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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 2014 Motorcycle Cannonball event. Here are the most recent posts:

Upcoming Rallies and Events

Exhibition Park, Canberra, Australia
Sun, 11/02/2014
Royal Port Golf Club
Sun, 11/02/2014
Blue Moon Cycle, Norcross, Georgia
Sun, 11/09/2014 - Mon, 11/10/2014
National Exhibition Center, Birmingham, UK
Fri, 11/14/2014 - Sun, 11/16/2014

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.)


Lightweight and breathable, these 70%/30% Cotton-Polyester caps include a stretch sweatband that ensures a snug fit so you won’t lose it as you ride your BMW across the grass at the Concours d’Elegance to accept your award for Best in Show. These black caps have bright embroidery across the back panel showing the club’s red and yellow signature V and the club’s website below.

ivy league driving cap
ivy league cap rear


Here are the club’s new T-shirts! You may have seen this classic image before: artist Dennis Simon painted it and it appeared on the cover of a VBMWMO Bulletin in the early 1980s. This image is still available from Dennis as a poster, along with many others, on his website. (The BMW /2 silk tie is very classy!)

Vintage Rally club t-shirt

Vintage BMW News Back Issue
Vintage BMW Motorcycle Owners
  • Dr. Gehrard Knöchlein Award Presented
  • Like a Scalded Badger
  • The Revolutionary BMW R51
  • Turn Your Head and Cough
  • Ride 'Em Don't Hide 'Em
  • A Requiem for the Mechanical Voltage Regulator
  • Book Review: Münchner Meistermacher Maschinen: The BMW RS 54 Bike Family
  • Achtung! Wo ist die Dichtung?
  • Lost and Found
  • The Art of Customizing
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v40n2 table of contents

Resource Link

Ravenor Farm
Oldfield Lane South
Greenford, Middlesex UB6 9LD, UK
phone: +44 0208 575 6644

London’s only motorcycle museum, a tribute to Britain’s biking history and heritage



Just picked up this project from Bob in Jessup MD. Probably an over ambitious project for my first attempt but, I could not resist this bike and sidecar project. I will be outlining my plan and asking fir help from the veteran's here with the goal of having this up and running by next summer. I hope you all won't mind my naive questions as I progress through this journey.


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:
   Wednesday, October 22nd, 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.