Battle of the Legends October 1991, Jeff Smith the Executive Director of the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association met with BMW representatives to plan a sponsorship package for the upcoming vintage motorcycle racing season. What started out that day as an idea over lunch became a major motorcycle race series known as “The BMW Battle of the Legends.”
The concept: motorcycle legends of days-gone-by racing identically prepared BMW motorcycles at the AHRMA vintage races at Daytona Beach, Florida and later at Loudon, NH; Sears Point, CA and Lexington, OH.
In March of 1992 the first event was held at Daytona International Speedway. It featured 10 motorcycle celebrities and drew a crowd of 16,000 racing fans. Eight additional BMW Battle of the Legends events have been held in front of a collective audience of more than 200,000.
There were a total of 23 Legends involved in the races called the Battle of the Legends. 9 races were held over the years 1992 through 1996 Daytona 1992 Sears Point, CA 1994 Daytona 1993 Daytona 1995 Loudon, NH 1993 Mid-Ohio 1995 Daytona 1994 Daytona 1996 Mid-Ohio 1996
Legend - Walter Zeller
Walter Zeller was a former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer from Germany. Zeller rode for BMW beginning in 1951 and became the lead rider for the BMW factory racing team in 1954. Walter Zeller’s career includes earning a gold medal during the 1951 International Six Days Trial (now known as the International Six Days Enduro), three German national championships, plus a memorable ride in the Senior TT at the Isle of Man in 1956.
When asked to join the BMW Battle of the Legends for the second race in 1993, he did so graciously and without fanfare. That was his style. At age 65 years old- he competed in the race and had a wonderful time! Walter Zeller passed away in 1995.
For Sale- 1993 R100R “Battle of the Legends” Bike
Ridden and Signed by Walter Zeller
One of the BMW R100R Models used in BMW Battle of the Legends events in 1993. The identical new Race Prepared, Track Certified, BMW R100R “Boxers” sport the new Battle of the Legends graphics on pearl white paint. There were only 17 of these bikes setup for Daytona 1993 the Battle of the Legends race. Fifteen were raced by “Motorcycle Legends” and two were backups.
This bike is # 15, serial number 0280581 RARE!!! 1993 R100R Battle of the legends BMW Factory race bike Pearl white, 29,288 miles. All original as factory prepared, signed by the legendary BMW Factory Motorcycle Racer Walter Zeller! The bike has never been down. This was BMW’s “back up” bike for the Battle of the Legends race held in Daytona in 1993, and was ridden in the later race by Walter Zeller.
Re-Psycle BMW, Parts has just finished a BMW Factory specified Major Service (10K) on this bike. This bike has also been made street ready with the addition of turn signals, center stand and side stand.
The paint is beautiful, with only a few minor flaws, some light scratches on the top of the tank. Everything is in excellent condition. The tires are near new, the rear shock was recently replaced (we still have the original; it goes with the bike), the exhaust has no damage, the seat has no tears.
This BMW Factory prepared R100R is the nicest running R100R we’ve ever had the pleasure to ride! The motor is strong, the suspension a pleasure. The exhaust has a strong note! It is definitely not as quiet as other R100Rs; BMW obviously did some work there, but it should not draw noise tickets.
The bike comes with a tool kit, a book about “the Battle of the Legends” series, 2 “Battle of the legends” video tapes, and a white (but sweat stained) “Battle of the Legends” cloth cap.
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