About Wunderlich America

If you are new to Wunderlich, we welcome and invite you to explore the many accessories that can open up fascinating possibilities for personalizing your BMW. Or as we like to call it "Completing Your BMW". Most of our products are designed by Wunderlich and made in Germany. These parts are developed with the highest quality standards with emphasis on fitment, functionality, practicality and drivability. We also import items from other European manufacturers to offer a complete array of service and replacement parts, tools and performance upgrades for your BMW motorcycle.

Wunderlich Enters Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

BMW motorcycle parts specialist Wunderlich is in the starting line-up at this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on July 25th, featuring a highly customized BMW “RaceR” model for this race. As the only German team, the crew from Sinzig will be hitting the 12.42 mile long, legendary mountain track that leads through 156 curves and climbs up 4720 altitude feet to the Rocky Mountain 14,115 foot peak near Colorado Springs.  The high altitude’s thin air decreases the engine power from start line to finish.  For over a hundred years the best and finest road racers have competed on this mountain track, which only has been continuously paved in the last 5 years. Competitors and bikes must be in top shape and condition simply to finish, let alone win. Wunderlich’s “RaceR”, a radically modified BMW R 1200 R, will be piloted by multiple champion of the German Fischereihafen race, Thilo Günther. Scaled down to a weight of 429 pounds, and thanks to special custom motor parts, the “RaceR” boxer achieves 143 hp on its rear wheel. The custom beast is being flown in from Germany to Wunderlich America in California.   From there the awesome crew will make the trek out to Pikes Peak in a cool Wunderlich cross-country trek of motorhomes, trailers containing race bikes and of course, riders on BMW street bikes. Info Tickets [...]

BMW Motorcycle Parts: 13 Builders Share Their Favorite Mods

The world of BMW motorcycle parts is full of creativity. There’s something about BMWs that lends itself to customization and a personal touch. Custom shops all around the world are building great bikes for their customers, and we love checking out the latest builds from guys here in the US and all across the globe. But how do these builders think about the parts on their bikes? How do they decide what to leave stock and what to modify? We decided to find out. We asked them these 3 questions. What are your favorite BMW motorcycle parts to customize? Is there one part that you never customize in your builds? What’s your thought process when you design a custom part? Their answers were awesome. Read on! 1. Scott Halbleib, H Garage: What are your favorite BMW motorcycle parts to customize? Depends on the model but I like to reduce bulk and get rid of plastic so tail section, seat, side covers, minimize the controls, things like that. Scott’s 1985 BMW K100RS. Photo courtesy of the builder. Is there one part that you never customize in your builds? Not necessarily but typically I’ve used the stock BMW tanks. Not to say I wouldn’t do a tank swap or modification, just haven’t to date. What’s your thought process when you design a custom part? I have to look at the bike as a whole. I come up with a design concept for the whole project then make sure whatever I customize follows [...]

By | February 28th, 2017|Wunderlich|0 Comments

53 Rallies for BMW Motorcycle Enthusiasts, Holiday 2016–Spring 2017

Image courtesy of Rex Brown. Licensed under Creative Commons 2.0. At Wunderlich America, we're passionate about the BMW community. And though the holidays are nearly upon us, that doesn’t have to mean the end of the ride. All across the country, local and national BMW motorcycle clubs have some awesome events lined up to close out the 2016 season. Whether it’s the last ride of the year or just having a few beers with like-minded people, there are plenty of options out there. Remember, while many clubs welcome non-members, some events may be for members only. When in doubt, contact club officers directly for more information. NOTE: Information may change without warning. Below, we present the most up-to-date information as of October, 2016. Please do your own research if you plan on attending any of these events. Editor's note: An earlier version of this article included The Last Ride of the Year as well as an event with the NEO BMW Riders. As of November 3, 2016, the Last Ride website has become unreachable and we've received word that the NEO BMW Riders event is canceled. We have removed these events from our list. We apologize for any inconvenience.  I. November 2016 Rides, Rallies, and Parties II. December 2016 Rides, Rallies, and Parties III. 2017 Rides, Rallies, and Parties I. November 2016 Rides, Rallies, and Parties Image courtesy of Craig Howell. Licensed under Creative Commons 2.0. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, Beemer fans have a lot to be thankful [...]

