BMW PAINT COLOR CODES 1970 - ??
© copyright, 2013, R.
Be SURE to read this ENTIRE Introductory Section!!
This page contains a summary of all 1970 and later BMW Airhead motorcycle
colors and paint codes, that I know about, and
it is mostly North America shipped colors. I HAVE added
some European information over the years here. I have some links
to UK and Euro information sources.
There is also SOME, not extensive, information on K bike and Oilhead colors.
I DO have a LOT of information on older BMW car paints, you can ask about a specific model, year, color.
Each BMW motorcycle (and cars too) is coded with a three-digit paint finish code number. BMW motorcycles use that code number, usually found on a label under the seat, to refer to an over-all paint job..... this is a FINISH code; that covers the entire paint job. Europeans refer to that finish code as a Scheme code. All of which means exactly what I say here. This is NOT a number that describes 'just' the color of the paint....although that is often also the case. You can think of this as the number describes an entire paint SCHEME....except for exact paint gun passes, thickness of coatings, exact placement of pinstripes, ...in other words it is not a full engineering description, but it IS a solid description of the products used. This code does describe, or not fully, pinstriping, even dual-pin-striping. I can help you with SOME of the information, for USA and for Europe/UK, but please do not ask unless you have serious reasons for doing so, as it takes a LOT of my time to delve through the various literature I have to determine a good answer for you!
Glasurit, and some others, have information....they know what that BMW FINISH code means. This is particularly troublesome with the pinstriping and the smoked colors, and the orange R90S paint job, ETC. There may be several color coats used, and a finishing top clear coat, one or more colors or types of pinstriping, etc....it all depends on the model.
For example, you might have a bike whose under-seat label has 572. That is a specific BMW color, Magenta Red, and you CAN get paint in that color. But....for 572 you also need a clear coat, and what about the gold pin-striping used most often with that paint code? Is it a single pin-stripe or a dual pin-stripe? Is it installed before the top clear coat, or underneath? How many layers or dusting coatings of a paint to use to get the appropriate depth of color?...too much/many may be darker than originally intended.
This is just one area where a highly experienced professional painter earns their money. In some instances there is a BASE color coat, which then has an over-coat to get some desired effect...or more than one....and then perhaps a clear coat. SOME paints are NOT clear coated. When investigating a paint code you may need to contact the paint manufacturer, try Glasurit (see note 5 below) for the information, although some of this is found in BMW literature/parts lists.
Not only are these things somewhat confusing, but you may
find in some instances that the colors and coatings, etc.,
are all the same, but a different code number signifies perhaps
a different PATTERN to a pinstripe.
BMW and Butler & Smith, the importers of the early BMW bikes, sometimes had
different names for the same color when used on different models!
BMW used a descriptive 00 for color for right hand drive cars, single 0 for left hand!
This is a rather short list for paint work. I have not kept this area up. Inquire on the appropriate Internet Mailing List or Forum.
Miscellaneous codes, colors, containers, etc:
Below are the actual paint codes for various models and years. These numbers are ONLY APPROXIMATELY in numerical order...so, scan down fully!
Every model that used a particular Paint Code MIGHT NOT be listed under the Models column.
|Paint Code||Color Description||Years||Models|
|023 / 523||Granada Red||1973 - 1974||R50/5 - R90/6|
|051 / 052||Phoenix Gold Matt Flat Lowers; used with $113 and 104||1979||R100RT, R100T|
|057||Polaris Silver||1970 - 1971||R50/5 - R75/5|
|060||Imola Polaris Silver. Metallic. This color was never used on R100/7 shipped to the U.S.||1972 - 1974||R50/5 - R90/6|
|074||Green Metallic||1973 - 1974||R50/5 - R90/6|
|084 / 584||White, Federweiss. Also in Europe, called Creme White when JUST code 084||1970 - 1976||R50/5 - R90/6. In Europe, Creme White was on the R50/5|
(Avus), used with #101.
