BIKE STORY – BMW R 69 S “Thompson”

By Nina Becaj –

You need a strong weapon when you decide to take out a gangster that’s been dominating the scene for way too long. We decided it’s time to build one – our own Thompson. Early this year a German doctor called us in to build him a version of our ‘Mobster’ build. Our challenge was to use it for our inspiration but we had to surpass it in many ways. We wanted to build something that speaks of history, craftsmanship and modern technology. The goal was to use warmer, natural materials as a counterweight to metal details and the matte pale blue fuel tank.

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Vintage BMW With Fuel Injected VW Engine

By Adam Arcane, words and photos

Brent is a retired pilot for a major airline who lives North of San Fran in a vineyard. He has a full shop and is surrounded by the things he loves, such as his perfect BSA Goldstar, and his pristine and rare R50S. He’s a master tech and everything he does is perfect. I spied his vintage BMW rig with its Zeppelin style Steib sidecar at a stoplight once upon a time. We hooked up and he shared his amazing, one-off rig with me. The Dover White R69S with matching Steib German car is something to see, and to ride. The VW 36 horse flat four was given a custom, designed by owner, fuel injection set up that works perfectly. Take a good look at the rig.

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Dan’s Mango Tango Café Racer

By Dan Rodarte, Photos by Jason Guy

Riding, and building Café bikes started for me in the mid 80’s in San Francisco. You might say I had the time of my life living and riding in the City, my hometown. My brother-in-law turned me on to BMW Airheads; he had been riding these peculiar bikes for some time. It was inevitable that I’d soon have my own. I combed the classifieds and found an ‘81 R65. It was love at first sight. It was also my first motorcycle. I had no clue how to ride. I went to the school of hard knocks as far as riding lessons go. Continue reading “Dan’s Mango Tango Café Racer”