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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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1979 BMW R100/7 Blitz Street Tracker

Posted on March 24, 2011 by Scott in Brat, Tracker. 57 comments

A couple of months ago we featured a beautifully shot video of some French gentleman from Blitz Motorcycles in Paris cruising the country roads of France. The video caused quite a commotion with most people liking it, but we also had our fair share of haters — but as they say in France, “such is life.” Well, hopefully their latest creation, this rough and raw BMW street tracker will show you that these guys aren’t a “bunch of douche bag hipsters” but actually a group of quite talented builders putting out some really impressive bikes.


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BMW R80/7

Posted on November 11, 2010 by Scott in Brat, Classic. 14 comments

Adam Kay from the U.K. was looking for a donor bike that he could customize and ride everyday – he calls it his ‘midlife crisis’ project. After a little bit of research he came across Victory Motorcycles in Camden London. Rex the owner specializes in BMWs and classic British iron. “Rex had a R80/7 for sale so that’s what I got” said Adam. “The style of my custom came from looking at a racing Guzzi I saw on Bike EXIF. I did all the work myself under the guidance of Rex and as I only had two days a week that I could dedicate to the job, it took me 8 months to customize the R80/7″.


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1953 BMW R51/3 Cafe Racer

Posted on November 2, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 15 comments

Steven Whelan is an American living and working in Germany. Over the years he has amassed a motorcycle collection that Jay Leno would be envious of. Some of his bikes include a 1936 BMW R12, 1952 BMW R51/3, 1964 BMW R69S, 1950 Vincent Comet and a 1962 Triumph 6T Thunderbird that was restored as a copy of the Steve McQueen fence jumping German bike from the film “The Great Escape”.


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BMW R80 Cafe Racer

Posted on May 24, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer, Racer. 13 comments

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After two blown engines Englishman Chris Simpson decided to try and squeeze a R80 RT engine into his 1979 BMW R45 frame. “The powers that be said the engine wouldn’t fit, as you can see it obviously does” Chris explains. “The only engine mods were a lightweight flywheel and the air box was removed and replaced with a Bellmouths. It has custom stainless 2-1 exhausts with a stainless megaphone, fully custom sub frame with hidden battery under the seat pod, a large EARLS oil cooler from a Ford Cosworth.

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1983 BMW R80ST

Posted on May 10, 2010 by Scott in Other. 2 comments

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This awe-inspiring Rodney Aguiar custom BMW R80ST recently appeared at the Cycle World Motorcycle Show. Rodney is known for his work with Roland Sands and is also the builder of one of last years most spectacular bikes, the 1983 R80 Bobber. Rodney has really shown his fabrication skills on his latest BMW R80ST, custom building both frame and the “futuristic” sheet metal tank which fits snug over the almost stock 798cc airhead engine. The forks were taken from a Suzuki GSX R750 and the rear single sided swingarm is from a BMW R1100 Paralever. The exhaust is filtered through a set of FMF Suzuki RM 250 Silencers. The absence of a rear fender isn’t very practical but the illusion it creates of a floating wheel is magic. If you think this bike is creative you should check out Rodney’s website Propulsion Lab. Hint: If you want to find pictures of motorcycles on his website, try clicking on the face. [Found on Loudpop Voyager]

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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.


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