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BMW custom motorcycles

Heavenly airheads: a selection of the best custom and cafe racer motorcycles from BMW Motorrad.

This 1958 BMW R50 has been given a new lease of life by Tony Prust of Analog Motorcycles. And it looks even better than new.

There's a lot to like about this new BMW R100 from Cafe Racer Dreams — but it was the sublime Azul Petróleo paint that first grabbed me. I think it's my new favorite color.

After customizing bikes for nigh on 20 years, Unique Custom Cycles has a reputation most builders would die for. The Swedish company is known for its traditional chopper and drag racing builds, but its latest project—nicknamed The Stockholm Syndrome—is very different. It's a stunning cafe racer based on the new BMW R nineT.

Immaculate style from one of Germany's top custom bike builders, Urban Motor of Berlin. The brief from the client was for a "city-cruising-bobber-brat-style-Beemer" and this beauty is what they delivered.

Bill Twitchel and Matt Musial of Austin Paintworks, Texas, occasionally build special motorcycles. This is their latest, a humble BMW R60 transformed into a glorious Rennsport RS54 race replica. [Image by Jake Herrle]

French motorcycle builder Séb Lorentz is known for his quirky, oddball custom builds, and this BMW R60/5 is no different. “I was a bit tired of all the naked cafe and Bratstyle-lookalike custom bikes coming from everywhere,” he admits. “So I decided to look for another direction. I’ve always been in love with streamliner design on one hand, and ‘lead sled’ custom cars on the other.”

Kim Boyle of BCM readily admits that he's not the world's greatest fan of BMW airheads. But that didn't stop him building this amazing customized R100/7.

BMW R100/7 by Boyle Custom Moto | Bike EXIF

Here's the world's first (and probably last) “Bōsōzoku-Chopper-Racer,” from the Spanish workshop El Solitario. It's based on BMW's new R nineT roadster, and one of the most radical custom motorcycles we've ever seen. Is it brave? Or foolish?

El Solitario 'Impostor' BMW R nineT | Bike EXIF
  • Nick Newton

    Foolish. Looks dumb.

  • Tony Frucci

    Looks like it rode through a shopping cart.

  • David Hofmann

    hey chris - what is brave or foolish about a custom shopping cart? anyway - as paul d'orléans wrote at bike exif - they do not care what we think - i do not care what they do.

BMW's elegant sport-tourer R1200S has been given a radical makeover by the Spanish workshop Cafe Racer Dreams. It's one of the most brutal-looking customs we've ever seen.

BMW R1200S by Cafe Racer Dreams | Bike EXIF

A brand new R90S from an official BMW Motorrad dealer in the USA. Yes, you read that right.

The new 2014 BMW R90S | Bike EXIF

Who says custom motorcycles can't be practical? This mighty BMW R1100GS was built by Cafe Racer Dreams to tackle North Africa in style.

BMW R1100GS by Cafe Racer Dreams | Bike EXIF

The stubbiest BMW R90/6 you've ever seen? This 1974 airhead comes from South Africa, where they obviously do things differently ...

BMW R90/6 'Hustler' | Bike EXIF

This amazing BMW R100RS is the work of Japanese resto-mod specialists Ritmo Sereno. They reduced the R100′s weight from 242kg to just 190kg, ported and polished the engine, and fitted a 2-into-1 stainless steel exhaust system. The standard RS fairing has been trimmed for a sleeker profile. And it's now resplendent in a livery inspired by the BMW 3.5CSL Group 5 race cars of the 1970s. Want!

Top 5 BMW R-Series, Part Two | Bike EXIF

Bill Costello first made his mark on the world of classic motorcycles when he painstakingly restored his father’s 1958 BMW R50. This is his second bike build, an elegant yet functional, R100RT. This time round, Bill wanted to build a custom bike, rather than do a "factory restoration"—and wanted something he could use as a reliable daily runner.

Top 5 BMW R-Series, Part Two | Bike EXIF

Another hit from our round-up of the Top 5 BMW R-series customs: the @elyse w Racer Dreams Cream Motorcycles scrambler. See all the winners at

Top 5 BMW R-Series customs | Bike EXIF

We've picked out our five favorite custom BMWs, and this is one of them. ‘Mobster’ has a 1984 R80 engine in a R69S frame, with R50/5 forks and a rare Schorsch Meier fuel tank. Click through to see our other chosen builds.

A beautiful 1977 BMW R60/7 from ER motorcycles of Slovenia. A name to watch.

1977 BMW R60/7 :: ER motorcycles

The most audacious motorcycle launch of late has been the BMW R nineT. Who’d have thought that the clinical Germans would reveal a naked boxer with built-in options for customization? Even better, Ola Stenegärd’s design team have wasted no time in delivering pre-production models to selected custom builders. Here’s the first cab off the rank: ‘Track Grinder’ from Berlin-based Urban Motor.

BMW R nineT by Urban Motor | Bike EXIF

A very neat video greeting from BMW Motorrad—with an option to personalize and send to a friend.

Some custom motorcycles are so outlandish that they grab your attention immediately. Others are so understated and classy that, once you notice them, you can’t look away. Like this BMW R90/6 from the Spanish builder Cafe Racer Dreams.

Cafe Racer Dreams BMW R90/6 | Bike EXIF

Here's the latest custom from Paris-based Blitz Motorcycles: the Dead Ace, a 100% rebuilt BMW R75/6.

  • Major Bellendo

    More "magic" from the bearded Parisian wizards of the angle grinder.

Diggin' this slick 1979 BMW R80 'brat style' build from Tarmac Custom Motos.

BMW R80 | Tarmac Custom Motorcycles
  • Gerald M. Charles

    I like the way the tank colour "pops" against the black-out treatment on the rest of the bike. BMW tanks from this era were big in proportion to the rest of the bike which makes for an interesting German variation on the typically minimalist cafe theme.