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BMW R75/5 Cafe Racer

Posted on January 24, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer, Racer. 6 comments

Chris Hodgson, owner of San Jose BMW (SJBMW) has been building and racing BMW’s for over 35 years. This stunning R75/5 Cafe Racer was built a couple of years ago when Chris discovered he “had enough spare parts to build a new airhead”- we wish we had enough spare parts lying around to build a bike of this calibre. That’s not to say that this bike was built overnight. It was a year in the making with Chris ensuring the bike was built to be period correct, either using vintage parts or having them custom made. The beautiful tank was pounded by Evan Wilcox to Chris’s pattern which was styled on the early British cafe racer tanks. Some other specs included Mikuni round slide carbs, Akront high shoulder wheels, drum brakes, old Ducati seat and exhaust pipe made by Swarbuck Racing. After the project was completed Chris said “we just had to race it – so off to Bonneville we went”. Not only did they race it, they got a new 750cc record – hitting a top speed of over 130 mph. Pretty impressive for a 750cc at 4600ft of elevation on a 100 degree day. For more shots of this awesome airhead now known as the ‘Bonneville Speeder’ check out SJBMW Racing or this link to see Chris with his pride and joy on the salt flats.

  • powermatic

    Beautiful bike-even that big old lump of a BMW twin looks good in the right setting. Love the exhaust also, though you’d have to spring for the optional Asbestos Heels on your SIDIs. The Bonneville provenance just adds to the whole picture. I’d have gone with an aluminum seat, but that’s just my German all-things-matchy heritage. Another great post.

  • Fantastic! I absolutely love the exhaust on this too (warm heels are good, right?), and pretty much everything else.

  • Scott

    Thanks guys. Yep, that custom tank sits perfectly over that big old engine .

  • Whoa!

    Just discover your blog..

    Fan of CR, I can tell you that your blog is one of the best!!

    Pure bikes for sure!

    ps : I’m french, shame on me! 🙂


  • Scott

    Thanks Jere. You shouldnt be ashamed of being french!

  • Boyds781

    I want the exhaust!!!  No … really …. I want the exhaust!