Tag: Germany

  • 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 »

  • Ducati 350 cafe racer

    Ducati 350 cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Christian Klein is a skilled lathe operator and a craftsman engineer. He’s also a Ducati fan, and rides a red 900 GTS. In the cold German evenings, he drifts towards his workshop, inhabiting what he calls his ‘parallel world’. And it was in here, a… 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 »

  • LSL Clubman Kawasaki W800

    LSL Clubman Kawasaki W800

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Just two hours after Kawasaki took the wraps off its new W 800 at INTERMOT, German tuner LSL-Motorradtechnik revealed the bike that Kawasaki should have built in the first place. LSL boss Jochen Schmitz-Linkweiler used to be a Kawasaki dealer, so he managed to get… 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 »

  • Moto Guzzi Le Mans

    Moto Guzzi Le Mans

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Axel Budde is an interesting guy. He’s a ‘precision driver’ for the film and TV industry: a guy who can take the exact same line in a car or truck, time after time, at high speed, until the cameraman gets The Shot. And when Axel… 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 »

  • Yamaha XJR 1200 custom

    Yamaha XJR 1200 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    In the mid 90s, the XJR 1200 was Yamaha’s foray into the increasingly popular ‘naked’ bike market. And it was no slouch, with a reported top speed of 220kph (136mph). Fast forward a decade, and here’s an even faster XJR 1200—built in 2006 by German… 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 »

  • 1922 Megola Sport

    1922 Megola Sport

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    This lovely piece of rolling sculpture is the Megola Sport, and it was built in Germany in 1922. Aside from the extraordinary styling, the most notable thing about this machine is that the engine sits by the front wheel. It’s a five-cylinder, 640cc radial—which was… 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 »

  • Triumph Hellfire flat tracker

    Triumph Hellfire flat tracker

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Triumph’s Street Triple 675 is light (167kg), powerful (107hp) and fast (141mph, or 225kph). So it’s surprising that it hasn’t been more of a target for tuners. Maybe it’s because the standard package is so ‘right’. But now the German Triumph dealer Motorcorner has created… 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 »

  • Moto Guzzi bobber motorcycle

    Moto Guzzi bobber motorcycle

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    This vintage-themed Moto Guzzi looks like an 850T to me. And unlike most Guzzi customs, it’s not a café racer—it’s a bobber motorcycle. This bike appeared briefly on a German website—which now appears to have gone under—and little information was forthcoming from the owner, apart… 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 »

  • NSU Bison 2000

    NSU Bison 2000

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    This is the world’s largest single-cylinder two-wheeler. It was built by a gentleman called Fritz Langer, and it’s based on an NSU Konsul 500. I suspect that Fritz is one wave short of a shipwreck, but there’s no denying the balls-out engineering that has gone… Read more »

  • Manurhin scooter

    Manurhin scooter

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,,

    When I was a lad growing up in the North of England, the Mod Revival was in full swing. Scooters were everywhere, mostly heading down the M1 motorway for weekend trips to the south coast resorts. At that time, I couldn’t tell the difference between… 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 »

  • Walz Hardcore Veyron

    Walz Hardcore Veyron

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Marcus Walz of German custom builder Hardcore Cycles is not the shy and retiring type, and neither are his customers, it would seem. This latest bike—the Veyron China 1, to give it its full name—was delivered just before Christmas to a Chinese businessman in Hong… 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 »

  • Opel Motoclub

    Opel Motoclub

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    While browsing the addictive LoudPop Voyager I stumbled across a bike I hadn’t seen before. It was an Opel Motoclub, an unusual 500c thumper from between the Wars. This machine was one of the highlights of the 1928 Berlin Automobil und Motorrad show: designed by… 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 »

  • Triumph Bonneville Tridays Edition

    Triumph Bonneville Tridays Edition

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Every year in June, the small Austrian market town of Neukirchen changes its name for three days to Newchurch and celebrates all things British. Thousands of Triumph enthusiasts converge on the town for the annual Tridays rally, which has become one of the largest motorcycle… Read more »

  • The White Mars motorcycle

    The White Mars motorcycle

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    The ‘White Mars’ is legendary within German motorcycling circles. It even featured on a Deutsche Bundespost stamp in 1983. So what’s so special about this motorcycle? Although it first appeared in 1920, the styling still looks radical today. And at the time, the 986 cc… Read more »