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1959 BMW R69

In Germany, Standard by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

These days, almost anyone can find a specific make and model listed for sale within minutes. What is significantly harder, and often takes weeks or months, is finding the right bike for you. Especially when it comes to classic bikes, the provided documentation can be the difference between a great investment and a never ending hellfire fueled by cash. This …

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Ending Soon – 1977 BMW R100RS

In Germany, Touring by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: Despite 75 bids up to $10,900, this RS did not meet reserve. The first year of BMW’s class-defining R100RS was 1977. Bikes built in the first model year was also known as the “RS77”, and they worth the distinction due to year-specific features like silver/blue paint, blue anodized calipers, and blue pinstriping. They’re rare enough, but this …

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No Reserve – 1975 BMW R90/6

In Germany, Standard by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This R90/6 sold for $4,050 after 58 bids on eBay. Between 1970 and 1973, BMW was producing its /5 motorcycle series with three displacement options of 500cc, 600cc and 750cc. The 70’s were a decade of modernity and development of power for motorcycle manufacturers and competition pushed BMW to make its 750cc engine grow to a 900cc …

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1987 BMW K100LT

In Germany, Touring by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

Ever since they introduced the R100RS, BMW has arguably invented and managed to stay at the top of the sport-touring bike segment. In the mid 80s, BMW wanted a bike that wouldn’t use the famous boxer engine. In fact, BMW was scared that the customers would get bored of the boxer, and without any other alternative in the BMW line, …

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Moto2 Tailed – Liberty Motorcycles 1986 BMW R80 Cafe Racer

In Cafe Racer, Custom, Germany by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

BMW’s R80 platform isn’t a particularly exceptional machine in any one department, however it’s nonetheless praised for being a generally well-balanced and versatile model. The bike was powered by an air-cooled, 797cc, four-stroke, OHV, Boxer twin that reportedly made around 50 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 42.78 ft-lbs of torque at 4,000 rpm. Introduced as the successor to the R75/7, …

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1981 BMW R80G/S Paris Dakar

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

Post Listing Update: This GS did not get any interest at the asking price of $14,979. In 1978, a French man named Thierry Sabine created one of the toughest and rally raids in the world: the Paris-Dakar. Racers have to find their way in arid and sandy deserts, making repairs when necessary. It is a test not just of pilot …

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1982 BMW R100RS

In Germany, Touring by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

Over a long and illustrious history, BMW has built the definitive example for many classes of motorcycles, such as how they created the adventure bike with the R80GS. The R100RS is another example, as it is a masterpiece that formed the baseline of what a sport touring bike could be.

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Rare German Find – 1964 Göricke-Werke GÖ 100/4 S

In Germany, Less than 5k, Small Displacement by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Despite existing for some 90 years, Göricke-Werke AG has only been heard of by a few riders. The company was first founded in Bielfeld, Germany on Christmas Eve of 1874, initially going under the name Maschinenfabrik August Göricke (translated from German as “August Göricke Machinery Factory”). In the beginning the German outfit focused primarily on sewing and milking machines, but …

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$395 – 1981 Kreidler MP-19

In Germany, Scooter by AbhiLeave a Comment

Founded in 1903, Kreidler was a metal/wire factory for nearly 5 decades before they started motorcycle production in 1951. They were immediately successful, as within 8 years they were producing one third of all German bikes. From the late 60s to the early 80s, Kriedler offered MF (mofas) and MP (mopeds) models, and the US got the MP-9 and the …

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German Military – 1944 DKW NZ 350-1

In Germany, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

In 1938, DKW released the NZ 350, and it was instantly a popular motorcycle. Almost immediately, the German Wehrmacht asked DKW to start prototyping a military version, which came to be known as the NZ 350-1 when it was released in the early 40s. 12,000 units were built between 1943 and 1945 – here’s one of the few examples that …

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2001 BMW R1150GS

In Dual-Sport, Germany by AbhiLeave a Comment

The GS has been a huge money maker for BMW, and it really took off in with the 1150. Many riders were inspired by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman’s Long Way Round, which ended up being quite an advertisement for BMW (and a decent-sized debacle for KTM).