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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?






Photo © Ian Schmeisser

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

St. Paul, Minnesota
Thu, 07/24/2014 - Sun, 07/27/2014
Downtown, Chesnee, South Carolina
Sat, 07/26/2014 - Sun, 07/27/2014
Misselwood Estate, Endicott College, Beverly, MA
Sat, 07/26/2014 - Sun, 07/27/2014
Endicott College, Beverly, Massachusetts
Sun, 07/27/2014
Works Engineering, Brooklyn, NY
Sun, 08/17/2014
Pebble Beach Golf Course
Sun, 08/17/2014
LeMay - America's Car Museum, Tacoma, Washington
Sat, 08/23/2014 - Sun, 08/24/2014
Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, Davenport, Iowa
Thu, 08/28/2014 - Sat, 08/30/2014

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.)


Gallery

My wife and I have 3 BMW's and my eldest son has a BMW as well. So I thought iwould post up some photos of our various bikes - because I like to appreciate the bikes other folks own and enjoy.

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Rallies and Events
Thursday, October 9, 2014 - Sunday, October 12, 2014
San Luis Obispo, CA

This is a collection of activities put on the by the Central Coast Classic Motorcycle Club. It is for all marques but BMWs are happily accepted.

  • Thursday Oct. 10th is Farmer's Market Bike Night
    Motorcycle Display 6-9 PM, bring your bike to Union Bank, 995 Higuera St. San Luis Obispo, CA
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Rallies and Events
Saturday, October 11, 2014 - Sunday, October 12, 2014
Lake San Antonio (near Paso Robles), CA

Lake San Antonio, CA

South Shore, Lynch Campground Loop G

If you have a vintage bike or a new one come and join us at this years Vintage BMW camp out.
Marvel at the Lake San Antonio DRY lake and ride the great roads around Paso Robles wine country.
Some folks like to arrive on Friday, that is Ok just pay for yourself for that day.

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Rallies and Events
Friday, September 19, 2014 - Sunday, September 21, 2014
Little Orleans Campground, MD

The Maryland Airheads invite all Airheads, riders and passengers on airheads, and all who enjoy motorcycling to the Last Days of Summer. This inaugural gathering will be located in the Upper Potomac River Valley of western Maryland at the Little Orleans Campground. We have secured a large group tent-camping area and a pavilion for gathering, relaxing, and general merriment.

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Gallery

I have been riding BMWs for a while. I recently got interesed in Vintage Bikes. I recently found this "Studio Find" (I say "studio find" as it sat in a Movie Studio as a display for 15 years and had not been ridden for 7 years). I get this home find seven year old Gas (smelled like mix of turpentine and pickels, phew)amazingly the liner appeard to be in perfect condition.

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Gallery

I completed a rebuild of this bike in about 18 months.

I wrote extensive technical documentation as I went which you can find here.

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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.

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:
   Monday, July 21st, 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: https://twitter.com/brooksmotorwks

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.