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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 1990 (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

Georgia Mountain Fairground, Hiawassee, GA
Fri, 05/01/2015 - Sun, 05/03/2015
Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, Hiawassee, GA
Fri, 05/01/2015 - Sun, 05/03/2015
Bench Mark Works, Sturgis, MS
Fri, 05/01/2015 - Sun, 05/03/2015
Bad Bergzabern, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
Sat, 05/02/2015
Fort Douglas Miliary Museum, Salt Lake City, Utah
Sat, 05/09/2015
Lake Somerville, Texas
Fri, 05/15/2015 - Sun, 05/17/2015
Denton Farmpark, Denton, North Carolina
Fri, 05/15/2015 - Sun, 05/17/2015
Burkesville, Kentucky
Fri, 05/15/2015 - Sun, 05/17/2015

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.)


Gallery

1977 R100S (number 1 US bike 6160001) I'm the third owner.
1974 Norton Dunstall
1953 Norton ES2
1948 Vincent Rapide
K1600 GTL (Wheeee!)

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Rallies and Events
Thursday, September 3, 2015 - Saturday, September 5, 2015
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.

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Rallies and Events
Saturday, August 22, 2015 - Sunday, August 23, 2015
LeMay - America's Car Museum, Tacoma, Washington

More than 2,500 classic motorcycle enthusiasts will gather on America’s Car Museum’s Haub Family Field for this unique event featuring hundreds of vintage motorcycles and scooters ranging from 1910 to 1990, including rare Triumphs, Ducatis, BMWs and more. Virtually every brand in the history of motorcycling will be represented from owners across the U.S. and Canada.

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Rallies and Events
Sunday, August 16, 2015
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.

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Rallies and Events
Sunday, August 16, 2015
Heritage Park, Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada

Hundreds of vintage bikes on display and many vendors selling or trading their Vintage parts. Featuring displays of vintage European, American, and Japanese motorcycles. Highlighted is the 1972 Suzuki 750 "Water Buffalo". Show and shine, so bring your vintage motorcycle.

Hours are 10am to 4pm. Admission is $10; ladies and under 16free.

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Rallies and Events
Saturday, July 25, 2015 - Sunday, July 26, 2015
Downtown, Chesnee, South Carolina

The free Swap Meet on Saturday & Sunday gets bigger and better every year. Clean out your spares, find what you need to fix your bike or buy another one!

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Rallies and Events
Friday, July 17, 2015 - Sunday, July 19, 2015
Fulton County Fairgrounds, Wauseon, Ohio

The event features a large swap meet and with flat track antique racing on the half mile along with the Ohio Speedway Long Track Championship. Along with the dirt track racing there will be an antique motorcycle show. This year, Cleveland motorcycles are featured.

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Rallies and Events
Friday, July 17, 2015
Fulton County Fairgrounds, Wauseon, Ohio

Flat Track Racing on the limestone half mile, during the Antique Motorcycle Club of America's "Wauseon National" annual meet. Heat races start at 4:30pm and opening ceremonies at 6:30pm. Rain date is July 18.

Jay Springsteen (on a 1954 Harley Davidson) will race George Roeder (on a 1948 Indian Chief) in an exhibition match.

For more information, visit http://www.bikedays.com/index.html.

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Rallies and Events
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Scottie's Workshop, Santa Clara, CA

To celebrate my new workshop, I thought it would be fun to have an open house bbq and party!

You and yours are cordially invited! Hope you can make it!

Food and beverages including vegetarian and non-alcoholic options will be served.

When: May 23 at 1pm

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Rallies and Events
Friday, June 26, 2015 - Sunday, June 28, 2015
Dutchess County Wilcox Park, Milan, New York

This year we will be celebrating our twentieth year of fun at Dutchess County Wilcox Park, located one mile east of the Taconic Parkway on Route 199 in Milan, NY.

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Rallies and Events
Friday, July 10, 2015 - Sunday, July 12, 2015
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio

Every year, tens of thousands enthusiasts join the AMA and the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, and nearly 1,000 independent vendors at vintage motorcycling’s biggest bash.

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Rallies and Events
Friday, July 3, 2015 - Sunday, July 5, 2015
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, Germany

Climb on and go! Come to Garmisch-Partenkirchen on 3 and 4 July 2015 and join thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts from all around the world for two fun-filled days of thrilling attractions, with the latest models, stunts, shows, parties and live music. As always, admission is free. See you there!

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Rallies and Events
Friday, July 4, 2014 - Sunday, July 6, 2014
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, Germany

Experience the BMW Motorrad Days in Garmisch-Partenkirchen from July 4th to 6th 2014. Model highlights, motorcycle action, the chance to meet like-minded people and have lots of fun - it's an event that riders and fans simply love. Last year more than 40,000 motorcycle enthusiasts came together from all over the world.

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Rallies and Events
Thursday, June 25, 2015 - Saturday, June 27, 2015
Sturgis, South Dakota

The Monument Rally will be in the Black Hills region in South Dakota. This is in keeping with Mt Rushmore and the South Dakota state slogan “Great Faces and Great Places”. There will be a Blue Grass Music event going on, so there will be an opportunity to attend some of their concerts.

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Rallies and Events
Monday, June 15, 2015
Your Home Town!

The 24th annual Ride to Work Day will be held on June 15, 2015. Ride to Work Day helps demonstrate how these vehicles make parking easier and help traffic flow better. Motorcycle and scooter riders seek improved employer recognition and support for this form of transportation, and more public and government awareness of the positive value of riding.

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Rallies and Events
Sunday, June 21, 2015
Eldorado, New Mexico

Whether you are a motorcyclist or just looking for a fun afternoon, this is the place to be on Father’s Day. The show will take place in the La Tienda parking area. La Tienda is a shopping/community center located just outside of Santa Fe in the Eldorado Community. Commercial campgrounds are conveniently located nearby.

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Rallies and Events
Friday, June 12, 2015 - Saturday, June 13, 2015
Duchess County Fairground, Rhinebeck, New York

The Grand National Super Meet is scheduled for the Duchess County Fairground in Rhinebeck, New York. The meet is being run by the AMCA's Northeastern Chapters' Coalition which is comprised of 3 different AMCA Chapters. The coalitions chapters are working together to bring the combined experience of past meets to make this event a great success.

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Rallies and Events
Friday, June 19, 2015 - Sunday, June 21, 2015
Paris Fairgrounds, Paris, Ontario, Canada

The Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Club presents this national rally at the fairgrounds in Paris, Ontario. Participation in seminars, road runs, cavalcade of bikes, concours, trials and other displays, flea market camping, 24 hour access, coffee and donuts, door prizes, parking inside fair grounds. The theme this is year is 40 years of the Honda Goldwing.

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Rallies and Events
Friday, June 12, 2015 - Sunday, June 14, 2015
Harskamp, The Netherlands

For the enthusiasts that haven't visited our rally yet, our rally takes place at an enclosed private ground at no. 18 Radioweg in Harskamp, the Netherlands. Harskamp is situated in the center of the Netherlands, between Amersfoort, Apeldoorn and Arnhem and is surrounded by sanded areas and forests. An ideal place for a military motorbikes rally with on- and off-road tours.

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Rallies and Events
Sunday, May 31, 2015
Madonna Inn San Luis Obispo

Benefiting Hospice of San Luis Obispo County, the San Luis Obispo Concours promises to be a day of elegance showcasing some of the most beautiful and exceptional vehicles on the West Coast. This year's event will be held in the Meadows at the historic Madonna Inn.

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Rallies and Events
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Riverside, CA

The 3rd Annual Sommer Motorrad Treffen, held at Mike Dunn's shop, Vintage German Motorcycles in Riverside, CA, is set for May 17th, 2015. This year will be just like the years before with many different bikes from 1930-1969. You can see BMW, DKW, Zündapp and many more motorcycles. We will have a small gathering before the ride and than a small 40 mile loop around the local area.

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Rallies and Events
Saturday, June 13, 2015 - Sunday, June 14, 2015
Gilmore Car Museum

The 20th annual Vintage Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet is West Michigan’s largest and fastest growing cycle show, featuring thousands of motorcycles and vendors! The judged show field is open to all pre-1989 bikes, plus spectators arriving on motorcycles will park their rides in a special lot inside the Gilmore’s Historic Campus – making this one gigantic bike show!

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Rallies and Events
Saturday, June 20, 2015
National Motorcycle Museum, Anamosa, Iowa

Vintage Rally 2015 at the National Motorcycle Museum, Anamosa, Iowa includes Bike Shows, a Swap Meet, celebrities and a live on-site Pin-Striping Panel Jam. Also take in the new Choppers exhibit plus the Motorcycle Art show, part of the Museum’s 420 motorcycles and memorabilia collection always on exhibit.

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Rallies and Events
Friday, June 5, 2015 - Sunday, June 7, 2015
Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin

The 12th annual Rockerbox Motofest is the premier Wisconsin motorcycle show and party featuring an eclectic mix of Euro, Japanese and American vintage café racers, choppers, sport bikes, racing machines, supermotos, scooters, and sidecars. All makes and models of bikes are welcome and you will find a mash of bikes competing for space alongside dealers and vendors of all things motorcycling.

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Rallies and Events
Saturday, May 9, 2015
Fort Douglas Miliary Museum, Salt Lake City, Utah

The next best thing to riding a motorcycle is looking at them and talking about riding. Dust off those old Beemers, Brit or Italian motorcycles and show them off at our eighth annual Beemerfest. No interesting machine will be turned away regardless of origin. All motorcycles ridden to Fort Douglas will be part of the show.

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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.

V41N1 Spring 2014 Issue

Mailed April 13th, 2015


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.


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   Monday, April 27th, 2015

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

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