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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 1991 (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

Mariposa County Fairgrounds, California
Thu, 05/26/2016 - Mon, 05/30/2016
Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, Greenwich, CT
Fri, 06/03/2016 - Sun, 06/05/2016
Huntington Beach Central Park
Sat, 06/04/2016 - Sun, 06/05/2016
National Motorcycle Museum, Anamosa, Iowa
Sat, 06/04/2016
Sebastopol, CA
Sat, 06/04/2016
Sebastopol, CA
Sat, 06/04/2016
Harskamp, The Netherlands
Fri, 06/10/2016 - Sun, 06/12/2016
Schaumburg Convention Center, Schaumburg, IL
Fri, 06/10/2016 - Sat, 06/11/2016

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.)


This it's what my BMW, looks after a good winters work.
I preregistrate my BMW on the same day 80 yeas after the first registrate in Norway.
I have the dynamo and a broken crankshaft after the orginale R-17 engine, so I need some parts to get it back to the orginal.



I own three BMWs: 2005 R1200GS for touring. 1971 R75/5 for errands and occasional touring. 1953 R25/3 in progress.


Rallies and Events
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Sebastopol, CA

Brent Hansen of along with Sue are hosting their annual BMW get together and BBQ on Saturday, June 4th from 11am to 4pm. No campout this year because the backyard is all ripped up, but hoping to get a crowd to kick tires and talk bikes. There will be snacks, beverages (adult and otherwise), and lunch around 2pm.


Rallies and Events
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Sebastopol, CA

Brent Hansen and Sue Fritzke are hosting our annual BMW get together and BBQ on Saturday, June 4th from 11am to 4pm. No campout this year because our backyard is all ripped up, but hoping to get a crowd to kick tires and talk bikes. We'll have snacks, beverages (adult and otherwise), and lunch around 2pm.

RSVP Brent or Sue at or 707-823-5494.


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.

V42N1 Spring 2015 Issue

Mailed January 19th, 2016

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.

Site last updated:
   Monday, May 30th, 2016

Vintage BMW News

Johanna Quandt Passes

On August 6th the New York Times reported an obituary for Johanna Quandt, who, along with her two children, control nearly half of the stock of BMW AG.

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.

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: