Tag: Germany

  • Ice Racer motorcycle

    Ice Racer motorcycle

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    My folks live in England, and—like most people in Western Europe—they’ve spent the past few weeks buried under snow and ice in the most vicious winter for decades. Which led me to thinking about all the motorcycles locked up in garages and sheds, waiting for… Read more »

  • JvB-MOTO Single Hot Rod

    JvB-MOTO Single Hot Rod

  • Scott Custom Motorcycles ,,,

    By guest writer Scott of Pipeburn. A while ago Chris posted Flat Red and I think it’s time to do the prequel (especially with prequels being so popular these days). This is the JvB-MOTO Single Hot Rod. It might not have the same pedigree, heritage… 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 »

  • Victoria V35 Bergmeister

    Victoria V35 Bergmeister

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    We’d never heard of Victoria motorcycles until photographer Colleen Swartz sent in this shot. Victoria was a German company that closed in 1966: it originally produced bicycles, but in 1899 became one of the first motorcycle manufacturers. After WWI, the company specialized in bikes with… Read more »

  • LSL Triumph TL-675

    LSL Triumph TL-675

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    One of our favorite European mainland builders is LSL of Krefeld in Germany. They specialize in trick Triumph conversions, and revealed this new concept at the recent EICMA motorcycle show. LSL supports the Street Triple Cup in Germany, so the TL-675 is inspired by the… 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 »

  • Killinger und Freund

    Killinger und Freund

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    This is one of the most unusual motorcycles I’ve seen in a long time: it’s a ‘Killinger und Freund’ built in 1935 in Munich, Germany. The art deco styling is obviously eye-catching, but it’s hiding something even more interesting: this machine has a driven front… 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 »

  • Felix Götze rocking horse

    Felix Götze rocking horse

  • Chris Hunter ArtistsCustom Motorcycles ,

    A little bit of fun for the weekend: German designer Felix Götze has created this rocking horse from old motorcycle parts. Apparently it’s for a little lad called Otto Komei, who is fascinated by the choppers coming out of the workshop opposite his house. Götze… 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 »

  • Harley V-Rod sidecar by Mobec

    Harley V-Rod sidecar by Mobec

  • Chris Hunter Concept Motorcycles ,,

    It’s time we featured a sidecar again and this one from southern Germany is certainly an oddity. It’s a design study from the Uhingen-based sidecar specialist Mobec, based on the Harley-Davidson V-Rod. The body of the 3-Rod is crafted from carbon fiber composite, and underneath… 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 »

  • Kalex Motorcycles

    Kalex Motorcycles

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,

    It’s not often a superbike catches our eye. But Kalex Engineering has been on the Bike EXIF radar for some time now. The stylish machine above is the AV1, a limited production track weapon with space-age chassis engineering—and the Rotax V990R motor from an Aprilia… Read more »

  • eROCKIT hybrid motorcycle

    eROCKIT hybrid motorcycle

  • Chris Hunter Electric Motorcycles ,

    Is there room for a vehicle like the eROCKIT in the future of motorcycling? BusinessWeek thinks so, explaining: “The driver’s pedaling motions charge the batteries and control the motor, which multiplies the rider’s effort by a factor of 50. The faster you pedal, the faster… Read more »

  • Sommer 462 Diesel

    Sommer 462 Diesel

  • Chris Hunter Production Motorcycles ,,

    Diesel motors have never really caught on in motorcycles: most have abysmal power-to-weight ratios. But the German company Sommer has been plugging away with its Royal Enfield-based machines, and proudly claims to be Europe’s #1 diesel motorcycle manufacturer. In India, similar Enfield Bullets were available… 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 »

  • Münch Mammut 1200 TTS

    Münch Mammut 1200 TTS

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    Münch is one of the rarest names in motorcycling, with less than 250 bikes ever made. It was the 1960s brainchild of German engineer Friedl Münch; believing that bigger was better, he fitted his bikes with 1.0 and then 1.2 liter NSU car engines. Everything… Read more »

  • Magni-BMW MB1

    Magni-BMW MB1

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Magni is one of those motorcycling names, like Egli, that hovers on the periphery of stardom. Egli is inseparable from Vincent, but Magni is associated with MV Agusta, Honda and Moto Guzzi. Some of the earliest Magnis, though, had BMW power. The MB1 shown above… Read more »

  • LSL Clubman T 860R

    LSL Clubman T 860R

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The German tuner LSL-Motorradtechnik is developing a signature look for its products, making them immediately identifiable regardless of the base bike. The latest cafe racer to roll out of the Krefeld factory is the T 860R, based on the Triumph Thruxton. Like last year’s W… 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 »

  • Hercules W2000 rotary

    Hercules W2000 rotary

  • Chris Hunter Production Motorcycles ,

    Think of rotary engines, and you probably think of Mazda. But in the 1970s, two companies put those silky-smooth Wankel rotary engines into motorcycles. One was Suzuki, with the RE5; the other was little-known Hercules of Nürnberg, Germany. The machine above is the rare Hercules… Read more »

  • ZOOM Rih

    ZOOM Rih

  • Chris Hunter Concept Motorcycles ,

    The Rih is a small-series racebike concept from Maximilian Näther of the German outfit ZOOM designagency. It’s aimed at ‘hobby racers’, but there’s some interesting thinking going on here. The intake system starts with ‘lung-like’ membranes on the fuel tank, which flex according to how… Read more »

  • JvB-MOTO Ducati Flat Red

    JvB-MOTO Ducati Flat Red

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Six months ago, we were awestruck by Jens vom Brauck’s minimalistic Ducati Scrambler custom. But the other day, a comment on twitter reminded us of an earlier JvB-MOTO Ducati bike, the Flat Red. This motorcycle won the international Ducati Design Contest in 2004, and five… Read more »

  • 1979 Porsche Motorcycle Concept

    1979 Porsche Motorcycle Concept

  • Chris Hunter Classic MotorcyclesConcept Motorcycles ,

    When the words ‘Porsche’ and ‘motorcycle’ are mentioned in the same sentence, it’s usually in connection with Harley-Davidson: first the abortive Nova project of the 80s, then the VR1000 racer in the 90s, and finally the Revolution engine that appeared in the V-Rod in 2001.… Read more »

  • Starline model motorcycles

    Starline model motorcycles

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    Decent models of classic motorcycles seem to be harder to find these days. So it was refreshing to stumble across Starline Models, a German company based in Nürnberg that produces a tempting range of vintage Moto Guzzi miniatures, plus an MV Agusta 750 S and… 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 »

  • BMW Haus des Motorrads

    BMW Haus des Motorrads

  • Chris Hunter Classic MotorcyclesRacing Motorcycles ,

    Karl Schwanzer’s iconic BMW Museum in Munich has been revamped by architects Atelier Brückner of Stuttgart. Floor space has increased five-fold, and there are now seven stunning exhibition houses covering 5,000m². The Haus des Motorrads is our favorite, of course. The official website is here… Read more »

  • BMW R1200R custom

    BMW R1200R custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    This heavily modified BMW R1200R is the brainchild of a former Lamborghini engineer, the magnificently named Pablo González de Chaves Fernández. The D1200R wraps BMW’s powerful boxer engine in a new chassis and bodywork, with an exhaust system taken from the incendiary HP2. The most… Read more »

  • BMW R75/5 Café Racer

    BMW R75/5 Café Racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Canadian Hector Catre sent us these pictures of his gorgeous BMW R75/5. He spent 700 hours restoring this classy café racer, which actually started life as a 1972 BMW R60/5 short wheelbase ‘Toaster’. The R75/5 was one of the lightest 750cc motorbikes of the early… Read more »