BMW motorcycles

  • 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 »

  • Cafe Racer BMW R100

    Cafe Racer BMW R100

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    For custom builders, older BMW airheads are starting to approach Honda CB and Triumph Bonneville levels of popularity. This one was built by Aric Russom, an artist and photographer from Western Massachusetts. He’s owned the BMW for 13 years, and in that time, has given… Read more »

  • BMW R75/6 cafe racer

    BMW R75/6 cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    1970s-era BMW airheads respond well to the cafe racer treatment. But you don’t often see one with a mono-shock conversion. This cafe racer is a 1976 R75/6 owned by graphic designer Casey Wilkinson of the motorcycle-mad Wilkinson Brothers, and he spotted it at the AMA… Read more »

  • BMW R80 “Dark Law”

    BMW R80 “Dark Law”

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    In Europe, the spotlight on new wave custom builders tends to fall in France, Spain and Italy. But Portugal is coming through the ranks quickly. We’ve already featured the Triumph Thruxton built by Maria Motorcycles of Lisbon, and now we have this classy BMW R80… Read more »

  • Custom BMW R100/7

    Custom BMW R100/7

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The French have an interesting phrase for an unconventionally attractive woman: jolie laide. The English equivalent would be “pretty ugly,” but the ambiguity of the French meaning is lost in the translation. The phrase sprung to my mind when I first saw this BMW, a… Read more »

  • BMW R100 cafe racer

    BMW R100 cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Frank McGoldrick is one of those people who seem to have a talent for everything they turn their hand to. An accomplished welder and fabricator, he graduated to designing and building bars, shops and restaurants throughout the UK. After selling his business five years ago,… Read more »

  • BMW R100 RS custom

    BMW R100 RS custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    One of the most interesting new European custom builders is Karles Vives of Fuel Bespoke Motorcycles. He’s based in Barcelona, Spain, and is entirely self-taught. He’s also got an excellent eye for aesthetics. This is the second BMW R100-based build from Fuel. (Here’s the first.)… Read more »

  • 1988 BMW K1

    1988 BMW K1

  • Chris Hunter Production Motorcycles ,

    When I hit my twenties, the BMW K1 was impossibly glamorous. It was the poster bike for motorcycling. As a casual observer, I didn’t realise it was BMW’s attempt to appeal to younger riders, seduced by Japanese sportsbikes such as the Suzuki GSX-R1100. And I… Read more »

  • Urban Motor R100RS

    Urban Motor R100RS

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    Some motorcycles are so “right” from the start that it’s almost impossible to customize them. And one such machine is BMW’s R100RS. This beautiful resto-mod comes from Urban Motor of Berlin; it’s called “Werkstattrenner” and it’s a 1977 model bike, which was the first year… Read more »

  • Blitz Motorcycles “BSW”

    Blitz Motorcycles “BSW”

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    Fred and Hugo of Blitz Motorcycles describe their latest creation as “A gentleman’s bike for a gentleman rider”. But it’s not a conservative, retro throwback. “BSW” is decidedly unconventional, like all of Blitz’s builds so far. The motorcycle was built for an English customer called… Read more »

  • Wrenchmonkees BMW R100RT

    Wrenchmonkees BMW R100RT

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Most custom motorcycles live relatively sedate lives, secured in warm garages and released at weekends. But not this one: it’s been built by the Wrenchmonkees to handle the rough roads of the Maghreb. “It started with a request from a Frenchman living in Mauritania,” says… Read more »

  • BMW R45: ‘The Gonzo’

    BMW R45: ‘The Gonzo’

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    One of the more original builders working today is David Borras, a Spanish vintage motorcycle racer who runs El Solitario (“the loner”) MC. He’s got an idiosyncratic style, and his disregard for contemporary fashions has won him a lot of attention. This is Borras’ latest… Read more »

  • Interview: Ola Stenegärd

    Interview: Ola Stenegärd

  • Chris Hunter Interviews ,,

    I’ve always imagined BMW Motorrad designers to be technicians in white lab coats. So I was surprised to discover that the leader of BMW’s motorcycle design team is a freewheelin’ Swede with a passion for old-school choppers. Ola Stenegärd studied Industrial Design in Stockholm and… Read more »

  • Ritmo Sereno BMW R100RS

    Ritmo Sereno BMW R100RS

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    In the mid-70s, the BMW R100RS was the most radical motorcycle you could buy. It was BMW’s answer to the relentless threat of large-capacity Japanese motorcycles, and it came with a seven-part fairing—a new style of bodywork that reportedly reduced side wind deflection by 60%… Read more »

  • BMW R75/5 custom

    BMW R75/5 custom

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    During the austere and oppressive reign of General Franco—a remarkable 36 years from 1939 to 1975—foreign motorcycles were a rarity in Spain. So this BMW R75/5 must be a novelty on Iberian roads. It’s owned by Juan Ramón Ortega, a Madrileño with a longstanding passion… Read more »

  • BMW R80 cafe racer

    BMW R80 cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If you’re into BMW café racers, you probably know the BMW Café blog, run by Dutchman Michiel de Molenaar. This BMW R80 is the bike that originally got Michiel hooked on building and riding old motorcycles, and shows what can be done with a small… Read more »

  • The way we were

    The way we were

  • Untitled BMW R80 G/S

    Untitled BMW R80 G/S

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    If I had to pick an older bike to take me on a tour of Europe, I’d choose a BMW R80 G/S. It’s a bona fide classic, but unlike most of that ilk, it’s also reliable, relatively simple on the mechanical front, and still has… Read more »

  • BMW S1000RR custom

    BMW S1000RR custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Yes, you’re looking at a BMW S1000RR. The asymmetrical bodywork has gone, along with the oddball headlights and spindly mirrors. It’s an audacious dismantling of BMW’s superbike, and the perpetrator is Steve Culp of Shreveport, Louisiana. Culp spends his spare time designing not only custom… Read more »

  • BMW R100 cafe racer

    BMW R100 cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Urban Motor is a CR&S dealer in Berlin, Germany, but it doesn’t just sell new motorcycles. The company has put together a lovely classic BMW cafe racer, using a 1983 R80 G/S as the base. ‘Earl Grey’ has been upgraded with a R100RS front fork,… Read more »

  • SE Service Slugger

    SE Service Slugger

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Sweden’s Stellan Egeland is one of the world’s most innovative custom motorcycle builders. Like Belgian maestro Fred Krugger, Egeland is prepared to push the limits of styling and use as much modern technology as possible. His approach resulted in a podium finish at the 2009… Read more »