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BMW custom motorcycles

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

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BMW custom motorcycles

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Well, we didn't spot this one coming. Avon Tyres gets into the custom game—and delivers one of the most extreme Beemers you'll ever see.

The Slovenian workshop ER motorcycles has just released a new BMW build, 'Thompson.' And yes, that's a reference to the infamous submachine gun favored by criminals. Click through for the unusual story—plus ER's typically terrific images in high resolution.

Despite the flood of BMW customs hitting the streets, certain workshops can be counted on to consistently produce good examples. Like Café Racer Dreams—who’ve shown their prowess yet again with this elegant 1984-model BMW R100.

Très Chic: Café Racer Dreams' BMW R100 | Bike EXIF
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Word on the street is that BMW will soon launch a scrambler version of the R nineT. Here's what it could look like.

The BMW scrambler, Italian Style | Bike EXIF
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Classic BMWs are often defined by their distinctive tanks. Now Deus Customs has hooked up with BMW Motorrad to build the granddaddy of them all.

The Heinrich Maneuver: R nineT by Deus Customs | Bike EXIF

Many custom motorcycle builders didn’t start out as such. Tim Harney’s one of them: in his past life, he worked as an industrial designer for architecture, furniture and lighting design firms. Tim’s since focussed his keen sense of aesthetics onto customizing bikes. This 1976 BMW R75/6 is his latest work—and we’re smitten with its functional yet charming vibe.

Funktional: Tim Harney's no-frills BMW R75/6 | Bike EXIF

We're huge fans of the auto site StanceWorks. Main man Mike Burroughs has now pointed his lens at motorcycles, and chosen the perfect subject: ace restorer Brandon Mungai of Bavarian Cafe. Enjoy.

Bavarian Cafe: For The Love Of BMW Airheads | Bike EXIF

Drag King: Séb Lorentz's "Sprintbeemer" racebike is certifiably insane. After winning the hotly-contested Glemseck festival sprint races, the bike is now sporting a NOS injection system for even more power. We've got exclusive images, the full specs and the build history at

Drag King: Taking the Sprintbeemer ‘Furtherer’ | Bike EXIF

We've heard of customs being built under trying circumstances, but this one is off the scale. Meet Jeff Veraldi, who transformed his BMW K100 into a cafe racer while recovering from a broken back.

They didn't have GoPro cameras a hundred years ago. But a vintage Leica is far more stylish anyway. It's just one of the very, very strange details on this desert-ified BMW by the surrealist Austrian workshop Traumwerk. See them all at

‘Oxblood’ is a color that seems to be everywhere these days—from motorcycle jackets to helmet liners. So the lads at Urban Rider decided to use it for their newest build, a very classy ex-Police BMW R80. Quite arresting, don't you think? For more great shots, head over to

At the Osaka Motorcycle Show, BMW Japan has just thrown the wraps off two extreme customs based on the K1600 GTL. That’s the range-topping luxury tourer, a road-going spaceship powered by a 1649cc inline six—and probably packed with more electronics than any other motorcycle on the market today. This creation is called 'Juggernaut' and comes from industry legend Keiji Kawakita of Hot Dock Custom Cycles. Click through for more images and the full build story.

You probably know Fuel Bespoke Motorcycles​ for their tough, functional scramblers and trackers. This BMW R65 is a spectacular departure from the Barcelona workshop's usual style, and we're loving it. Click through for more jaw-dropping images:

The custom boxer movement has reached critical mass. BMW builders have to step up their game to get noticed, but Diamond Atelier have just hit the ball outta the park. Click through for more images and the story of this amazing R100R.

Here's a delicious two-wheeled cocktail: a BMW with sweet R80 underpinnings, 1970s toaster style, and powerful modern brakes. We'll drink to that.

Since he established Kiddo Motors in 2010, Sergio Armet's been grabbing our attention with a stream of good-looking builds. This vintage BMW R100 is his latest, and it's absolutely beautiful.

Rust is not something you'd expect to find on a new custom bike. But Cafe Racer Dreams have turned it into a feature on this BMW R100. And with a complete Yamaha R1 front end, it handles as well as it looks. Click through to read our exclusive feature—it's full of inspiration for anyone who's contemplated customizing a classic airhead.

Meet the Bison: the BMW Motorrad R nineT gets a touch of fine leather and a seriously trick exhaust system from Revival Cycles. Follow the Bike EXIF Instagram account for more custom motorcycle goodness:

The 2014 Bike EXIF custom motorcycle awards are out, and here's one of the Top 10: ‘Recall’ by Ton-Up Garage. The BMW from Portugal just radiates old-school glamour. And the story is romantic, too: the bike was reunited with a family that owned it decades ago, and the rebuild banished years of rust and neglect. It’s a ground-up overhaul, with discreet upgrades like new fenders, a custom exhaust and low-rise bars.

In a tiny workshop fifteen kilometers to the east of BMW's giant Berlin factory, they're building a different kind of Beemer. This ultra-clean R80 comes from Urban Motor, and was built for a local architect. Follow the Bike EXIF Instagram account for a daily dose of motorcycle eye candy:

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Urban Rider in London is the kind of business we'd all like to own. As well as selling the coolest motorcycle gear, they build seriously desirable custom bikes—like this BMW R80.

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Something old, something new: this custom from Officine Sbrannetti captures the spirit of Walter Zeller's famous RS54 Rennsport racer.

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After languishing in a garage for years, this BMW R75/5 was wheeled out into the light and handed over to Portugal's Ton-Up Garage for a complete rebuild. The results (and images) are stunning. For a daily dose of the world's best custom motorcycles, follow the Bike EXIF Instagram account at

Join our friends at RevZilla as they ride the Mighty Motor Bavarian Scrambler. It's the classic boxer we wish BMW would build.

A brutal, angular BMW R1200S-based scrambler from Estonia's Renard Speed Shop. Fantastisch!