The Bike is Back!

After 10 years in the shop, my 1954 BMW R51/3 motorcycle is finally home and ready to ride!

Donath - 1954 BMW R51/3

In May of 2022, we showed the bike at the Quail Motorcycle gathering in Monterey, CA. Lots of folks came by to take a look, ask about the build, and take photos. As a matter of fact, the Summer 2002 issue of "Classic BMW Motorräder" magazine that is put out by the Vintage BMW Motorcycle Owners Club has 2 photos of the bike in their Quail Gathering article. However, it had to return to Scottie's shop for some additional work due to a slipping clutch issue that appeared on the first set of test rides just before the show.

Here are some of the shots I took of the bike during the show:

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2022 Quail Motorcycle Gathering

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Kathy getting to see the bike complete for the first time and trying to decide if she will ride or drive when we take it out for a spin.


First time I had a chance to see and hear my bike running live!