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Anglo-Germanic love affair

I’m dipping my  toe into the into the  world of BMW motorcycle ownership and it seems that I’ve discovered another subculture of motorcyclist. Which leads me to the conclusion that bike owners are like their bikes. British bike owners, (BSA, Norton, Triumph etc.) are used to the engineering idiosyncrasies of bikes made in what was effectively a large scale cottage industry.

I know a guy into rat bikes, mostly I think, because a can of flat black spray paint covers up his complete lack of technical knowledge. ok – I admit this theory is all very loosely based, no empirical research has been done, but BMW-land seems to be a very orderly place.  The forums are organized,  bikes are highly documented and generally it seems a very well organized bunch of owners, verging on anal-retentive, which isn’t surprising for followers of a German bike made in the same high standards factory as aircraft engines until the late 60s.

Check out the video made for Untitled Motorcycles in the UK – they are producing “bespoke” customs and have a noir commercial featuring, you guessed it, vintage BMW motorcycles.

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