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1984 BMW R65 Café Racer – “The Wasp”

Posted on October 18, 2012 by Andrew in Café Racer. 39 comments

“Barn find,” they call them. And the ‘they’ in this case would be an American-dominated coalition of nations that do actually have barns. Which kind of leaves those in the world who don’t actually have barns as part of their local bucolic repertoire kinda in the lurch, don’t you think? Well, not being a nation of people who take these kind of things lying down, us Aussies refused to put up with second best and trumped the barn with a marvelous creation we call the “shed.” See, whereas a barn can contain many things that aren’t even remotely cool (take the humble yet smelly cow) the average Aussie shed will always have something cool it it. It’s the law in some states. Forget animals, ploughs, and nesting birds – sheds are much more likely to be inhabited with things like engine parts, bar fridges, welders and greasy tools. Oh, and BMW motorbikes, if Tony Botrall’s find is anything to go by…


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BMW RS09 Cafe Racer

Posted on August 17, 2012 by Scott in Café Racer, Racer. 87 comments

It’s hard to believe that when the Sydney Opera House was unveiled back in 1973, a lot of the public called it the ugliest building they had seen. Not that it was truly ugly, but because they hadn’t seen anything like it before. Now I’m not saying this BMW is the “Opera House” of the custom world. But I am saying you probably haven’t seen a K100RS like it. Roel Scheffers from the Netherlands is the man behind this unique Beemer. Roel has built many bikes over the years, usually streetfighters and choppers, so this build was a little left of field for him. As a kid he used to ride on the back of his Dads K100, so this model holds some special memories to him – he wanted to build something different while still keeping the soul of the K100, and we reckon that’s just what he’s done.


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’92 R80 BMW Brat Tracker

Posted on July 23, 2012 by Andrew in Brat, Tracker. 56 comments

Tasmania. Home of the Tasmanian Devil, some damn spectacular scenery, and the butt of some pretty unsubtle jokes from the rest of Australia. Americans have quips about “Southerners,” the English make the funnies about the ”Northerners,” and down here we mostly make jokes about Tasmanians. There’s no need to go into detail – you probably get the jist already. But here’s a bike that proves beyond any shadow of a doubt just what these islanders can do. See, they’ve taken a machine that was just about the best the mighty Deutschland could muster and then pushed it a whole lot further than most of us could ever manage. And when I say “they” I really mean the rather talented Nicholas Damen and his rather amazing Bee Emm brat.


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CRD #14 – BMW R75/5

Posted on May 6, 2012 by Scott in Brat, Scrambler. 47 comments

The guys from Spanish shop Café Racer Dreams are truly making a name for themselves on a global scale. The garage was born out of a lack of vintage custom shops in Spain and founder Pedro Garcia hasn’t looked back since opening its doors a few years ago. This is the first BMW to roll out of their small Madrid based garage and we love its stripped down simplicity. The bikes engine has been rebuilt with the expertise of Javier from Maxboxer who specialises in boxers. At this stage it’s still a work in progress but we definitely like where they are going with this project. Pedro tells us it should be complete by the end of next month so we’ll keep you posted. In the meantime there’s a solid build thread worth checking out on the CRD blog.


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1980 BMW R80/7 Café Racer

Posted on April 14, 2012 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. 32 comments

Darkness. Sweet bike. Expensive camera. Empty lot. What could possibly go wrong?

Here’s a encore bike from one Mark Byfield. He’s an owner/builder that caused quite a stir with his first bike, an faired ’85 R80 that would easily make our all-time top 10 list. This time he’s shaken things up a bit and gone with, erm, another R80. But has he ended up in a similar place? Hells no – for here we see not a beautiful, bare-bones faired racer but instead a caffed-out daily rider with a padded seat, a toaster tank, and some very exxy-looking front brakes. Mark seems to have a knack for making a lot out of a little cash and a large, overflowing bucket of DIY skills. Don’t you just hate him?


