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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 1992 (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

Oley Fairgrounds, Oley, Pennsylvania
Fri, 04/28/2017 - Sat, 04/29/2017
Winnebago County Fairgrounds, Pecatonica, IL
Sat, 04/29/2017 - Sun, 04/30/2017
Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, Hiawassee, GA
Fri, 05/05/2017 - Sun, 05/07/2017
Bench Mark Works, Sturgis, MS
Fri, 05/05/2017 - Sun, 05/07/2017
Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel, CA
Sat, 05/06/2017
Fort Douglas Miliary Museum, Salt Lake City, Utah
Sat, 05/13/2017
Burkesville, Kentucky
Thu, 05/18/2017 - Sun, 05/21/2017
Hanford, California
Fri, 05/19/2017 - Sat, 05/20/2017

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
Monday, June 19, 2017
Your Home Town!

The 26th annual Ride to Work Day will be held on June 19, 2017. 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
Saturday, June 10, 2017 - Sunday, June 11, 2017
Gilmore Car Museum

The 22nd annual Vintage Motorcycle Show & Swap Meet (9am-4pm) will feature hundreds of motorcycles and vendors on the Gilmore Car Museum’s Historic Campus! The judged show field is open to all motorcycle 25 years and older, plus spectators arriving on motorcycles will park their rides in a special lot inside the Museum’s Campus making this one gigantic bike show, held rain or shine!

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Rallies and Events
Friday, June 9, 2017 - Sunday, June 11, 2017
Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin

The Vintage MotoFest featuring the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA) is dedicated to preserving the heritage of racing motorcycles and promotes this heritage through events at legendary race circuits. Road America is a track favorite of competitive vintage riders because of its four-mile layout including, high-speed straights, multiple turns and undulating terrain.

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Rallies and Events
Friday, June 9, 2017 - Sunday, June 11, 2017
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 centre 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
Thursday, July 6, 2017 - Saturday, July 8, 2017
Petosky, Michigan

Join us July 6, 7 & 8th, 2017 in Petoskey, Michigan, on the shores of Lake Michigan for 3 days of camping, vendor shopping, seminars and door prizes. Cool nights, great riding, plenty of other lodging in the area and many great roads to explore. You’ll be less than an hour away from the Great Mackinac Bridge. Watch this page for information as it becomes available http://bmwra.org/.

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Rallies and Events
Saturday, June 10, 2017
National Motorcycle Museum, Anamosa, Iowa

Vintage Rally at the National Motorcycle Museum is June 10, 2017. Home to an international collection of over 400 motorcycles, great memorabilia, motorcycle art and more, the once a year Vintage Rally showcases the Museum which offers up a couple of great new exhibits for 2017.

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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.

V42N3 Fall 2015

Mailed August 8, 2016


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 29th, 2017

Vintage BMW News

Johanna Quandt Passes

On August 6th the New York Times reported an obituary for Johanna Quandt, who, along with her two children, control nearly half of the stock of BMW AG.

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.




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: