BMW Bob Job


Older BMWs usually fall into one of three categories; total restoration, mile-eating beater or café racer. 33 member Temecula Terry went in his own direction with a simple goal in mind: to remove and reduce. His Teutonic powerplant is a gorgeous unit that is a complete about-face compared with British twins or Harleys of any era. By the art of subtraction, Terry has built exactly what he wanted: a simple, aesthetically pleasing old motorcycle.



Building this bike was an experience I'll never forget. I made so many good friends, and the Beer Booters got started just from spending time with so many knowledgeable people. Not only BMW nerds, but also moto psychos who came over on a regular basis to lend a hand, talk shit or just to see the progress and have a pint or two. 

I really wanted to make a BMW custom, but keep the lines and soul of a stock BMW. I had to check myself a few times to keep on track, but I like the way things turned out. I left many stock parts, just modded the shit out of them. BMW has some pretty nifty stuff that just needs a little help to make great.

Not knowing anything about BMW's personally, I was at a loss from the start. I knew I wanted things simple, and that the electricals had to go. I asked for help on CC and Wompy, Rudehog and many others stepped up. Although he's partial to Jap machinery, Wompy went to town with me on this BMW, helping me design the entire electrical system and chopping my forks down to size. Thanks, Juan P!

I haven't ridden this bike too much yet, but so far the most satisfying moment was when some dude told me it hardly looked like a motorcycle because it was so clean. That made me happy.


Owner: Temecula Terry Whitehurst

Location: Temecula, CA

Engine, year and make, model, modifications: Stock 1973 R60/5 engine, new Mikuni carbs (owner's note: Why do they call them Bing carbs? Because that's the sound they make when they hit the trash can), air box removed and replaced with K&N's 

Frame: The entire bike was torn down just to find a rusted piece of shit. I had to start from step 1, which was cool. It's stock minus all unnecessary tabs

Fork: Stock, shortened 2"

Chassis mods: Sub-frame shortened

Tire/wheel size and style: Stock rims powdercoated, new spokes 

Favorite thing about this bike: BMW's are weird. You sort of have to like the whole thing. I'm pretty basic, so clean bikes make me happy

Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: I cut down the hand controls and re-shaped them, cut the forks down, rebuilt the wheels, made a custom steering stabilizer, started fresh and re-wired the entire bike to a custom schematic based off racing BMWs. We cut the headlight ears down and put a Bates bucket on and replaced the lens with a '50s Mercedes-Benz lamp. I powdercoated almost everything, and cut down a 30-year-old 2-into-1 Luftmeister racing exhaust system and installed an H-D Sporty baffle inside the muffler. We did an antique polish on the engine covers and cast alloy parts that I like to call vintage aviation style, then made a custom alloy-based seat and added Firestone tires that suck on freeways but look cool

Next modification: Sub-frame rear loop to follow the lines of the seat

Thanks: I must say a big thanks to the boys at BCM, Pat and Kim. I couldn't have done this build without them. Pat and I put our heads together for the battery box and tail light, and Kim finished off both pieces with his usual talents. Wompy at Still Kickin'. Thanks also to McGoo for teaching me how to build my wheels, and to BMW Stoner for all the parts and sharing his knowledge. Thanks Spokesmen Jesse for helping me get this thing fired up, Mike Mellow for supplying Mission Brewery kegs, Bill Bryant for keeping me on track, and to Cop Todd for just being there. Most of all, a special thanks to my lovely wife for putting up with me sitting in the garage working on my bikes for hours on end.

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Commented on 10-20-2010 At 05:13 am

Bob job or Brat style take your pick? Always nice to see something different! good looking bike!

Commented on 10-20-2010 At 05:35 am

fantastic built! love the lines, great detail. Big up!

Commented on 10-20-2010 At 06:56 am

I had a Beemer for a couple years. I wanted to do something with it so bad but man are hard to make look good. I never did much but ride the shit out of it and rack up miles. Eventually selling it out of frustration.

my point?
Very impressed with this bike, solid work.