NOTE: Avus Black was always 086, but has been used with 519/086/640/590/608, since year 1955.
|1970 - 1976||R50/5 - R90/6; with R100/7 add #125 Mittelrot|
|130||Dk. Blue Met/Iceberg blue = Dunkelblau. Used with #101||1979 - 1980||/7; R100T - R100RS|
|131||Silver, Hellsilber; with #101 & #112||1979||R100RS|
|This was the code for the 1978 R100RS "Motorsport" model. The 585 is also called Weise Motorsport. The painting consists of white panels using #083 white; the center fairing panel was red #133; the tricolor pinstriping was using colors 113, 114, 115||1978||R100RS MOTORSPORT|
|510||Daytona Orange, used with #107||1975 - 1976||R90S|
|511||Havana Gold. This is not really a gold, but nearly a feces-colored brown, and was never used on R100/7 shipped to the U.S. The Havana Gold was used with a gold pin-striping scheme, color 104||1976 - 1978 (only a few 1976 R90/6)||R90/6 - R100/7, including the 1978 R80/7. Supposedly also available on R100S|
D' or Red. 526 and 528 were used as Bol d'or-rot
It was reported to me that, at least in Germany, the code 528 signified TURQUOISE, and was used on 1992 or 1993, or both, R100RT
see to left
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this is NOT the 002 color that was also used on some early cars
|1972 - 1974||
|530||Silver Metallic, with a clear coating-used with #105||1977 - 1978||R100RS|
|531||Red Metallic||1977 - 1980||R100/7 SPECIAL|
|532||Black Metallic. Used with #104||1977 - 1978||R60/7 - R100/7|
|084 / 533||Blue Metallic. May have been used with #101, not 084, unclear??||1977 - 1978||R100/7 - R60/7|
|534||Burnt Orange Metallic. /6, /7 may have used it with #101||1977 - 1978||R100/7 - R60/7|
|538||Monza Blue metallic||1972 - 1976||R50/5 - R90/6|
Metallic, used with #110.
There was also a M. Gold 046/546; and perhaps a 031/531 M. silver
|548||Silver Beige RT Lower/RS, used with #107||1980||R65???; R100RS RT??|
|551||Red||1979 - 1980||R65|
|552||Phoenix Gold Upper|
|553||Red Smoke (dunklerot), metallic, used with #104||1978 - 1980||R100S; R100RS; R100RT|
NOTE: It was reported that the early R90S had its gold striping being a TAPE, and it was applied AFTER the clear coat
|1974 - 1976||R90S, R100S|
|577||Nuerburg Green||1975 - 1976||R60/6 - R90/6|
|583||Motorsport (White)||1978||R100RS Sport|
|589 / 088||Bronco, may be used as 589/116||1979 - 1980||R65, R100T other /7+|
|509||Red Smoke||1981 - 1982||R100RT|
|520||Green Smoke metallic. Dark green metallic #164; Amazonas grün, used with #104. Unclear, one source says Schwarz black 168 is used with a matt black 121.||1981||R100RT|
|507||Silver Graphite; known as Polaris graphite metallic with #163||1981 - 1982 - 1983||R100RS|
|508||Red Smoke. As 508/509, with 553, was Lavarot. Metallic, R100RS.||1981 - 1982||R10ORS; for R100RT add #104.|
|506||Classic Black, metallic, used with #162 and 104 on R100S||1981||R100CS|
|505||Silver, known as Stratos silver, used with 161 and 126, on R100/7||1981 - 1982||R100|
|504||Blue; called Atlantic Blue Metallic used with #124 and 125 on R100/7||1981||R100|
|519||Black; possibly used with 101, 125||1981 - 1982 - 1983||R100 R100/7|
|519||Black||1981 - 1982 - 1983||R65|
|518||Red||1981 - 1983||R65|
|501||Blue||1981 - 1982||R65|
|562||Henna Red||1982 - 1983||R65LS|
|563||Polaris Metallic||1982 - 1983||R65LS|
|558||Pacific Blue Metallic||1982 - 1983||R80GS|
|542||Alaska Blue; probably uses paint code 136||1983||R10ORS|
|137||metallic mother of pearl white||subcodes 571/621/634/650||various, and some K|
Last Edition bikes
Last Edition bikes
|544||Pacific Blue. I have heard that a near perfect match for this color is Lamborghini Midnight Blue, F0930F. For the original BMW color scheme, the base was a dark blue #130, dunkleblau, and a silver pinstripe was used, mittelsilber.||1983 and 1984||R80RT|
|133||Rennsport red (Rennsportrot)||R100RS|
