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2001 BMW R1200C Montana

In Cruiser, Germany by AbhiLeave a Comment

First shown to the world in the 1997 Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies, the BMW R1200C was Germany’s attempt to break into the cruiser market. There was a lot to like about it objectively, however American riders never fell in love with the distinct styling and the non-V-Twin motor.

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307 Miles – 2011 BMW S1000RR

In Germany, Sport by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

The BMW S1000RR needs no introduction. Thrust upon the world in 2009, when I thought a CBR1000RR was the pinnacle of manhood and Ducati still made the 1098, it immediately changed game both on the street and the track. Included electronics didn’t just function for marketing purposes, but actually worked well individually and as a package. They allowed even the …

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1977 Maico MC400 AW

In Germany, Off-Road by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

Maico was a German manufacturer that gained notoriety in the 1960s for building two stroke rocket ships designed to carry you through any terrain you might encounter on your way to the finish line. The 400cc two stroke engine coupled with the upgraded long travel suspension after 1974.5 was a force to be reckoned with at the starting gate, capable …

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1990 BMW R100GS Paris-Dakar

In Dual-Sport, Germany by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

In 1980, BMW released the R80GS, confirming their ability to upset the market with truly innovative bikes that would set standards in several segments of the market. In 1987, BMW went one step further in the development of the most successful big trailie and released the R100GS and its premium version, the Paris-Dakar.

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Hans Muth – 1982 BMW R65LS

In Germany, Standard by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

During the 70s, BMW’s most important mission was to develop alternative machines to the big 4-cylinders released by the Japanese makers. Nonetheless, the German brand also competed in the middle-size market, releasing in 1978 the 650cc R65. By 1983, one of BMW motorcycle’s mightiest designers (Hans Muth) designed a particular body for this bike, which would result in the creation …

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In Canada – 2000 BMW C1

In Germany, Scooter by AbhiLeave a Comment

At the turn of the century, BMW thought they could get more people on scooters by eliminating some of the weather and safety concerns. Their idea was the C1, a scooter with a roof and seat belts. With sufficient crash testing, BMW was able to convince most countries (except Sweden and the United Kingdom) that C1 riders did not have …

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2007 BMW R1200S

In Germany, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This R1200S did not meet reserve despite 20 bids up to $5,334.55. “Born in heaven, raised in hell.” That was one of the slogans BMW used when they introduced the R1200S, an evolution of the R1100S that fell much more on the ‘sport’ side of the sport-touring equation. It was the sportiest boxer twin BMW had ever …

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Restored – 1973 Maico 501

In Germany, Off-Road by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This Maico did not meet reserve despite 18 bids up to $7,900. When it was released, the Maico 501 featured the largest two-stroke single cylinder engine ever stuffed into a production bike. The press ate it up, though racers were actually able to go faster on the 400s and 450s. But for pure ‘shock and awe’ purposes, …

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Bumblebee – 1988 BMW R100GS

In Dual-Sport, Germany by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

In 1980, BMW released the R80GS, the first dual-sport motorcycle with a large engine that was comfortable and could perform in the city as well as in the dirt. It still stands as a reference today. In 1987, BMW went one step further in the development of their most successful trail model and released the R100GS.

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1975 BMW R75/6

In Germany, Standard by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This /6 was pulled off of eBay, final sale price unknown. In 1974, BMW logically replaced the /5 series with the /6, which lasted until 1976. There were no huge differences, the new series still featured the mighty flat-twin engine and the same kind of look. After the success of the R75/5, BMW still had to innovate …

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Well Preserved – 1982 BMW R65LS

In Germany, Less than 5k, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This R65LS sold for $4,999 after 19 bids on eBay. 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. Whether or not you care for the …

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Daytona Orange – 1981 BMW R100RS

In Germany, Touring by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

While the Japanese manufacturers started to dominate the motorcycle industry in the 70s, BMW was one of the only brands that managed to innovate while keeping, and even gaining, market share. A major reason to that success is that BMW was not obsessed by competition, instead they simply tried to produce innovative motorcycles with exclusive designs.

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1955 Zundapp KS601 Sport with Steib Sidecar

In 3 Wheels, Germany by AbhiLeave a Comment

In 1951, Zundapp introduced their last big bike – the KS601 (Kardan Sport). It got plenty of positive attention from the press, but Zundapp’s sales couldn’t compete with offerings from BMW. To combat this they expanded to a Sport model (with 34 horsepower, 6 up from the standard) and even offered multiple colors.

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R9T Cafe Kit Prototype – JVB Moto’s “Two” BMW R nineT Racer

In Custom, Germany by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

About a year ago, Germany’s JVB Moto unveiled a beautiful one-off BMW R nineT build exhibiting a collection of bolt-on kit parts. This was the Cologne-based shop’s first collaboration with BMW Motorrad, and the Bavarian brand’s first officially commissioned R9T Scrambler build. Fast forward to Spring of 2018 and JVB debuted yet another R nineT build, this time setting its …