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BMW R100 Tracker – Fuel Bespoke Motorcycles

Posted on April 6, 2012 by Scott in Tracker. 14 comments

It’s always a Good Friday when we receive fine photographs of great bikes in the Pipeburn inbox. Like this recently completed beemer flat-tracker from our friend Karles over at Fuel Bespoke Motorcycles in Spain. Karles is also the man behind Scram Africa and has a serious passion for classic flat trackers and scramblers. It’s been almost a year since we posted Karles first bike, another BMW R100 tracker which was also a tribute to the flat trackers of old. After several months of hard work Karles is extremely happy with his latest project. “It has been a great challenge to complete the bike and a way to improve and continue learning in this addictive world of customization” he says. I have a soft spot for airheads and flat trackers, so for me this is the perfect combination.


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1974 BMW R75 – Krautmotors Street Tracker

Posted on February 12, 2012 by Scott in Tracker. 30 comments

When it comes to finding inspiration on building a custom motorcycle, most people search the internet, look in magazines or pray to a higher being to give them a brilliant idea. Not Rolf Reick from Germany. He was inspired by people telling him he couldn’t do what he always wanted to do — build a BMW using an old frame and a new engine. “I guess the overall motivation was that people told me it just wasn’t possible to build it like that” says Rolf. Rolf is a product designer and head of a private school for product design. Besides that he works as a freelance designer and also owns a clothing label called Krautmotors. So between doing all those things we have no idea how he has time to build so many amazing bikes. Like this one-of-a-kind ‘BMW Frankenstein’ Street Tracker…


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1983 BMW R65 “Veille École”

Posted on August 8, 2011 by Andrew in Café Racer. 39 comments

Here’s something you may or may not know, depending on your own, personal level of smart-ass-ed-ness. The current BMW logo has been developed over many generations of refinement to the point it’s at today – the familiar circle divided into blue and white quadrants. But do you know where it started? Here’s where; as a white spinning propellor against a blue sky. That’s right, a propellor. Motorcycles were essentially a sideline for the company after the treaty of Versailles banned Germany from making arms in 1918. Talk about making the best out of a poor lot. So almost 100 years later we find ourselves in Sydney with a Frenchman pondering just how to trick up his ’83 R65. Then in a moment of divine inspiration, he realises exactly what he should do. Behold the world’s first BMW motorbike decorated in the colours of the French Airforce. Vive la différence!


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1985 BMW R80 Café Racer

Posted on July 20, 2011 by Andrew in Café Racer. 26 comments

“BMW” – bitumen’s mostly wet…

As a hobby you’ve got admit that motorbikes are, all things considered, relatively cheap. It’s heartening that in this day and age you can still rock on up to your local Ducati store and buy an Italian two-wheeled Ferrari for a lot less than US$20,000. In fact the advertised price for Ducati’s top-of-the-line 1198 SP racer in North America is only a smidge under US$22,000. In the scheme of things, that’s a silly small price. A 2011 Ferrari 458 Italia would cost you ten times that amount, and I doubt that any of us would be willing to choose a single car over 10 new bikes – let alone 40+ second hand or vintage bikes.

Which brings us rather neatly to this little gem, aka Mark Byfield’s cafe’d 1985 BMW R80. With nothing but a bunch of hard work and a cash outlay of less than five Aussie grand, he’s managed to create a bike that looks like a million bucks and which rocks our boat a lot more vigorously than any four-wheeled Italian poseur-mobile ever could.


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BMW HP2 Sport “SpeedCruiser”

Posted on June 4, 2011 by Andrew in Other. 11 comments


OK. I’m not going to beat around the bush. Tomorrow is the big day. After three months of planning, tomorrow is the first annual Pipeburn Meat Burn & Burn. What the hell does this have to do with this beautiful motorbike we see before us, you ask? Well if you’d just have let me finish what I was saying I’d have told you that it’s now 11:00pm Sydney time and, quite frankly, I’ve gotta get some drool-on-pillow time if I’m going to ride my bike and stay awake tomorrow. Therefore this post is going to be brief. Real brief.


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