One of the most popular American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA) race series with fans was the Battle of the Legends, a partnership with BMW that had motorcycling legends face off against each other on identically-prepped BMW bikes. It ran from 1993-1997, and in 1994 the series utilized the R1100RS sport-tourer in a pearl white. The next year would also use the RS, but in purple. Here’s one of the ’94 bikes, and based on the fact that it was signed by Jay Springsteen I think it’s fair to assume that this was the one he campaigned.
Based on this story, it seems that Jay came in second overall in the ’94 BotL races. I’ve seen from different sources online that 10 racers competed but 16 bikes were built. Based on BMW’s standard practice with the BotL there would have been a few backups, but 6 is too many.
The RS was introduced in 1993 and it was the first BMW to utilize the Oilhead boxer motor (also called the R259). The BotL bikes were very similar to the production bikes – differences were limited to the paint and exhaust. These weren’t the fastest motorcycles that these legendary riders had ever raced, but the fact that each bike was identical meant the racing was close and enjoyable for fans.
This example (VIN: WB1041601R0311318) has 9,588 miles and features Jay’s signature on the tank. It’s said to have no scratches or damage but there’s definitely some minor spots of oxidization evident in the photos. The sale will include the OEM bags, a BotL video, and a signed BotL poster. The seller vaguely notes that “the front brake may need maintenance at some point.” Find this BotL BMW for sale in La Jolla, California for $2,500 or best offer here on Cycle Trader.
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