1976 BMW R75/6

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Bill Kniegge's 1976 BMW R75/6.
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Bill Kniegge's 1976 BMW R75/6.
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The license plate on Bill Kniegge's 1976 BMW R75/6.
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Cylinders and pistons from an R100 boost the original R75’s displacement from 745cc to 980cc, while modified R90S front forks with dual disc brakes maintain control.
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Cylinders and pistons from an R100 boost the original R75’s displacement from 745cc to 980cc, while modified R90S front forks with dual disc brakes maintain control.
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Bill Kniegge's 1976 BMW R75/6.
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Bill Kniegge's 1976 BMW R75/6.
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Like his uncle with his BMW, Bill built his Beemer to ride — and ride it he does.
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Gentleman’s express: Bill Kniegge’s revamped Boxer is a serious cruiser.
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Bill Kniegge, then 11, on his uncle’s BMW in 1956. Although he wouldn't realize it until much later, that one brief impression inspired Bill to build Old 'N Fast.

What motorcycle seeds do we plant with our actions? What dreams do we inspire with our deeds? And how long might they lie dormant before growing from an idea into a reality?

Sometimes these actions are obvious, but sometimes they’re not. In the case of Bill Kniegge, it took the chance finding of an old family photo lost decades earlier to realize why he built “Old ’N Fast,” his BMW R75/6.

Never a dull moment

It’s always an adventure with Bill, and as I chase him along the roads that connect our homes, today is no exception. A veteran of the motorcycle industry with stints at Husqvarna, Bell and ATK, he’s also the man behind Blue Strada Tours in North Carolina.

Bill is riding my Triumph Streetfighter, a modified 1997 T595 that looks like it’s breaking the law standing still. I’m in the saddle of his highly modified 1976 BMW R75/6. Twisting the somewhat heavy throttle to keep him in sight, I’m impressed and surprised in equal doses how well the old Beemer handles the twisting road — and the confidence it inspires.

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