The Bike of the Month contest is held monthly at the Vintage Bike OC meet. Qualifying motorcycles must be 30 years old or older. Former Bike of the Month winning bikes are not eligible to win again.
Anyone attending the meet is eligible to enter a qualifying bike in the contest and vote for
their favorite bike. The winning bike is chosen by a popular vote and is featured on the Home page for one month and in this feature article. The Bike of the Month articles are permanent content on the site.
|January 2018 Bike of the Month
Eugene Garcin & Mary Wong with their 1929 BMW R63
Country of Origin: Germany
Engine: 750cc Twin
Transmission: 3 speed
Owner: Eugene Garcin & Mary Wong
Congratulations to Eugene Garcin & Mary Wong of Hollywood for winning Bike of the Month with their 1929 BMW R63.
They won a trophy provided by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys.
Eugene & Mary have won Bike of the Month five times before:
1934 Cotton 500cc 25J in February 2017
1968 BMW R69US in July 2015
1952 BMW R67/2 in March 2014
1954 BMW R51/3 in November 2012
1953 BMW R68 in July 2012
The R63 was the first 750cc motorcycle for BMW. It was built for racing and is extremely rare. In its two year production
from 1928 through 1929, only 800 R63 models were produced.
Eugene says it's hard to ride in modern traffic mainly due to the setup of the controls. Two levers on the right, one for choke and one for the throttle along with the front brake.
On the left, the clutch lever and the timing advance. The shift lever is on the right with third gear being for high speeds only. The racing models were capable of 120mph.
It has a unique rear brake which is a drum around the drive shaft. A detailed photo is in the gallery showing the rear brake and it's pedal right behind the floorboard.
The headlight on this model has three modes, high beam, low beam and parking lights showing BWM's early interest in safety features.
Eugene bought this bike a year ago at the Las Vegas auction. It was restored in the Black Forest of Germany.
Thank you Eugene & Mary for bring the BMW for all of us to see. See all the photos in our January Gallery.
||Bike of the Month Gallery
Photo gallery of all the Bike of the Month winners.