We have seen this beautiful BMW concept brought back to life on lots of sites recently. It’s the 1934 BMW R7 prototype designed by engineer Alfred Böning. After living in a box all these years it has recently been restored to its former glory by a team of BMW restorers. Unfortunately they never went into production of this bike. God only knows why? (even he may be confused). The story goes that this art deco masterpiece would have been too heavy and too expensive to manufacture. To say this bike would have been a classic is an understatement. We still can’t believe it was created over 70 years ago… that’s timeless design. For more pics visit Retro Things.
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Last September Gateway BMW bought a sorry looking 1988 R100RT and Ryan Manley (pictured) was given the job to transform the R100 into a beautiful cafe racer. The silver tank and seat with black frame, wheels and final drive is a great look. We also dig the new exhaust pipes on it. They are EMGO universal Shorty pipes, which apparently can be heard over a Harley. The seat is not finished in this pic but you can see it on the Gateway BMW site, plus all the details on the build. The bike has been sold to some lucky bastard and I’m sure he hasn’t stopped grinning.
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Richard from Sweden’s Richard Garage is an amazing BMW motorcycle restorer. We all love before and after shots, and this is one of the best I’ve seen. The 1952 BMW R25/2 motorcycle, was found in a garden where it had stood for 42 years, only covered with a oil cloth. That’s Richard standing with the bike when he found it. The stunning white BMW motorcycle is what he turned it into after lots of hard work. Respect.
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This guy from Britian’s Flat Racer loves his BMW Cafe racers. He has some beautiful bikes for sale on his website. Looks like he has a great eye for classic Cafe Racer lines. Love the detail, right down to the positioning of that BMW badge.
Yesterdays is a place in the Netherlands that specializes in antique motorcycles. They have a range of bikes from 1900’s to the 1950’s. I prefer the 1950’s end like the Nortons and BMW’s but its interesting looking at all the beautiful bikes of the past on their website. For all my American readers they even have some old Harleys and Indians. They do ship worldwide if you see a bike you have to have…
BMW has unveiled a really nice new concept bike called the Lo Rider. One of the goals of this concept is to custom fit man and machine. Going well beyond accessories, the Lo Rider will offer a huge choice of components other than engine and chassis. Each bike can be customed straight from the factory. Great concept, hope they actually make it! Click here if you want to see the vid.
Wow, these bikes are sweet. Ritmo-Sereno is a japanese custom bike shop turning vintage european bikes into awesome cafe racers. Its not often you see many european cafe racers in japan. Not with all the Yamaha’s and Kawasaki’s over there. They also have a great collection of used bikes on their website. Helps if you can read Japanese though. Toire wa doko desu ka?