By | October 27th, 2016|Wunderlich|0 Comments

14 BMW Motorcycle Parts And Resources That Undeniably Improve Your Ride

Featured image courtesy of Benjamin Thompson. Licensed under Creative Commons 2.0 SA.  BMW motorcycle enthusiasts know the importance of great parts, accessories, and resources. The riding experience is more than the sum of its parts, and that means that one small change can make or break it. The perfect glove can literally transform your ride into total comfort. The right tour company can change a rider’s life with an incredible experience. At Wunderlich America, we’re passionate about BMW motorcycle parts. We want BMW enthusiasts to have the best accessories in the world. In this post, we’ve gathered some of our favorite accessories and riding resources. We hope this article will help you take your ride to the next level. Read on! 1. Riding Gloves, Jackets, and Race Suits by HELD We have been wearing HELD gloves for as many years as we have been riding BMWs. HELD is a family-owned company in Southern Germany that actually started making work gloves. This eventually transformed into motorcycle gloves and today, HELD offers far more than just gloves, but excellent riding gear, apparel and much more. HELD has also developed Over & Under Technology, which allows riders to stay dry while wearing their HELD gear. This two-piece, detachable outer membrane can be slipped on quickly if it starts to rain. It offers the full flexibility which riders require. HELD jackets offer comfort, durability, and an impeccable sense of style. With numerous designs in the HELD catalog, there’s truly something for every rider. We can’t [...]

William’s Tech Tips – Final Drive Seal Installation

Welcome to William’s Tech Tips! Need to replace your final drive seal?  Here’s what you do… [This applies to 1970 through 1984 dual shock BMW models.] The final drive seal output shaft is a common source of oil leak, and it’s an easy seal to replace, if you know how. Removing the cover is easy enough; all you need is a couple of M5 bolts to press the cover off by means of the threaded holes in the cover. Knock the old seal out, clean the cover thoroughly, then install the new seal into the cover. At this point, there’s a danger in possibly damaging the new seal when it passes by the many sharp edges of the final drive output splines. The following solution is as cool as it is simple… When you install the cover with the new seal, it’s imperative that the seal settles in its home undamaged. In this case, all you need is a soda can. Carefully cut the end off of the can with some sharp scissors and place it over the final drive output splines.   Place a Soda Can Over the Final Drive Output Splines   Lube the seal with some LIQUI MOLY LM48 Assembly Lube and slide it over the can and into position.  Be sure to heat the cover with a heat gun so that it fits onto the roller bearing without tension.  As soon as the cover is in place, remove the can, and the seal will [...]

Top Custom BMW Motorcycles of 2015

If you’ve kept up with the custom motorcycle scene, you know how hot BMW customs are right now. At Wunderlich America, we’re huge fans of all things BMW, including the mind-blowing customs that keep popping up all over the globe. With 2015 coming to a close, we decided to comb the web for our favorite custom BMW builds from last year. Yes, it’s almost spring—but it really did take us that long to find the best builds of 2015. Here they are—the Top Custom BMW Motorcycles that made the cut. We’ve broken them down into prize categories based on motorcycle type and whether the final product emphasizes vintage or modern styling. We found 20 bikes total--and many, many more that we couldn't include because of space. To all the great custom shops out there: CONGRATS on a fantastic year, and keep up the good work. CORRECTION: many of these photos were edited by Inazuma Cafe Racer. Our team did not initially realize that the photos we sourced from Inazuma were different from the originals created by the builders. We initially published this article without proper attribution to Inazuma Cafe Racer. We have corrected this problem to the best of our knowledge. Please email Paul Wolf, edtior, press [at] wunderlichamerica [dot] com, with any further corrections. Let's check out the winners. 1st PRIZE, TOP CUSTOM BMW 2015 Bavarian Fistfighter (Rough Crafts) MODERN CAFE RACERS 1st Prize: HPNineT (High Octane Speed Shop) 2nd Prize: The Heinrich Maneuver (Deus Customs) 3rd Prize: Brown (Johnnie Wash) 4th Prize: Sun Kist (BikeBiz) [...]

William’s Tech Tips – Steering Head Bearing Change

Welcome to William's Tech Tips!   Need to replace your steering head bearings?  Here's what you do... The condition of the steering head bearings drastically affects handling and safety. If the bearings are too loose, a dangerous head shake can occur. Often, if you tighten the bearings, the steering will feel notchy, and it will be hard to keep a straight line, especially at low speeds. This can be due to the outer bearings actually having notches worn in, where the bearing rollers make contact. It can also be caused by hardening of the grease, where the stiff grease prevents the bearing rollers from rolling smoothly. Very often, it’s a combination of both, and the steering head bearings need to be replaced for optimal and safe handling. This is a job that you can do yourself with the proper tools. When changing the steering head bearings on your BMW, the most difficult part is removing the old bearings without doing damage to the motorcycle. Here are some tips and suggestions for this job: [Refer to a repair manual for detailed information, torque specs, etc. This is just a generic overview and not intended to describe the entire procedure.] Begin by removing the handlebars, the front wheel, and the fork assemblies. You may also need to remove the front brake assemblies, depending on the model, or maybe you can leave the brake calipers dangling or temporarily secured somehow. Depending on your particular model, you’ll need some rather large sockets or wrenches, [...]

