In 2012, the staff at Motorcycle Classics aimed to turn a tired 1974 BMW R90/6 into something cooler than what left the factory. These videos walk you through some of the adventures in this restoration.
It’s been 90 years since the first BMW – the R32 494cc boxer twin – rolled out of the BMW factory in 1932, and to celebrate we’re encouraging all BMW owners to bring their Beemers to Barber and join us at the Motorcycle Classics tent.
The Vintage Motorcycle Festival at LeMay – America’s Car Museum (ACM) has named BMW Motorrad as featured marque for the August 24-25, 2013 motorcycle event in Tacoma, Wash. The decision to feature the Munich-based motorcycle manufacturer coincides with the 90th anniversary of BMW Motorrad.
Who tours on old – read Classic – bikes these days? I may be a salmon swimming against the motorcycling stream, as my wife and I ride a 28-year-old 1983 BMW R100RS. We bought the bike as newlyweds, kept it when the kids were growing up, and have just kept riding it as it is now a member of the family. Admittedly it is fairly well cared for, and has somewhat low miles at around 88,000. We still like it, so we’ve kept it, maintained it, and ride it! Fact of the matter is, it’s only been in the last four years that we have ventured over 300 miles from home. We are making up for lost time!
Vintage BMWs can be made much better than new in so many ways and still retain the exact same appearance externally. A vintage BMW that accelerates harder, stops better, has better road holding, 12-volt electronic digitally controlled ignition and 150-watt alternator to power real lights AND an electric vest to keep you warm on those brisk fall and spring rides! And the only external indicator that all these attributes are hidden inside waiting for you is the 12-volt battery. What's NOT to like?! So what has this got to do with racing at the Bonneville Salt Flats? A Lot!
Wandering through eBay this week has presented me with an unusual dilemma: To share, or not to share? The answer is obvious, but if this well-kept BMW R75/5 doesn't wind up in good hands, I just know I'll regret it. Despite the urge to feature another bike and do my best to pick up this bike for myself, we present the pick of the week, a lovely 1970 BMW R75/5 that appears to be in great original condition.
One of the coolest bikes on eBay this week is this highly customized 1975 BMW R90S. Complete with a front fairing from a Ducati 900SS, Tarozzi clip-ons and rearsets, VDO gauges and more, this is one custom job we'd be proud to own.
Have you always wanted a R90S but couldn’t stomach dropping serious money on one? Or have you always wanted an R90S to really ride and tour on, not one to polish and only pull out when the weather is right? Then this may be the R90S for you.
We'll admit it right up front: We're suckers for Airhead BMWs of all ages and sizes. And while the /5 models (i.e. the R50/5, R60/5 and R75/5) are some of our favorites, a nice /2 can be even harder to pass up. This week this gorgeous Dover White R60/2, complete with period saddlebags, has grabbed our attention and just won't let go.
If you’ve been lucky enough to be exposed to classic motorcycles for any length of time, particularly classic European motorcycles, you’ve probably come across some of the books written by Ian Falloon. An internationally recognized authority on motorcycles, Falloon writes for magazines around the world. Although he trained at one time to be a symphony oboist, that career was derailed following a motorcycle accident. Rough for him, but good for the rest of us, who have benefitted greatly over the years from his change in career.
As summer begins to wind down a bit, our thoughts begin to change from week-long tours to perfect Sunday cruises. Several of us around here have had the chance to live with and enjoy BMW R75/5s over the years, and though they made and sold plenty of them in the U.S., prices seem to be rising steadily, making now the time to get your hands on one before they're all tucked away.
Meet the American who is devoting himself to the restoration of classic BMW motorcycles. Originally published as "Peter Nettesheim and Classic BMW Motorcycles" in the January/February 2007 issue of Motorcycle Classics Magazine.
This week's eBay highlight is a neat one. We're big fans of old airhead BMW's around here, and though we see a lot of them online, it's pretty unusual to see one with this many cool period accessories on it. This 1960 BMW R60/2 looks to be in great running shape and has a sweet Avon fairing, Buco bags and more.
This week's cruise through eBay resulted in a few finds that got us a little hot under the collar. First there was a little 250cc MV Agusta we could see ourselves riding in the next Giro. Then there was 1964 Honda CB77 Superhawk bobber that caught our eye as something delightfully different. But in the end, we settled on a bike that's not flashy, not particulary fast and one that appears to be very near stock. Yes, it's a 1976 BMW R90/6.
Looking back, high summer equates to rally season. Whether you ride a Vespa or a Ducati, there will be a rally somewhere for your chosen mark. With all of this in mind, and the hopes of finding some riding pants that fit, we (my trust R80G/S and I) pointed south in mid July for the BMWMOA National rally in Vermont.
In the wake of the postponement of the 4th Annual Legend of the Motorcycle Concours d’Elegance, Bonham’s, which has held a very successful, high-profile auction at LOM for the past three years, has announced The Quail Motorcycle Gathering classic motorcycle auction to fill the void created by the cancellation of this year’s Legend show at Half Moon Bay, Calif.
Going to Vintage Motorcycle Days in Lexington, Ohio this summer? Want to be involved in what's sure to be one of the neatest events we've heard of in awhile? Read on, and see if you've got the right bike to take part in a special celebration that the AMA is planning to celebrate its 85th Anniversary.
Subconsciously, I have been arguing with myself for some time in an attempt to justify the purchase of a newer machine. After all, my ‘new’ bike is now 25 years old. Neither of my bikes is speedy, and many things need adjusting – frequently.
Like changing clothes to suit the season, my bikes take on new persona to match the changing times – but the bottom line always remains the same. Satisfying and safe riding on a compliant and willing machine - wherever the road might take me.
I like sidecars. They are unwieldy, awkward, off-centre, totally unique, and loads of fun! For years I had harboured a half-formed and totally un-researched notion that involved a sidecar rig, a long trip and my German Shepherd dog. This idea gradually took on a life of its own, not-withstanding the minor problems of not owning a sidecar rig and never having driven one!
There never was any concrete plan to restore or resurrect abandoned and abused air-heads, but somehow for the past six years, my garage has become a winter workshop. Let me hastily add that I make no claims to being a mechanic. I just can’t stand the sight of an otherwise lovely old boxer resting derelict under a pile of accumulated debris. It must be rescued!
Before we started this whole blogging/e-newsletter business, we figured it’d be fun and easy. Fun it is, and assuming you don’t have a gazillion other things to do, sure, it’s easy. Ahh, but there’s the kicker, because with everything else going on around here, it seems I can barely stay one step ahead of our publishing deadline, let alone stay on top of a blog. I needed relief: Enter the newest member of the Motorcycle Classics blogging family, Alison Green.
One of the most loved BMW’s of all time, the R90S, with its signature half fairing, is a great classic bike to own and ride today: So great, in fact, that it was the bike we here at Motorcycle Classics featured on the cover of our Premiere Issue in the fall of 2005.
When it comes to classic bikes, everyone has their preferences. Some like 'em loud and obnoxious, others quick and stealthy, and some just like the ones that work really, really well. The latter crowd is often drawn to BMW's due to their understated yet solid design, and if you've ever had a chance to ride a BMW from the Fifties or Sixties, it is likely an experience you'll remember for quite awhile.
Dennis Gage, the handlebar-mustachioed host of Speed TV's My Classic Car, has been lighting the old car world on fire with his passionate discourse on classic cars and the classic car scene for the past ten years. But these days, classic bikes are what really "move" Gage.