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BMW custom motorcycles

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

Meet Voltron, a BMW R69S propelled into the 21st century. Incredible work from Slovenia-based ER Motorcycles, one of the rising stars of the European custom scene.

The Madrid workshop Cafe Racer Dreams has just built its 50th bike—a remarkable achievement in the turbulent world of customizing. And like all CRD builds, this subtly modified BMW R69S just oozes quality.

The BMW R80 gets a double shot of café style. Tremendous work from new Munich-based shop Diamond Atelier.

Vintage BMWs and sidecars go together like fish and chips. This beautiful rig comes from South African BMW specialists Cytech, and pairs an R69S with a genuine 1950s Steib chair.

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:

A study in elegance and aggression: this is Ed Turner's BMW R65 cafe racer.

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.

A bike, a beach, and the Golden Hour. Wish you were there?

Sound engineer Daniel McNeill spent two years in a tiny shed building this 1973 BMW R75/5. Isn't it beautiful?

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