BMW motorcycles

  • 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 »

  • BMW R1200C custom

    BMW R1200C custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Back in 1997, BMW took a tilt at the Harley-Davidson market with the R1200C. It was big and relatively underpowered, with just 61bhp—but Teutonic engineering and smart suspension design made up for that. Robert Levinson, however, has transformed his R1200C into a completely different machine.… Read more »

  • BMW R75/5 custom

    BMW R75/5 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Every now and then a bike pops up that completely flouts the established vernacular of custom building. This is one of them. It was built by Revival Cycles, a shop run by three committed motorcycle enthusiasts in Austin, Texas. Founder Alan Stulberg tells the story:… Read more »

  • Untitled Motorcycles BMW R80

    Untitled Motorcycles BMW R80

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Untitled Motorcycles are three guys working out of a workshop in Camden, London, building “motorcycles for everyday use with great individual styling and quality mechanics.” They’re on a mission to ressurect old and unloved motorcycles—and in a way, recycle them into classics. Untitled started in… Read more »

  • 1973 BMW R60/5 Custom

    1973 BMW R60/5 Custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    BMW’s classic Boxer engine is one of those powerplants you either love or hate. It looks like no other, and invariably dominates the appearance of a bike. I have to admit I love the look of this motor, and so does Terry Whitehurst. He started… Read more »

  • BMW R100 Scrambler

    BMW R100 Scrambler

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    BMW’s R series is seriously challenging the Honda CB as the custom platform of choice; over the past few months, a remarkable number of stylish 70s BMW customs have been popping up in the Bike EXIF inbox. This one was built by Karles Vives of… Read more »

  • BMW R45 cafe racer

    BMW R45 cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    There’s something about the compact, muscular stance of 70s-vintage BMWs that makes them prime candidates for customization. This cafe racer comes from leading glass artist Francesco Pagnin of Treviso in Italy, who calls his motorcycle workshop ‘Franz Garage’. It’s based on a BMW R45, the… Read more »

  • 1986 HPN BMW Paris Dakar

    1986 HPN BMW Paris Dakar

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,

    Right now, the 2011 Dakar Rally racers are somewhere near Córdoba in Argentina. These days the motorcycle class is dominated by KTM, but in the 80s it was BMW all the way. The bike you’re looking at here is one of BMW’s three entries from… Read more »

  • Ritmo Sereno’s racy custom BMW R69S

    Ritmo Sereno’s racy custom BMW R69S

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    When this R69S rolled into the workshop of Tokyo resto-mod specialists Ritmo Sereno, it was a slightly gawky custom with mismatched curves and a shapeless silver tank. With their usual attention to detail, Ritmo reworked it into a beautiful cafe racer with more conventional BMW… Read more »

  • BMW R60/5 custom

    BMW R60/5 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    I’ve always had a soft spot for 1970s BMWs, but I haven’t seen anything quite like this slash-five before. It’s owned by Frenchman Gaëtan Pillaud, and he calls it a ‘Clubber’—a mix between a clubman and a bobber. The bike started life as a 1973… Read more »

  • 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 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 »