BMW 503 – The Car That Nearly Bankrupted BMW

BMW 503 Front

The BMW 503 and its stablemate, the BMW 507, very nearly sunk the German automaker in the 1950s due to the runaway costs associated with their production. Despite the troubles the cars caused BMW, they’re remembered today as amongst the most beautiful designs produced by the marque in the 20th century. The BMW 503 –…

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The Rogue Moto BMW R100 RT – An Australian Custom Airhead

Custom BMW R100 12

This article was written by Jeremy Hammer. There are generally two types of customers who walk the through doors of Rogue Moto with the intention of a building a custom bike: There’s the type that lets owner Billy Kuyken take creative control and surprise them on delivery, and then there’s the type that know exactly…

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A Custom BMW R1100GS Scrambler by Red Hot Chili Customs

Custom BMW R1100 GS 4

This custom BMW R1100GS is the work of one of Poland’s pre-eminent custom motorcycle garages – Red Hot Chili Customs. The donor bike was bought from its former owner in Switzerland before being transported to Poland for a rebuild into a custom scrambler with genuine off-road ability thanks to its GS origins. Red Hot Chili…

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BMW Alpina B7 S Turbo – A Turbocharged 330 hp Sedan

BMW Alpina B7 S Turbo Badge 2

The BMW Alpina B7 S Turbo had big shoes to fill when it was introduced in 1981 as a replacement for the BMW Alpina B7 – a car that was the fastest series production 4-door car in the world when it was released in 1978. Alpina Alpina is a German automaker founded in 1965, though…

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Retrofuture: A BMW R80 RT Cafe Racer by Moto Adonis

BMW R80 Cafe Racer Overhead

The modern concept of the cafe racer has evolved significantly since the genre was first created by the Brits in 1950s London. The first cafe racers were simply stripped-down production motorcycles with hopped up engines. They were typically fitted with clip-on handlebars, a single seat, knee-indents in the fuel tank, and no superfluous parts –…

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The Toma Customs BMW K1100 Scrambler

BMW K1100 Scrambler Seat

This BMW K1100 Scrambler represents a direction that BMW would likely never have considered taking with their large capacity 4-cylinder, but luckily Thomas Jeukens of Toma Customs took it upon himself to make the bike a reality. The BMW K1100 The BMW K1100 was one of the largest iterations of the famous German flying brick,…

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A Brief History of the BMW R80 GS

BMW R80 GS Motorcycle

  Introduction: BMW R80 GS – The Salvation of BMW Motorrad Though it may be hard to imagine today, BMW had been a company in grave danger of going under during the 1950’s and 1960’s. One of the things helping keep the company afloat was their motorcycle division, and their Italian-designed Isetta bubble car, a…

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A Krauser MKM 1000 4-Valve – 1 of 237 Ever Made

Krauser MKM 1000

The Krauser MKM 1000 is a German motorcycle developed by motorcycle racer Michael Krauser using a state-of-the-art computer-designed space frame developed in partnership with an engineering company named HPN – named for the first initial of each of the founder’s surnames Alfred Halbfeld, Klaus Pepperl, and Michael Neher. Michael Krauser and the Krauser MKM 1000 Michael…

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A Brief History of the BMW 2002 – One Of The Most Important BMWs Of All Time

BMW 2002 History

The BMW 2002 proved to be a major milestone for the company as it worked to build itself up again after the Second World War. To catch a glimpse of the process BMW had been through during the 1940’s and 1950’s we need to remember that two vehicles that had played a major role in the company’s fight for survival were the little Italian designed Issetta bubble car, and the Volkswagen like BMW 700. Small, inexpensive cars that BMW was able to produce and sell in sufficient numbers to keep the company afloat.

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