until now. What’s so special about it? The Team… Read more »

  • BMW R75/5

    BMW R75/5

  • Chris Hunter Production Motorcycles ,

    I love this image. And not just because I have a soft spot for old BMW airheads: it’s also a classic example of a picture telling a story. William Pruyn bought this 1972 ‘toaster’ (check the chrome-paneled tank) two years ago in San Francisco, and… Read more »

  • BMW ISDT enduro racer

    BMW ISDT enduro racer

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,

    BMW’s profile in the racing enduro market seems to be slipping of late. (Which is a pity, because the G450X offers promise, as well as BMW’s usual 24-month warranty.) But this factory-endorsed, 900 cc boxer enduro from almost thirty years ago shows what could have… Read more »

  • GG Quadster

    GG Quadster

  • Chris Hunter Production Motorcycles ,,

    I can’t work out whether this is cool or not. But I bet it’s a blast to ride. Grüter + Gut’s first model, the Quad, attracted a lot of press and was a hit with thrill-seekers in places such as Dubai—where the roads flow as… Read more »

  • Chang Jiang 750 M1

    Chang Jiang 750 M1

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    A reader from Sydney snapped this picture yesterday, and it got us stumped. At first glance it appears to be a 95-point restored 1938 BMW R71 sidevalve. But on closer inspection it’s not German. We reckon it’s a Chang Jiang 750 M1, and goodness knows… Read more »

  • Ron Wood BMW F 800

    Ron Wood BMW F 800

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    A couple of years ago, BMW USA took the Rotax engine from an F 800 and gave it to legendary flat track builder Ron Wood. Wood obliged by building this exquisite machine, and on its very first competitive outing, it finished in sixth place. The… Read more »

  • AC Schnitzer F 800 Reloaded

    AC Schnitzer F 800 Reloaded

  • BMW R51/3

    BMW R51/3

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    A leisurely tour around the Mediterranean must be one of the all-time best motorcycle adventures. And whoever owns this bike is doing it in style. It was spotted in Greece, which is apparently a mecca for old BMWs: many were left behind when the German… Read more »

  • Touratech F 800 ScrambleR

    Touratech F 800 ScrambleR

  • Chris Hunter Custom MotorcyclesProduction Motorcycles ,

    Most motorcycle design is a compromise between function and form. To our eyes, vintage scrambler-style motorcycles have a head start: road bikes that can also tackle loose gravel and light off-road work are often pleasing from an aesthetic point of view. Unfortunately, Triumph has never… Read more »

  • Michael Krauser sidecars

    Michael Krauser sidecars

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Time for something a little offbeat. Michael Krauser is a former sidecar racer who created one of Europe’s biggest BMW dealerships. Famous for organising the huge Krauser Rallies established in the 1970s, he now runs a business selling motorcycle accessories and—you guessed it—BMW-based sidecar rigs.… Read more »

  • BMW R100/S

    BMW R100/S

  • Chris Hunter Classic MotorcyclesCustom Motorcycles ,

    In the 1970s, BMW had a reputation for producing reliable but somewhat stodgy touring motorcycles. Then in 1977, the Bavarians suddenly got sexy back. The R100/7 and well-reviewed R100/S were BMW’s first liter-class bikes, with stiffened frames that transformed the handling and extra grunt from… Read more »

  • 1983 BMW R80 Bobber

    1983 BMW R80 Bobber

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    This amazing BMW was reportedly built by a fellow named Rodney Aguiar, who has worked for Roland Sands. It’s a BMW R80 given the bobber treatment, and the detailing is exquisite—from the blacked-out boxer engine and mechanicals to the way the coil of the monoshock… Read more »

  • Deubel/Horner BMW sidecar

    Deubel/Horner BMW sidecar

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,

    The scintillating Isle of Man TT action has got us thinking about sidecars. Not just the Ural kind, but the racing kind too. The elegant machine above is the BMW campaigned by Max Deubel—the ‘Sidecar Superstar‘—and passenger Emil Horner. Deubel was the four-times World Champion,… Read more »

  • DBBP BMW Bobber

    DBBP BMW Bobber

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    You don’t see many of these around. It’s a vintage BMW motorbike given the classic bobber treatment by Mark van der Kwaak of DBBP-Design in the Netherlands, with help from his friend Aad Heemskerk. The engine is from a 1976 BMW R90/S, with Stromberg carbs… Read more »

  • SE Service Harrier

    SE Service Harrier

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    One of the most controversial European custom shops is Sweden’s SE Service, run by Stellan Egeland. The latest SE motorcycle is the Harrier, a radical BMW-powered machine that Egeland is promoting as the first in a new line of ‘modern customs’. The Harrier reminds us… Read more »

  • BMW R75/5 racer

    BMW R75/5 racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom MotorcyclesRacing Motorcycles ,,

    Our favorite upmarket Japanese custom house Ritmo Sereno has worked its customary magic on this lovely BMW R75/5 from 1970. The discreet modifications fall within classic racing regulations: they include ported and polished heads for the air-cooled boxer motor, a modified flywheel and clutch, AP… Read more »