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The VBMWMO Club has been serving BMW fans since its founding in 1972. We are a gathering place and information source for BMW Motorcycles from their inception in 1923 up until 1989 (our rolling 25 year limit). You can browse here freely, but consider registering in order to participate in our forums. Even better, why not join the VBMWMO in order to gain access to the club member-only areas of the forum and also receive our quarterly Classic BMW Motorräder magazine?

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Read Darryl Richman's Cannonball Blog

VBMWMO VP and Webmaster Darryl Richman has entered the 2012 Motorcycle Cannonball event. Here are the most recent posts:

As I mentioned in the comments in my previous post, I love to get people interested in what it's like to ride the R52. Most are quite intimidated, because the controls are so foreign to what a...
Sorry about the long delay in posting. I find it difficult to touch type from a reclining position, which has really been the only comfortable one I can stay in for a reasonable length of time right...
As I write this, I am lying comfortably in my hospital bed at Ukiah Valley Medical Center. I haven't yet seen the doctor this morning, but I assume that the surgery on my foot to insert a couple...

Upcoming Rallies and Events

Bench Mark Works, Sturgis, MS
Fri, 04/25/2014 - Sat, 04/26/2014
Skagit Country Fairgrounds, Mount Vernon, Washington
Sat, 04/26/2014
Winnebago County Fairgrounds, Pecatonica, IL
Sat, 04/26/2014 - Sun, 04/27/2014
City Park, Paso Robles, California
Sat, 04/26/2014
South Delta Recreation Centre, Tsawwassen, BC, Canada
Sun, 04/27/2014
Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, Hiawassee, GA
Fri, 05/02/2014 - Sun, 05/04/2014
Catskills, New York
Fri, 05/02/2014 - Sun, 05/04/2014
The Main Street Pub, Clifton, Virginia
Sun, 05/04/2014

NOS (New On Site) Parts

Here are new or updated items on the website in the last two weeks. (This doesn't include forum postings, check there to see what's new.)

Rallies and Events
Sunday, April 27, 2014
South Delta Recreation Centre, Tsawwassen, BC, Canada

We have just gotten word that:

This Event is Officially Cancelled

Due to circumstances beyond our control the April 27th Tsawwassen M/C Swap Meet and Show ’N Shine has been CANCELLED.

We ask that you pass this information along to your motorcycling buddies as we wish to notify everyone possible so that no one shows up on the 27th looking for the swap meet.

The Mt Vernon WVM Swap Meet is on Saturday April 26th and we hope you will support them.

We would like to thank everyone for their past support and look forward to seeing you in 2015.

Todd, Barbara & Mack


Rallies and Events
Sunday, September 7, 2014
Larz Anderson Auto Museum, Brookline, Massachusetts

Bring your British, German, Italian classics to this wonderful facility. There will be a bike show with awards, a swap meet, and Ducati demo rides. Food will be available on site. The event starts at 10am and runs to 4pm.

Information on the event is at


Rallies and Events
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Mountain Motorsports, Ontario, California

Mountain Motorsports will have a Vintage Motorcycle Show on April 12. It is open to all motorcycles from 1989 and older. Sign ups start at 8:30 and we will announce the winners about noon. We will have 4-5 classes and the winners will receive gift cards for merchandise at Mountain Motorsports. We have a lot of interest and we are expecting a great show with lots of cool bikes to check out.


Rallies and Events
Saturday, August 30, 2014 - Sunday, August 31, 2014
Owls Head Transportation Museum

A much anticipated annual gathering of up to 250 antique and classic bikes. Pre-1994 vehicles of any make or model are welcome to exhibit at any of our events. Vehicle demonstrations, Model T rides, family activities and more.


Rallies and Events
Thursday, August 28, 2014 - Saturday, August 30, 2014
Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, Davenport, Iowa

If you are restoring an antique motorcycle, looking to purchase a bike, or just interested in old bikes you should attend our meet and join your nearest AMCA chapter. About 13 acres for your shopping bliss! Most likely you will find your special part here or at least meet some people who will direct you where to find it.


Rallies and Events
Sunday, May 4, 2014
The Main Street Pub, Clifton, Virginia

The idea behind the gathering is to give vintage and classic motorcycle enthusiasts an opportunity to show their prized possessions. We hope to hold the gathering first Sunday of the month on a regular basis, depending on the level of interest.

