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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?



Upcoming Rallies and Events

Bally's Hotel and Casion, Las Vegas, Nevada
Thu, 01/08/2015
South Point Casino and Exhibit Hall, Las Vegas, Nevada
Thu, 01/08/2015 - Sat, 01/10/2015
Dania Beach, Florida
Sat, 01/31/2015
Death Valley, California
Fri, 02/13/2015 - Mon, 02/16/2015
Venues at the Boca Raton Resort and Airport
Fri, 02/20/2015 - Sun, 02/22/2015
Winnebago County Fairgrounds, Pecatonica, IL
Sat, 04/25/2015 - Sun, 04/26/2015
Georgia Mountain Fairground, Hiawassee, GA
Fri, 05/01/2015 - Sun, 05/03/2015

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
Friday, February 20, 2015 - Sunday, February 22, 2015
Venues at the Boca Raton Resort and Airport

We invite you to join us over three spectacular days February 20, 21, & 22, 2015 as we commemorate the 9th Annual Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance. The Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance is the fastest growing Concours in the nation and the world's largest for charity

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Rallies and Events
Saturday, January 31, 2015
Dania Beach, Florida

Mark your calendars for the biggest Vintage Motorcycle show in South Florida! Over 300 antique bikes will be judged under the trees at beautiful Frost Park in Dania Beach. There will be live music, vendors, bike parts swap meet, food, Harley skill team demonstrations, motorcycle field games, Roller Derby Girls, vintage bicycle display, kiddy play area and more!

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Rallies and Events
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Bally's Hotel and Casion, Las Vegas, Nevada

Bonhams is a privately owned British auction house and one of the world's oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The Bonhams name is recognized worldwide throughout all sectors of the fine art, antiques and collectors market, with several of its departments established world leaders within their specialist category.

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Rallies and Events
Thursday, January 8, 2015 - Saturday, January 10, 2015
South Point Casino and Exhibit Hall, Las Vegas, Nevada

Mecum (formerly MidAmerica) will again be at the South Point Casino and Exhibit Hall, Thursday-Saturday, January 8-10. The Thursday auction doesn't begin until 4pm. There are a lot of BMWs already listed, including an R47, an R16 and two R62s!

Visit https://www.mecum.com/auction-detail.cfm?AUCTIONID=LV0115 for details.

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Video

Even if you don't understand the French, watch as Eric Dumas and François Thomas travel on a sidecar outfitted R12 through the winter from Thiers, France to Lake Baikal, Russia and Mongolia. They do this on a budget of 4 euros per day per person, exclusive of gas.

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Video

No, not the one from MAX BMW, this shows how it was done in the day. BTW, I always fill my transmission this way...

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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.

V40N3 Fall 2013 Issue

Mailed October 13, 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:
   Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Vintage BMW News

New Club Merchandise Now Available!

I would just like to take a moment here to mention that the club has got some new merchandise in stock! You can shop and buy in our online store, the button is near the top on the sidebar over there <--- to the left.

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: https://twitter.com/brooksmotorwks




Photo © Ian Schmeisser

Read Darryl Richman's Cannonball Blog

VBMWMO VP and Webmaster Darryl Richman has entered the 2014 Motorcycle Cannonball event. Here are the most recent posts: