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1951 TWN Triumph BDG 250

In England, Germany, Standard by Tom Wacker0 Comments

In 1886 Siegfried Bettmann founded Triumph Bicycle factory in Coventry, England. They would go on to make more than a few motorcycles, part of the fabric of motorcycle history. In 1896 Herr Bettmann founded another bicycle factory in his native Nuerenberg, Germany and it was also Triumph Bicycle. By 1902 Triumph (England) started making motorcycles and Triumph (Germany) started in …

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1953 NSU Lux

In Germany, Standard by Abhi0 Comments

Built between 1951 and 1956, the NSU Lux was a popular standard – 78,845 were built in those few years. That’s not a small number, but very few are currently in this kind of condition.

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Ending Soon – 1974 BMW R60/6 Tourer

In Germany, Touring by Abhi0 Comments

Between 1974 and 1976, BMW offered the “slash 6” generation of the boxer twin. The smallest was the R60/6, with a 599cc motor that produced 40 horsepower and 36 pound-feet of torque. That might not make it the most suitable option for a full tourer, but that hasn’t stopped a previous owner of this motorcycle, who equipped this with panniers, …

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17K Miles – 1984 BMW R65

In Germany, Standard by Abhi0 Comments

The R65 has been one of the less popular Beemers over the last few decades, and I couldn’t really tell you why. Is it the relative lack of power compared to the rest of the BMW family? If having “just” 50 horsepower isn’t a problem for you, this could be a fun runabout as it’s been kept in decent shape …

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10,564 Miles – 1984 BMW R65LS

In Germany, Standard by Abhi0 Comments

Between 1983 and 1985, BMW built a limited edition of their R65. Called the R65LS, it featured a polarizing front fairing that probably makes the bike look faster than the bike actually was. I dig the 80s look…you may not. This example has spent the last 28 years under a cloth cover in a heated basement, so it hasn’t covered …

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1973 Maico 400

In Germany, Off-Road by Tom Wacker0 Comments

In 1973 there were a couple of slogans regarding Maico dirt racers. “You are either riding a Maico or chasing one” and “Maico Breako”. Neither one was quite correct. There is no doubt that in the early 1970s that Maico along with Husqvarna and Bultaco were the big 3 of motocross. By 1973 the Japanese makers had improved enough to …

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2005 BMW 1150RT-P Police

In Germany, Less than 5k, Touring by Ted Clough0 Comments

Have problems with traffic, but don’t live in California and enjoy the advantages of lane-splitting? Here’s your answer. BMW has provided motorcycles for many state and local police units, and the R1150RT-P was a model purpose-built for Police use. The basic bike was a stock 1150RT, but it had several optional modifications to safety equipment (crash bars), storage(radio topbox), and …

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A Racing Legend – 1954 BMW Rennsport

In Germany, Race by Tom Wacker0 Comments

After WWII, BMW’s return to racing started slowly. In 1951 their first effort, called the Mustang, was a basic rework of their 1938 racing motor without the supercharger. They were not competitive. By late 1953 BMW brought out the 500 CC Rennsport (Racing Sport), a bevel gear driven dual overhead cam high compression racing motor that was very fast. Walter …

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Incredible Listing – 1975 Hercules W2000

In Germany, Standard by Abhi0 Comments

Post Listing Update: This W2000 did not meet reserve with 18 bids up to $8,201. One of my favorite eBay sellers is a gentleman in Chicago who a.) offers great bikes and b.) (more importantly) gives a lot of great information and photos in the listing. Here’s another excellent listing from him for a rare rotary motorcycle.