We had just highlighted a Velocette which had an engine transplant, but this 1967 BMW/VW is something totally different.
From the seller
THIS BIKE WAS PURCHASED BY THE PREVIOUS OWNER AT BOB BROWNS “BMW OF POMONA” IN CA WHO SOLD KITS FOR CONVERSIONS IN THE EARLY 1970’s.
TITLED AS A 1967 BMW.
THE PREVIOUS OWNER PURCHASED THIS VMW FROM BROWNS BMW IN 1975
BROWN MADE VMW CONVERSIONS FOR ONLY A SHORT WHILE IN THE 70’S
THIS BIKE HAS A VERY RARE GLASER #44 FAIRING
WITH TALBOT MIRRORS AND HELLA (Starship) TURN SIGNALS
TWIN DISC’S BRAKES UP FRONT. ALUMINUM HAND MADE TAIL SECTION.
The seller points out that this type of conversion was common in the 1960’s and 1970’s. The idea was to get an inexpensive engine, with cheap replacement parts, and add it to a expensive BMW and pull a sidecar. Maybe a little overkill on the power, but it was done. There are still on-line communities that would be able to help with any problems that may arise with your new motorcycle.
More from the seller
BIKES CONDITION? PER THE PREVIOUS OWNER WHO SAID HE REBUILT IT YEARS AGO (I HAVE NEVER TRIED TO START THIS BIKE) I CAN ONLY TELL YOU HE SAID THE CLUTCH WAS NEW WHEN HE PUT THE MOTOR IN AND THE TRANS WAS IN EXCELLENT SHAPE? THE MOTOR IS SUPPOSE TO OF HAD NEW BEARINGS, CAM, VALVE TRAIN. I BELIEVED HIM. BUT I CAN NOT VERIFY THIS INFO SINCE IT HAS NOT BEEN RUN OR LOOKED INTO. MILEAGE SHOWS 1,691. I WOULD ASSUME THAT MEANS 101,691. THE FUEL TANK IS A FIBERGLASS 10 GALLON THAT IS NOT SECURELY MOUNTED. THIS IS A BIKE YOU WILL NEED TO MAKE ROAD WORTHY WITH VERY LITTLE EFFORT.
Unlike other VW conversions I have seen, the builder of this one wanted to have it stand out. (A VW engine in a motorcycle doesn’t stand out enough?) So the big tank, the great Glaser Fairing, the red paint. This 1967 VMW might have started out as a Black motorcycle, with a 500cc(?) engine. Now it has at lease 1200cc, a huge gas tank, dual disk and a fairing which will break the wind. Are you ready for something different?BB