The Main Street Pub, which serves gourmet food, baked goods and local fare. It's a treat to visit this once rural landmark from an earlier century.


Vintage BMW News Back Issue
Vintage BMW Motorcycle Owners
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v40n2 table of contents

Rallies and Events
Saturday, August 23, 2014 - Sunday, August 24, 2014
LeMay - America's Car Museum, Tacoma, Washington

On Saturday (8a-5:30p) activities include:

- Swap Meet featuring Parts and Accessories
- Trials Demonstrations
- Judged classes and awards for the Concours
- Entertainment
- New Motorcycle Displays
- Food Vendors
- Seminars by Motorcycle Classics Magazine
- Used Bike Corral - Bikes for Sale


Rallies and Events
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Pebble Beach Golf Course

Once each year, on the third Sunday in August, about 200 of the most prized collector cars and motorcycles in the world roll onto what is often called the best finishing hole in golf — the famed eighteenth fairway at Pebble Beach. Tire meets turf and transformation occurs: the stage is set for one of the most competitive events in the automotive world.


Current Classic BMW Motorräder Issue

As a club member, you can now view the entire Classic BMW Motorräder magazine in digital format; nonmembers will find a "sampler" magazine.

V40N2 Summer 2013 Issue

Mailed April 7th, 2014

Visit our R90S Specialty Content!

The VBMWMO has a specialty page just for the BMW R90S motorcycle -- take a look!

Also, if you're looking for more R90S info, you should visit the home page of the R90SWorldNet mailing list.

Site last updated:
   Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Vintage BMW News

New Book Available on the BMW "King Cam" Works Racers

From shortly after their start of motorcycle production in 1923, BMW has been involved in racing. The machines used at this time were performance optimized and derived from the production vehicles.

The königswellen (OHC) machines of the 1930s and 1950s, however, were designed exclusively for racing.

Long Delayed Winter Issue About to Mail

The board of trustees of the club wants you to know that the long delayed Winter issue of Classic BMW Motorräder is today at the printers and should mail in a week or so.

37th Annual Mayday Madness

Classic Bike Show & Swap Meet, Sunday, May 26th, 2013
Stratham Hill Fairgrounds, Rt. 33, Stratham, NH

VBMWMO Board Shakeup

The last several weeks have been difficult for the club. President and Editor of Classic BMW Motorräder, the club's magazine, Jeff Yost, has had to resign his positions due to his health. As you may have read in his column in the Summer 2012 issue, he has been diagnosed with Hepatitis C, which he was infected with as a result of a blood transfusion he had in 1974.

A Gift to VBMWMO iPad Users from BMW Motorcycle Magazine

Sandy Cohen, editor of BMW Motorcycle Magazine, has made a generous offer to 10 VBMWMO members who use an iPad. She says:

Happy Holidays to all our friends in the riding community!

BMW and VBMWMO Member Win Awards at Pebble Beach

Famous BMWs took 1-2 at the Pebble Beach Concours this year. BMW AG continued a streak of wins with the unique R7 prototype, beautifully restored by a team of star restoration experts assembled for the project. Last year, as we reported, the R7 won a prestigious award at the Amelia Island Concours. You can read BMW's press release here.

In addition, VBMWMO founder and member #2, Jeff Dean, came second with his beautifully and painstakingly restored 1954 R68. The restoration, carried out by renowned restorer Tim Stafford of San Diego, has been seen at the Quail Lodge Motorcycle Gathering and is absolutely stunning.

Another exciting year at Bonneville!

2012 Speed Week is underway, and Kevin and Barbara Brooks of Olympia are campaigning their vintage BMWs in many classes:

  • 250 single.
  • 250 sidecar.
  • 350 (yes! 350!).
  • 500.
  • 650.
  • 650 sidecar.

They are aiming to set many new speed records. Barbara is tweeting the proceedings as the action unfolds.

Follow the tweets:

2nd Quarter 2012 BMW Council News Released

The 2/12 edition (2nd quarter 2012) of the BMW Clubs International Council Newsletter is now online as a PDF at the Council's website.