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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?

Vintage Events at the BMW 100th Anniversary

BMW is celebrating its 100th Anniversary, and we are having a 10 day long party at Laguna Seca Raceway, in Monterey, California! Here are just a few of the events going on. Click the title above for more information!

Friday, Aug. 19, Jack Nicklaus Golf Resort: Legends of the Autobahn - come see Classic and modern examples from German automobile vintage engineering and BMW motorcycles. Entry is $20. Bring your own classic bike to show along with selections from Peter Nettesheim's collection and the famous BMW R7 prototype. To show a bike, you must contact with your name and bike year and model.

Wednesday, Aug. 24, Folktale Winery, Carmel Valley: BMW Concours d'Elegance sponsored by BMW CCA (automobiles) and VBMWMO (motorcycles). Free to view, $10 per motorcycle to show and be judged. (We are also looking for people to judge, too.) Purchase a bike entrance ahead of time from our online store.

Thursday - Sunday, Aug. 25-28, Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway: BMW RA's 100 Jahre Jubiläum - Seminars, vintage bike tent, and many other activities, with camping available. Get more information and preregister (at a discount for our members)!

Friday, Aug 26, Starting from Laguna Seca: A Vintage Ride to Lunch - buy a ticket from our online store or at the BMW RA 100 Jahre Jubiläum (see previous item) and enjoy a couple hours of riding on one of several routes in the California countryside; choose another one to return to Laguna Seca! The ticket gets you the routes and entry to a BBQ lunch with sides and drinks included.

Upcoming Rallies and Events

Diamond Don's near Jefferson Texas
Thu, 09/29/2016 - Sun, 10/02/2016
Union Bank, San Luis Obispo, CA
Thu, 10/06/2016 - Sat, 10/08/2016
Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, Alabama
Fri, 10/07/2016 - Sun, 10/09/2016
Maimarktgelände in Mannheim
Fri, 10/07/2016 - Sun, 10/09/2016
Luckenbach, Texas
Fri, 10/21/2016 - Sat, 10/22/2016
Entergy Texas Conroe Service Center
Sat, 12/03/2016

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.)


When I look through the Gallery, I see all kinds of beautifully restored bikes. What I don't see are bikes that were created from bits of nothing. I'm here to try to fill that void (some would say there isn't a void, at all).

I'll start with my most recent "completed" build (builds for me don't happen nearly often enough).



Could not resist this restoration project, as the engine, transmission, and final drive had been mechanically
restored by Craig "VECH" Vechorik-and the receipts were available from 2002-2003. Current restoration mileage on 52501X is about 485 original as of May, 2015. Tank by Bob Wark. Vech says its the nicest R-51 tank seen in a long while.


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.

V42N3 Fall 2015

Mailed August 8, 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:
   Friday, September 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: