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Lives in Tucson, Arizona
Friend of the Marque (1999)
Prof. Gerhard Kn÷chlein BMW Classic Award (2013)
BMW MOA #115, VBMWMO #2 (1972)
MSF Chief Instructor (1994)
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  Some of the BMW motorcycle models covered on this web site.  

  The first BMW motorcycle — the 1923-1925 R32!
  The first postwar BMW motorcycle — the 250cc 1948 R24
  The first postwar BMW twin — the 1950 R51/2
  An early postwar BMW — the 1951-1954 R51/3
  A very popular postwar BMW single — the 250cc 1954 R25/3
  The last of the “plunger” BMWs — the 1955 R67/3
  The beautiful and rare vintage BMW sport bike, the 1954 R68
  The wonderful “slash-2” BMW motorcycles from 1955—1969

                              A Granada red R60/2, a Dover white R60/2, and a black R60/2
  The last BMW shaft-drive single — the BMW R27

  A 1960s hot rod — the BMW R69S

  A dual-purpose adventure motorcycle — the BMW R100GS

  Read about the revolutionary 1996-2001 BMW R1100RT
  Read about the 2001-2004 BMW R1150RT
  See photos and read info on the original BMW R1200RT
  See photos and read info on the fabulous 2014-2015 BMW R1200RT
  See the most expensive BMW motorcycles
  Vintage BMW Motorcycle Challenges and Lessons
  The most fascinating Harley-Davidson ever made!
  Check this out: five shaft-drive opposed fours!
  What the heck is Ernest Richard George Earles’ front fork?
  Tim Stafford and the Art of BMW Motorcycle Restoration
    Click here for Nikon Photographica
    Click here for other topics than BMWs and Nikons

    Click here for a list of some of my favorite vendors

    Click here to go to motorcycle data sheets from Bench Mark Works

    Click here to go to motorcycle data sheets posted by Ted Verrill

    See illustrated Craven's historic saddlebags for slash-2s

    Should you wear a full-face helmet? Click here to see.


Photos of BMW motorcycles below, clockwise from the upper left — 1967 BMW R60/2 (and me), 1972 BMW R75/5 (with former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona), 1954 BMW R68, and 1954 BMW R51/3 (ridden by Tim Stafford).

Fifty-eight years of BMW motorcycles:  

R25/3 R51/3 R67/3 R68 R60/2 Red R60/2
White R60/2 R69S R75/5 R90S R100GS R1200RT


  This is my BMW motorcycle dealer:

        Iron Horse Motorcycles: John Cartwrights' award-winning
        exclusive-BMW dealership in Tucson, Arizona.
        James D. Strang is the excellent general manager.



  Let's talk about riding motorcycles!

1965 “Happy for a Lifetime” ad — engaging BMW “If you want to be happy for a lifetime, ride a BMW” ad from 1965 (1553 by 2085 pixels).
The origin of the BMW Roundel — What is the real story? — nope, not a propeller! (PDF fle)
Pointed opinions from a long-time rider (me) about surviving on and enjoying riding motorcycles.
Do you see what you think you see?   “Inattentional blindness” — read this and you might look again!
Should you wear a full-face helmet?   Ask 1.1-million-mile BMW motorcycle rider Dave Swisher, of Bowling Green, Virginia, what his opinion might be. Check out what happened to his helmet!
What simple thing can most motorcyclists do to reduce their collision chances by 24%? Click here for the answer.
Enclosed trailers for motorcycles information.
The BMW Motorcycle Owners of America (BMW MOA), founded in 1972, is the world's largest association of BMW motorcycle owners and a "must" for BMW enthusiasts. It offers a glossy monthly magazine, an annual international rally, and a tour book for traveling riders.
The Vintage BMW Motorcycle Owners Association (VBMWMO), founded in 1972, is dedicated to the preservation of classic and antique BMW motorcycles and is an excellent source for restoration information.
The BMW Veteran Motorcycle Club of America (BMW VMCA) is an organization formed in 2004 with the purpose of providing educational services, information, and assistance to those who are interested in owning, operating, repairing, restoring, and studying the history of vintage BMW motorcycles as well as the machines themselves.
MidAmerica Auctions has been selling vintage motorcycles at auction, including BMWs, for years. The largest is held every January in Las Vegas, Nevada. The thumbnail to the left shows Tim Stafford with an R50/2 he auctioned in 2007.

  • Are headlight modulators on motorcycles legal? Yes they are! In the U.S. and Canada. Click here for the regulations — PDF file.

  • Twenty-nine long-distance riding tips from the those who know: the Iron Butt Association riders.
  • Older Motorcyclists — Frank Glamser's Univ. of Southern Mississippi study of older riders.
  • Older Riders — The Motorcycle Safety Foundation's excellent fact sheet on “Seasoned Riders.”

  • English to German   translations of motorcycle terms.
  • German to English   translations of motorcycle terms.

    Please note: From time to time, I learn that an ebay seller is using my photos to advertise something he or she is selling. When I learn this, I notify the seller to remove the photos and also attempt to notify ebay security. I do not sell anything on ebay. I created and maintain this site because of my affection and respect for BMW motorcycles and not for any commercial purpose. I do not want my photos to be used for any commercial purpose without my prior permission.

    Moreover, the majority of the photos on my web pages were taken by me and are copyright under U.S. law.



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