Commented on 10-20-2010 At 07:06 am

Nice looking bike. I always htought those motors were great looking.

Commented on 10-20-2010 At 07:13 am

bitchin. just the right amount of restraint. can you devulge the tail light? It's the clean little details like that little jewel that set a bike apart.

Commented on 10-20-2010 At 07:29 am

She's a beauty! So clean.

Commented on 10-20-2010 At 07:39 am

Congratulations, man! It looks great.

Commented on 10-20-2010 At 07:49 am

Nice Bike!!. I love BMWs.. would call it a brat more then a bob

Commented on 10-20-2010 At 07:58 am

Super clean!

Commented on 10-20-2010 At 08:31 am

Sweet, Dare to be different!! Tim

Commented on 10-20-2010 At 08:49 am

probley will never own one but man BMW motors are so dam cool looking...great looking bike

Commented on 10-20-2010 At 08:57 am

this thing is super clean man good job terry

Commented on 10-20-2010 At 10:41 am

Terry Knocked it out of the park with this build. Attention to detail made the flawless lines of this bike pop like a brake dancer on card board in the mid 80's! I have never taken a real interest in airheads until I saw this bike in person.
Awesome bike owned by one cool dude!

Commented on 10-20-2010 At 10:58 am

Nice, this is by far my favorite Beemer!!!

Commented on 10-20-2010 At 11:13 am

Very cool Terry!

Commented on 10-20-2010 At 12:15 pm

very nice! good job sir

Commented on 10-20-2010 At 12:18 pm

I'm really diggin' this style. Very much like the cool stuff on
Nice job love it.

Commented on 10-20-2010 At 01:28 pm

Great change of pace, but not too obscure. This porridge tastes just right.

Commented on 10-20-2010 At 04:35 pm

Really sweet boxer man, clean & original.... dig the beer reveiws on your blog too!

Commented on 10-20-2010 At 05:43 pm

A really BIG thanks to you guys! I didnt think it would get this many accolades - I cant even begin to tell you how super stoked I am that so many of you like my Motorcycle - THANK YOU...

Commented on 10-20-2010 At 09:18 pm

I might add, my son Flynn took the action pics for this feature from the sidecar of my "Bad Idea" bike. Nice work, dude!

Commented on 10-21-2010 At 08:32 am

that Beezie is a Duzie, Floozie!

Commented on 10-21-2010 At 08:42 am

i've got the jap cb450 version of this so naturally i love it. awesome bike.

Commented on 10-21-2010 At 10:43 am

Very Extra Great! Super clean beemer!

Commented on 10-22-2010 At 02:12 pm

Best Looking Bike I've Scene in Awhile

Commented on 10-22-2010 At 07:16 pm

Man Terry, Nice & Clean. Good stuff!

Commented on 10-24-2010 At 11:12 am

Great looking bike Terry

Commented on 10-27-2010 At 10:10 am

Nice work! Looks very similar to what I did to my old boxer -

Commented on 10-28-2010 At 03:45 pm

great job terry simple clean nice details hope to see it at slab city

Commented on 10-28-2010 At 04:57 pm

Wow - came back to look at some pics to steal and whammo, more comments - THANKS EVERYONE, it means so much to me you guys are diggin something I built.
Mostros, bitchen bike!
Yeh, Ill be riding out on the WUSS ride from Temecula. I consider it literally torture riding the bike like mine that far and that slow, but Im going to do it anyhow.


Commented on 11-3-2010 At 10:19 pm

This build brought a smile to my face when you talked about it, when you were working on it, and when I had the pleasure of taking her for a spin. Sick job my man. You may not be able to make chase with me through the canyons on this beast but this machines form is absolutely stunning.
Molto Bello

Commented on 9-29-2011 At 04:00 pm

That is beautiful. would love to see more shaft drive stuff on CC, maybe someone work up a diesel? Those are my life goals.

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