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BMW custom motorcycles

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

BMW custom motorcycles

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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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    Andrei Soho


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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    iFactory Digital

    Awesome bike!

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

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    Stephanie Brown

    more like my transportation Kara Zor-el

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    Kara Zor-el

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!

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.

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    Cafe Racer Pasión

    Awesome bike!

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    Eric Harris


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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:

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    John Berzinski

    Some people are really smart.

  • Trihakni  Putra
    Trihakni Putra

    Krugger make this for a long time, now he finish it

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    Ho Ho!

    i admire the perspective and foto. good job my friend...

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

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

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    adriaan bornmann

    Pure class kicks ass. very well done

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


    Amazing look

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?