K1100 Cafe Racer

BMW Cafe Racers

BMW Motorrad has been producing motorcycles since the 1920s, and tuners have been customizing them ever since. Whether you’re interested in cafe racers based on the BMW airhead engines, flying bricks like the K-series, oilheads like the R nineT, or anything in between, we have you covered.

BMW R100 CUSTOM Golden Ratios: BMW R100 by La Motocicletta - A BMW Airhead built according to the golden ratio... For many custom builders, one of the challenges is balancing their own style, vision, and design direction with the wishes and ambitions of the customer. After ...read more
BMW R50 Cafe Racer “BMW 60+” Café Racer: Same Owner for 59 Years! - BMW R50/69S Café Racer: same owner since 1960! A few weeks ago, we received a message from Jeff Thommen of Switzerland about this father's 1960 BMW R50/69: "I'd like to submit my father's bike, which ...read more
BMW K100 Cafe Racer Blue Moon: BMW K100 Café Racer by RW Motorcycles - The BMW K100 seems to be experiencing a renaissance in the custom world. The 90-horsepower, fuel-injected engine offers good punch, and the "Flying Brick" is known to be rock-solid during high-speed cruising. Still, it's safe ...read more
BMW R75/5 Cafe Racer Descending Dragon: BMW R75/5 “HaLong” - Introduced in 1970, the R75/5 was the largest BMW motorcycle of the time, offering a 750cc, 50-horsepower boxer engine capable of pushing the machine to 110 mph. The entire "Slash 5" or "/5" series, which ...read more
BMW K100 Cafe Racer “Hurricane”: BMW Flying Brick Café Racer - The BMW K100 "Flying Brick" represented a significant design leap for BMW Motorrad, who'd long been known for their flat-twin "airhead" engine design. The K100, in contrast, was a fuel-injected, liquid-cooled inline four laid flat ...read more
BMW K100 Brat Cafe Racer BMW K100 “Shahin” by Mehdi Barakchian - An '87 Flying Brick dragged "kicking and screaming" into 2019... The BMW K100, introduced in 1982, benefited from the company's many years of experience building liquid-cooled, overhead cam, inline automobile engines. The fuel-injected, 95-hp engine was ...read more
BMW R1200RT Cafe Racer BMW R1200RT Cafe Racer by Si Mantas - "I think the garage is in my blood..." ? These are the words of Lithuania's Mantas Simanauskas, aka Si Mantas, who builds bikes in his evenings and free time. When he first started, he didn't ...read more
BMW K100 Custom BMW K1100 Special by TOMA Customs - A K-Series cruise missile for a Belgian racing driver... At one time, the K1100 was "the bike" for BMW, a high-speed tourer with an 1093cc, 100-hp version of the "Flying Brick" engine -- so-named for ...read more
Custom BMW R1100R Roadster BMW R1100R Roadster by Alea Motorcycles - Bavarian Bruiser from the Boot Heel of Italy! "Not Ordinary Bikes." That's the motto of southeast Italy's Alea Motorcycles, based in the town of Presicce -- located right at the heel of the boot of ...read more
BMW R65 Tracker BMW R65 Urban Tracker by Duc Tran - Motorcycles have a special way of healing us and preserving our sanity in a world that can be incredibly chaotic and painful. So it was for Duc Tran, a young father in Austin, Texas, who's ...read more
BMW K100 Custom BMW K100 Custom by De Angelis Elaborazioni - The BMW K100 may seem an unlikely candidate for customization, but builders have discovered the beauty in the "Flying Brick." The heavy block of engine, laid flat in the frame, keeps the center of gravity ...read more
BMW R65 3 Cafe Racer BMW R65/3 Cafe Racer by Toro Moto - Before opening Tuscany's Toro Moto, founder Riccardo Micheli worked as an official BMW Motorrad technician for 15 years and crewed in various racing championships, most notably the old 2-stroke 250cc MotoGP class. Finally he struck ...read more
BMW G310R Cafe Racer BMW G310R Cafe Racer by DKdesign - The BMW G310R is BMW Motorrad's first sub-500cc motorcycle, a single-cylinder, liquid-cooled "roadster" that's lightweight, agile, and even affordable...less than $5000. The bike offers 33.6 hp, ~60 mpg, and a top speed of over 90 ...read more
BMW R1100R Custom BMW R1100R Restomod by Thomas Hoellweger - "The bike virus only sleeps but never dies." Such were the words of Thomas Hoellweger, an Austrian native who began customizing two-wheelers when he put cardboard fairings on his kid's bicycle. More than a decade ...read more
BMW K100 Custom Bobber BMW K100 Bobber: “Mira” - Trevor Ryan Ditson of Prescott, Arizona, spent his young years in the garage, helping his father build choppers and his grandfather who was into drag racing.  After two decades as a chef, he decided to ...read more
BMW R80RT Cafe Racer BMW R80RT Cafe Racer by Liberty Motorcycles - "The more you look, the more you see." Chris Edwards of Liberty Motorcycles left school at the age of 15 to become a motorcycle mechanic. Since then, he's worked a wide variety of bikes, even ...read more
BMW R65 Cafe Racer BMW R65 Cafe Racer: “John Player Special” - A single-seat, JPS-inspired tribute to Mario Andretti's days at Team Lotus... In 1976, Mario Andretti joined Team Lotus, driving the John Player Special (JPS) F1 cars into championship winning form. The signature gold-and-black livery of ...read more
BMW R100RS Cafe Racer BMW Silver Bullet MK2 by XTR Pepo x Revival of the Machine - Updated:  The Silver Bullet becomes more racer, more XTR...more Pepo! Last year, we saw the launch of the 1978 BMW R100RS "Silver Bullet," the first-ever motorcycle designed by Revival of the Machine -- one of ...read more
Custom BMW R65 Cafe Racer “BSW B40” Cafe Racer by Nexxtoy - Unconventional wedding with a British girl... Thierry Coulon ("Terry") of Bourdeaux's Nexxtoy is a graphic designer and handyman who has been pursuing his motorbike passion for more than forty years -- a passion that came ...read more
BMW R100R Scrambler BMW R100R Scrambler by Cafe Racer SSpirit - Cafe Racer SSpirit of Spain has become one of our favorite builders in recent years. Their build process is highly collaborative with their customers. They like to say they take a journey with their clients, ...read more
BMW R nineT Cafe Racer Kit BMW R nineT Enhanced Racer by Dab Design - Simon Dabadie of Dab Design is quickly establishing himself as an innovator and iconoclast in the world of custom motorcycles. With a background in the emerging industries of 3D Printing and 3D software publishing, he’s ...read more
BMW K1100RS Cafe Racer BMW K1100 Cafe Racer by 8Tech Racing - Colin and Merlin of Germany's 8Tech Racing both have mechanical engineering backgrounds. When they aren't studying, they are racing their racebikes around various circuits in Europe. Given their backgrounds in racing and engineering, they have ...read more
BMW R nineT Cafe Racer BMW R nineT Cafe Racer by Mick Ackermann Designs (MAD) - Mick Ackermann grew up in Europe, where he could always be found in nearby mechanics' shops, handing them tools and learning everything he could. He spent years working on street mods and drift cars, then ...read more
BMW R80 Cafe Tracker BMW R80 Cafe Tracker by Moto Adonis - The Netherlands has become one of the great hotbeds of custom motorcycle culture, with a staggering array of talented, hard-working builders like Daan and the crew at Moto Adonis. Although the workshop has turned their ...read more
BMW R nineT Streetfighter BMW R nineT Cafe Fighter by Magnum Opus - Ezio Covelli of Magnum Opus Custom Bikes -- based on the North Carolina coast -- continues to impress with custom bikes that defy convention, incorporating design influences from cafe racers, streetfighters, and more. Now he ...read more
BMW K100 Tracker BMW K100 Tracker by Overbold Motor Co. - Barcelona has become a hotbed for custom bikes, largely thanks to builders like Overbold Motor Co., whose CB750 Nighthawk cafe racer we previously featured. Now the crew is back with another stunner:  this time a ...read more
BMW-R45-Brat-Style-3 BMW R45 Brat by Unik Edition Custom Cycles - The BMW R45 was introduced in the late 70s, largely aimed at learners and beginners. It looked much like a scaled-down version of BMW Motorrad's larger bikes, with a 473cc, 35-horsepower boxer motor and 95 ...read more
BMW K100 Cafe Racer BMW K100 Cafe Racer by Weston Customs - Who would have guessed that the BMW's first four-cylinder motorcycle, the K100 "Flying Brick," would be reborn in the hands of custom builders 35 years after its introduction?  We were lucky enough to spy this ...read more
K1100 Cafe Racer BMW K1100 Cafe Racer by De Angelis Elaborazioni - Today we are thrilled to present this incredible BMW K1100LT cafe racer built by Giorgio De Angelis, a computer programmer living in Rome. He says he builds bikes "for pure hobby" -- which warms our ...read more
BMW R100R Cafe Racer BMW R100R Cafe Racer by XTR Pepo - Pepo Rosell of XTR Pepo has turned another stunner. This time it's a 1992 BMW R100R endurance racer. The bike is nicknamed "Don Luis." Says Pepo: About the name of the bike, this is the ...read more
BMW R100 Brat Cafe BMW R100R Brat Cafe by Rough Cycles - Rough Cycles of Berlin was founded in 2011.  Since then, the shop has grown to include three guys and two dogs.  They mainly specialize in repairing and customizing Harley Davidsons. However, after more than a ...read more
