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‘75 BMW R75/6 – Kingston Customs


Posted on October 2, 2013 by Andrew in Bobber, Classic. 33 comments

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You’ve got to admit, when it comes to balls-to-the-wall cool shit, the Germans definitely punch above their weight. They kicked the modern world off to a great start in 1885 with the car, and they pretty much haven’t looked back since. Computers, rockets, jets, helicopters, the machine gun and of course the motorcycle; all realised by our industrious little Deutsch buddies. Which brings us to our latest feature bike. It’s not only based upon one of the nicest bikes to ever come out of Germany, but it’s been suitable modified by one of the country’s premier custom bike builders. A perfect storm of mutterland genius? We’d like to think so. Introducing the latest build form Kingston Custom – their bobbed ‘75 R75/6.

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“I’ve always wanted to create a BMW in a Kingston style,” says Kingston Custom’s leiter, Dirk Oehlerking. “BMWs of this era have a completely independent and unique species that really appeal to me. In my head, I could see a sleek, flat custom bobber with a look that is really sleek and minimal.
 To build great bikes you need a vivid imagination, creativity, perfect technique and above all you need passion. The bikes I have been building for decades always have my personal touch. I try to make the bikes unique by adding my own personal touches.”

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“So then one day I had a BMW R75/6 1976 in front of me – or more correctly, I found one in at a local BMW dealer. The bike was built in 1976 and it’s condition was pretty good, as were the mechanicals. I had the vision to build a bobber, and now I had to make it a reality. I started with a full engine rebuild and glass bead blast. I then cleaned up the frame and re-welded the shock mounts.

Next I moved onto the wheels, which were also blasted and then respoked. Then the seat, which I made especially to fit the frame, as well as myself. Then the discs were punched and I added a few other Norton accessories to it, which I’ve detailed below. The speedo was particularly difficult to place, but one I’d chose the Yamaha tank, the placement was pretty obvious. I finished it off with a set of Metzelers with a ME 33 100/90-19 on the font and a ME 77 4,00-18 at the back. Then she goat a coat of paint – I want something classic and thought that a dark red with gold striping would do the trick… and I think it really did.”

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“Other finer points include rear Sachs Hydrocross 420mm shocks, a complete rewire, an exhaust from Norton, a rear fender from us, a tank from a Yamaha 50cc SF, a Bates headlight and Tarozzi footpegs. We all really hop your readers like it. As for the future, our next projects are an NSU, a Triumph and a Honda CX 500 Turbo, with a new turbo from a Smart car.”

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We don’t know about you, but that’s just about the best use of a Smart car since some lunatic popped a Hayabusa engine into one. Can’t wait to see the results – stay tuned for the full story when Dirk’s done.

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  • T3L

    The machine gun was invented by Hiram Maxim from sangerville maine

  • brad barber

    That is a beautiful build.

  • bjax

    Love it. It looks as harmonious as a bike built 50 years ago, and perfectly rideable. A great showcase for that weird (face it) blocky boxer twin, which I I love.

  • Roofie

    German Ubermenschen are superior to us.

    • David

      idiot.

  • revdub

    Very simple and very classy. I really like the paint and overall stance. The seat is great as well. Beautiful bike.

  • Bradley Callan

    why does it have rear sets?

    everything else is perfect.

    • arnold

      Beautifully done.I agree with Bradley though, a rider would show another level of the build; rider position.

    • 949FXDF

      My thoughts exactly. So almost perfect. I guess if it fits the owner, though, that’s what matters. It’s not production so the fact that my 34″ inseam would have my knees in agony means nothing, and it would be easy enough to install mids if it came down to it.

  • Tanshanomi

    I just wish it had a front fender.

    • ccc40821

      Front fenders are overrated. With a bike like this you bolt on a front fender if there’s risk of rain on your planned ride (or you use your other bike, if you have one). I ride front-fenderless, and on the occasions where rain surprised me, duct tape around the fork legs and scraping the tyre got 95% of the water that’d otherwise fly my way.

      • Gary

        Not having a front fender is overrated imho.

        I love this build though, it’s beautiful.

  • Chris

    Not forgetting starting two World Wars and being responsible for the deaths of tens of millions of people…

    • RATBURL

      Oh yeah! We forgot about that.

    • Kenny

      Really? Then may I ask where you are from so we can start a proper mudslinging contest.

  • RATBURL

    Nice!

  • benthic

    so how far can this be ridden? I’d guess about 30 miles or less with that gas tank and how it is probably hollowed out to hid all the electronics…

    • ccc40821

      6.5 litre capacity, 20 km/l (50 miles per US gallon) = 130 kilomtres before coughing to a stop. Would probably have mentioned it if the tank had been reworked to house electrics. (Dirk, are you reading this?)

      • benthic

        I would be astounded if that bike got 50mpg. I didn’t notice anything about engine mods, but assuming stock performance, 50mpg would be the max and considered excellent consumption. I can’t tell from the photos, but the coils have to be somewhere – stock position is under the tank, but the leads don’t seem to go there, and the brake MC should be under the tank if I’m reading the photos right. There’s also misc other elect. bits and bobs that i’m very curious to know where they are…

        • ccc40821

          50 mpg was the norm for my Sportster and for my wife’s BMW boxer, both at regular riding and when touring. Nothing special really, but I know modern cruisers do a lot worse. Ridden very, very carefully (happens sometimes, usually when I’m on reserve and out in the middle of nowhere) my ’75 XS650 will do better than 60 mpg.

  • BoxerFanatic

    great looking airhead BMW.

    Only thing I would change would be some sort of moderate to minimal front fender to match the rear. shocks match the forks, both tires may as well have some fender coverage.

  • 3s and 7s

    Love the rear view. Narrow, narrow, then cylinder heads. Something just oddly right about that.

  • Jed

    Great lines.

  • emeglasson

    Best looking beemer I’ve ever seen. Nice.

  • gerard

    Very nice bike, simple, but very well dimensioned. In going further (if needed) with retro, I would like to add, a hand gear option, making it a little more ‘mechanistic’.

  • metricwrench

    Honestly the nicest BMW I’ve ever seen. This and the Wilkinson Bros R75/6.

  • Phooey

    I work for BMW Motorcycles and if we built this now, wow! what a seller this would be.
    The customers would have to get in-line behind the staff!

  • aircraftmech

    What a beautiful bike, I’d love to have it.

  • Love the rear shocks.

  • John Cook

    Beautiful, however it is an art piece, not something you and the voluptuous new girlfriend will take to the nude beach on a first date.

    Whars d’rear seat? Yuh ferget sompin important there, Buckwheat? Oh, Ah git it, it ain’t fer ridin’–so what the damn good is it then?

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