The BMW G650 X Moto.

In our last post, we talked about how the F650 Single eventually led to  the genesis of the G650 GS. Today, we’re going to take a look at one of the sub-models of the G650 platform, specifically the BMW G650 X Moto. The G650X series from BMW were produced between 2006 and 2009. There were three models in the line, the X Challenge, the X Country, and the X Moto. Each one can be considered a factory-customized motorcycle intended to excel in a specific area within the capabilities of the standard G650. All G650X motorcycles were based around the same twin-spark single-cylinder 652cc Rotax engine that was found in the F650 and G650, and each variant was largely identical to the others in terms of frame and suspension. The differences between the models existed mostly in the different body fairings, wheels, and tires. The varying equipment made a huge difference and transformed the standard G650 into three purpose-built machines. First, the X Challenge was intended as an answer to smaller dirt bikes. Next, the X Country was positioned as a dual-sport scrambler motorcycle equipped to handle everything from city pavement, country roads, and remote trails. And finally, the BMW G650 X Moto was built as an on-road Supermoto motorcycle. Supermoto is a specialty type of motorcycle that is a cross between an off-road motorcycle and an on-road sportbike. Originally, Supermoto was a racing class that aimed to bring the best of off-road motocross and sportbike racers into competition with each [...]

By | July 2nd, 2015|BMW G-series|0 Comments

F to G: What’s changed about the single-cylinder G650 GS?

One of the questions we often are asked is on the difference between a certain pair of motorcycle models. You probably already know what we’re talking about, even if you didn’t read the title. In 2000, BMW introduced the F650 GS as a replacement for the original F650 Funduro from the late 90’s. The new model received an updated version of the old 652cc single-cylinder engine, except now with dual overhead cams and producing 50hp. The biggest changes over the Funduro, however, were probably the new location of the gas tank, now under the seat, and updated body styling. The “false tank” up front stored the oil tank, the airbox, and the battery. In 2004 the engine was updated again with twin spark plugs that boosted the power output as well as the fuel economy. It was a great small motorcycle that offered something much more nimble and easier to ride on the trail than a full-size R or K-series bike. However, the original F650 GS was discontinued in 2007 and was replaced by a whole new line of twin-cylinder F-series motorcycles that carried a similar name but were vastly different. The single-cylinder GS motorcycle was such a venerable hit with small-bike motorcycle tourists that it wasn’t gone for long. In 2009, BMW re-launched the motorcycle as the brand-new BMW G650 GS. This new 650 is truer to its Funduro heritage with the same single-cylinder, Rotax-based, 652cc engine. In G-series trim, however, the engine produces an additional 3hp. In the [...]

By | June 29th, 2015|BMW F Series, BMW G-series|1 Comment

BMW Motorcycle Parts to Protect Your Ride!

We’ve already discussed a few of the great products we have to protect the front end of your R1200 GS when you venture off the pavement. But if you spend more time road touring on your R1200 RT, you’ll need a different type of protection. A paved road, while usually smoother than dirt, isn’t nearly as forgiving if your motorcycle ends up with one of the shiny sides down. That’s precisely why Wunderlich has developed a few key BMW motorcycle parts that will protect your ride when accidents happen. We’ve also included a few of the videos we’ve made that can help you through installation. Wunderlich Engine Protection Bars With the boxer engine that is found on all of the R-series motorcycles, one of the particular dangers that a drop or a skid can bring is damage to the valve covers. Since the cylinder heads protrude pretty far from the frame they’re also one of the first parts to touch the ground in a fall. Dragging the heart of your machine across the blacktop is never good so give it some breathing room with the Wunderlich Engine Protection Bars. For the R1200 RT there are versions for both the original oilhead motor (PN: 8160735-736) and for the later liquid cooled models (PN: 20380101-103). Oilhead installation: LC installation: Wunderlich Rear Protection Bars It’s not just the engine that sticks out from the side of the frame. In the rear, your saddlebags can also take quite a bit of punishment if you [...]

By | June 25th, 2015|Wunderlich|0 Comments
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