BMW R50/5 Cafe Racer BMW R50/5 Cafe Racer - Sometimes less is more, and no one knows that better than builder Maurizio Merlo, one of our favorite garage-builders. Last year, we featured "The Baby," his 1973 BSA Lightning scrambler.  Now Maurizio, an Italian native ...read more
BMW R100RS Cafe Racer BMW R100RS Cafe Racer by Moto Adonis - The Dutch custom motorcycle scene is one of the most active and innovative in the world.  The crew at Moto Adonis is at the heart of the culture, turning out some of the classiest cafe ...read more
BMW K100 Custom Cafe Racer BMW K100 Custom by Z17 Customs - The BMW K100, otherwise known as the Flying Brick, certainly isn't regarded as the prettiest bike created by BMW Motorrad's engineers.  The nickname derives from the blocky, 987cc inline four.  However, the crew from Moscow's ...read more
BMW R80 Cafe Racer BMW R80 Cafe Racer by Ironwood Custom Motorcycles - Arjan van den Boom of Ironwood Custom Motorcycles, based in the Netherlands, never ceases to amaze us with his custom builds. We have featured a number of his cafe racers in the past, and now ...read more
BMW K100 Streetfighter BMW K100 “Jetfighter” by Expressmoto Design - John Camara of Austin's Expressmoto Design has an ideal pedigree for a custom bike builder.  He's been riding and racing both on- and off-road bikes for nearly four decades, reaching the upper classes of the ...read more
BMW R80/7 Cafe Racer 1983 BMW R80/7 Cafe Racer by Moto Adonis - In an old factory in The Netherlands, Daan Borsje and the crew of Moto Adonis have been assembling some of the sweetest vintage customs to crackle and pop with oily fury. They built this post-fallout ...read more
BMW R80 Scrambler BMW R80 Scrambler by The Bike Maker - Recently, we featured an incredible bratstyle BMW R100 by The Bike Maker, Alexandre Ciaramella, who designs and engineers dials for Swiss luxury watches when he isn't tuning vintage BMW iron.  Now Alex is back with ...read more
BMW R100 Brat Style Brat Style BMW R100 by The Bike Maker - The Watchmaker's Wheels... Swiss watches are world-renown for their precision and craftsmanship, and Swiss watchmakers are legendary for their exactitude, their attention to detail.  Today, we have a 1979 BMW R100RS built by Alexandre Ciaramella ...read more
BMW R80 Cafe Racer BMW R80 Cafe Racer by Ironwood Custom Motorcycles - The Netherlands never ceases to amaze us with custom after beautiful custom.  Perhaps it's that Dutch eye for design, paired with a culture that loves two wheels.  After all, more than 31% of the population ...read more
BMW R80 Cafe Racer VTR Custom’s R80: World’s Fastest Police Bike? - BMW makes the bikes that are the most sought after by police departments around the world. Quick, compact, and fuel efficient, BMW motorcycles fit nearly every need a police officer could have while on patrol. ...read more
BMW-R100-Cafe-Racer-8 1983 BMW R100 Cafe Racer by Ironwood Motorcycles - Arjan van den Boom is the founder of Ironwood Custom Motorcycles, an Amsterdam-based custom garage founded by him and Nick de Ruijter in 2012, and he's quickly becoming our favorite man in Amsterdam.  We've featured ...read more
BMW K100 Custom Z17 BMW K100 Cafe Racer by Z17 Customs - Today, we're excited to feature this stunning 1988 BMW K100 cafe racer by Z17 Customs of Moscow. The design is by Mikhail Kostylev, executed by his partner Sergey Moonshn. As you may know, the K100 ...read more
BMW R100 Tracker by Urban Motor of Berlin -   Here we have "Stummelstolle," a beautiful BMW R100R tracker built by Urban Motor of Berlin. It was shot by Christopher Rausch of Motor Rausch. With 65-70 horsepower from that 980cc boxer engine, and even ...read more
BMW R nineT Cafe Racer by Jane Motorcycles - This is one of the best R nineT customs we've seen, built by Jane Motorcycles of Brooklyn, NY, in a cafe racer style. The R nineT has been making big waves in the custom world ...read more
BMW K75 Cafe Racer Streetfighter Faves: BMW K75 Street/Jet Fighter -   It seems to be the week of BMW K-Series customs. We featured this 1985 BMW K100 cafe racer earlier this week, and now Silodrome--who consistently present some of the handsomest, most well-built cars and ...read more
BMW K100 Cafe Racer Exclusive: BMW K100 Cafe Racer, “Optimus” - We're proud to present this BikeBound exclusive:  "Optimus," a 1985 BMW K100RS cafe racer built by our new friend Stig Frydenberg from Norway.  We actually solicited Stig to feature this bike, as it struck us ...read more