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BMW custom motorcycles

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

A few years ago, BMW dipped their toes into the enduro market with the G450X—but they’ve never created a bike to challenge the Triumph Scrambler. This new build from Max Hazan and The Mighty Motor shows what could have been—and it looks pretty good, doesn't it? Get the full story at

Master builder Fred Krugger is back, and look at what he's just created for BMW Motorrad France—an incredible rework of the K1600 tourer. Follow Bike EXIF on Instagram for a daily dose of machine like this:

The 2015 edition of the world's best-selling custom motorcycle calendar has just gone on sale. Here's one of the 13 stars of the Bike EXIF calendar, Bill Costello's stunning BMW R100 resto mod. Get your calendar (and a free $10 @RevZilla Gift Card) from

Just when you think you've seen it all, here's a BMW with a yellow engine. It's a 1977 R80/7 given a boardtracker flavor and a coat of RAL1016 paint on the motor. Top marks for originality to the Austrian garage Das Traumwerk.

Shiro Nakajima is no stranger to custom motorcycle fans. Under the Ritmo Sereno moniker, he’s built some of the most intoxicating custom BMWs and Moto Guzzis we’ve ever seen. Nakajima has just gone back to basics with a new shop, 46Works, and builds race-flavored customs that work on the track as well as on the road. This R nineT is bristling with lightweight parts that reduce the weight by around 30 kg.

The simple, organic designs of Hideya Togashi have been charming Japanese custom fans since 2003. For this custom BMW R Nine T, Togashi has taken a minimalist approach: The hand-beaten, unfinished aluminum bodywork is timeless and flowing, giving the R nineT a super-sleek look with a hint of 1970s GP bikes. See more images at

Go Takamine is one of the most influential motorcycle builders in the world. His shop, BratStyle, is synonymous with the look of new wave customs, and has spawned a thousand imitators. This is the R Nine T custom he's just built for BMW Motorrad Japan, and we've got the story behind the build at

For six months, four of Japan’s top custom workshops have been tearing down and rebuilding BMW’s R nineT roadster. This extraordinary machine comes from Cherry's Company: a brutal roadburner nicknamed Highway Fighter. See more pics and read the story at

After a breakdown in Africa, this R100 RS was shipped to Barcelona's Fuel Bespoke Motorcycles for a tracker-style rebuild. We reckon it's even better than the original—do you?

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. Follow us on Instagram for more great shots:

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