BMW motorcycles

  • 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 »

  • BMW R69S

    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 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 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 »