|566||Red Metallic....note that the 566 color is the same as the 531 red, used with the 104 gold stripe, in a slightly different stripe pattern||1983 and 1984||R80RT|
|031||Red metallic, used with #104, but on R100/7, used with #111||/7|
|048||Brown metallic, used with 051||R100RT, R100T|
|597, 601, 602, 603||All are called Minzgrün. With #603 was called Minzgrün-Hell, used with 094 and 101||/7 series|
|583/584||Police White||583/584/607/083/581||Police motors. Not the only Police White...see 083 in next table. Also 581/583|
|083||Police white; used with 101, 108, 097, and likely used with 601 and/or 602 numbers too. Some 083 was used just with 102, and some #108|
|580||RAL6012 black||/6, /7|
|054||Ocean Blue, used with 113, 114, 115||R100S, R100RS|
|644||Bermuda Blue. Base was bermudablau 225 and a silver pinstripe was used.||1988-1989||R100RT|
Below are paint codes that tended to be used in Europe:
|146||Alpine White||629/628/637/638/659/620/592/642/999/649/793||Some R80, R100GS, K1200, R1150GS|
|265||Aluminum White||265||K1100LT, R1150GS Adventure|
|571||Perlmutt, also called Pearl White||621/634/571/137/650|
|668||Black 2||668||R850 and later; some F650, some oilheads|
|special code 9005||Deep Black||F650GS|
I will probably never finish this paint codes page. DO keep in mind that the Paint Code under the seat is the FINISH SCHEME CODE, it covers all facets, generally, for the various paints, coatings, stripes, etc. That paint code under the seat is NOT the code for the paint color you see, although it may be descriptive-enough! The Finish Scheme code number does not tell you how to get the correct paint colour depth, how to exactly place pinstripes, etc. LOTS of ETC!
Of all the technical pages on this website, this page is the one most likely to have errors on it. Please report such, in detail, to me. I can be reached at this E-mail address: CLICK!
04-22-2003: add .htm title
06-14-2003: NOTE 1 and NOTE 2
12-10-2003: add NOTE 3 on Phil Hawksley's website near top of page; add NOTE 4
05-03-2004: Add big red information and thusly clarify paint code information
05/16/2004: clarify NOTE 1.
08/16/2004: add note 5, plus minor clarifications in discussing paint codes in general
12/08/2004: correct a change URL for Hawksley's site, modify our title, add some notes for 566 and 544.
02/15/2005: Update Havana Gold and M. silver; RS for 1978
02/26/2005: clarify information at top of page, add copyright and homepage url
06/19/2005: minor clarifications and add a hyperlink
12/15/2005: Add 585 information
09/23/2006: Clarifications on wheels and frame
10/31/2006: Clarification on some colors and years
11/02/2006: Clarify pinstriping on some models
11/11/2006: Add Note 12 and add RS and RT to existing R100S on PC 553
11/18/2006: Extensive revisions and clarifications. Most of the Ruling codes now shown; they, &
sub-colors incorporated when known.
02/19/2007: luggage information (Note #13)
01/08/2008: fix bad hyperlinks
09/04/2008: change snowbum's e-mail address
10/23/2008: Add note on German Turquoise, for code 528
10/16/2009: clean up the page, and also clarify initial information on paint codes
01/24/2010: Add note in 561
01/27/2010: Add Note #1
02/27/2011: Add table for European colors and start inserting information
06/28/2011: Remove bad hyperlink from Note 3
08/08/2011: slight revision in wording in several places but no change in data
08/29/2011: minor update for K bike valve cover paint.
02/11/2012: Updating SOME R80RT and R100RT; add another table with cells
06/14/2012: Add Additional Information section
08/26/2012: Revise entire article; mostly to clean up by using more tables; but also to condense
and re-arrange and make article easier to use.
10/28/2012: Edit phosphoric acid treatment area
01/21/2013: Add Note 9; minor changes here and there for clarity.
© copyright, 2013, R. Fleischer