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The VBMWMO Club has been serving BMW fans since its founding in 1972. We are a gathering place and information source for BMW Motorcycles from their inception in 1923 up until 1990 (our rolling 25 year limit). You can browse here freely, but consider registering in order to participate in our forums. Even better, why not join the VBMWMO in order to gain access to the club member-only areas of the forum and also receive our quarterly Classic BMW Motorräder magazine?



Upcoming Rallies and Events

Fort Douglas Miliary Museum, Salt Lake City, Utah
Sat, 05/09/2015
Lake Somerville, Texas
Fri, 05/15/2015 - Sun, 05/17/2015
Denton Farmpark, Denton, North Carolina
Fri, 05/15/2015 - Sun, 05/17/2015
Burkesville, Kentucky
Fri, 05/15/2015 - Sun, 05/17/2015
Hanford, California
Sat, 05/16/2015
Quail Lodge, Carmel, CA
Sat, 05/16/2015
Highpoint Farm, Clarskburg, Maryland
Sun, 05/17/2015
Foss Drugstore, Golden, Colorado
Sun, 05/17/2015

NOS (New On Site) Parts

Here are new or updated items on the website in the last two weeks. (This doesn't include forum postings, check there to see what's new.)


Rallies and Events
Sunday, July 19, 2015
Naunton Recreation Ground,

Sunday 19th July, 12-4pm

Awards for Best Pre-1940, pre-1970, pre-2000 cars; best commercial/utility/agricultural vehicle. Best in class pre- and post-war motorbikes, the car I most want to take home, best vehicle of the day.

To register your vehicle contact: mike.smith24@outlook.com, www.nauntonclassicandvintagetransportshowandfete.co.uk.

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1977 R100S (number 1 US bike 6160001) I'm the third owner.
1974 Norton Dunstall
1953 Norton ES2
1948 Vincent Rapide
K1600 GTL (Wheeee!)

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I have been riding BMWs for a while. I recently got interesed in Vintage Bikes. I recently found this "Studio Find" (I say "studio find" as it sat in a Movie Studio as a display for 15 years and had not been ridden for 7 years). I get this home find seven year old Gas (smelled like mix of turpentine and pickels, phew)amazingly the liner appeard to be in perfect condition.

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I completed a rebuild of this bike in about 18 months.

I wrote extensive technical documentation as I went which you can find here.

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1929 R62 Restoration.

April 2012.

Photo’s of other peoples bikes on the internet have helped me with this project. Maybe these will help someone else. As the restoration is ongoing I will occasionally update with more photo’s.

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This bike has just undergone a full restoration. It was bought about a year ago in a local private sale without much information about its history. I had intended to leave it in original condition and just ride it. The odometer showed about 11,000 miles.

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Current Classic BMW Motorräder Issue

As a club member, you can now view the entire Classic BMW Motorräder magazine in digital format; nonmembers will find a "sampler" magazine.

V41N1 Spring 2014 Issue

Mailed April 13th, 2015


Visit our R90S Specialty Content!

The VBMWMO has a specialty page just for the BMW R90S motorcycle -- take a look!

Also, if you're looking for more R90S info, you should visit the home page of the R90SWorldNet mailing list.


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   Monday, May 4th, 2015

Vintage BMW News

New Club Merchandise Now Available!

I would just like to take a moment here to mention that the club has got some new merchandise in stock! You can shop and buy in our online store, the button is near the top on the sidebar over there <--- to the left.

New Book Available on the BMW "King Cam" Works Racers

From shortly after their start of motorcycle production in 1923, BMW has been involved in racing. The machines used at this time were performance optimized and derived from the production vehicles.

The königswellen (OHC) machines of the 1930s and 1950s, however, were designed exclusively for racing.

Long Delayed Winter Issue About to Mail

The board of trustees of the club wants you to know that the long delayed Winter issue of Classic BMW Motorräder is today at the printers and should mail in a week or so.

37th Annual Mayday Madness

Classic Bike Show & Swap Meet, Sunday, May 26th, 2013
Stratham Hill Fairgrounds, Rt. 33, Stratham, NH

VBMWMO Board Shakeup

The last several weeks have been difficult for the club. President and Editor of Classic BMW Motorräder, the club's magazine, Jeff Yost, has had to resign his positions due to his health. As you may have read in his column in the Summer 2012 issue, he has been diagnosed with Hepatitis C, which he was infected with as a result of a blood transfusion he had in 1974.

A Gift to VBMWMO iPad Users from BMW Motorcycle Magazine

Sandy Cohen, editor of BMW Motorcycle Magazine, has made a generous offer to 10 VBMWMO members who use an iPad. She says:

Happy Holidays to all our friends in the riding community!

BMW and VBMWMO Member Win Awards at Pebble Beach



Famous BMWs took 1-2 at the Pebble Beach Concours this year. BMW AG continued a streak of wins with the unique R7 prototype, beautifully restored by a team of star restoration experts assembled for the project. Last year, as we reported, the R7 won a prestigious award at the Amelia Island Concours. You can read BMW's press release here.

In addition, VBMWMO founder and member #2, Jeff Dean, came second with his beautifully and painstakingly restored 1954 R68. The restoration, carried out by renowned restorer Tim Stafford of San Diego, has been seen at the Quail Lodge Motorcycle Gathering and is absolutely stunning.

Another exciting year at Bonneville!

2012 Speed Week is underway, and Kevin and Barbara Brooks of Olympia are campaigning their vintage BMWs in many classes:

  • 250 single.
  • 250 sidecar.
  • 350 (yes! 350!).
  • 500.
  • 650.
  • 650 sidecar.

They are aiming to set many new speed records. Barbara is tweeting the proceedings as the action unfolds.

Follow the tweets: https://twitter.com/brooksmotorwks




Photo © Ian Schmeisser

Read Darryl Richman's Cannonball Blog

VBMWMO VP and Webmaster Darryl Richman has entered the 2014 Motorcycle Cannonball event. Here are the most recent posts: