BMW PAINT, COLOR CODES, etc. 1970 - ??
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This page contains a summary of all 1970 & later BMW Airhead motorcycle colors & paint codes, that I know about, and, while it is mostly North America shipped colors, I HAVE added some European information over the years here. I have some links to UK & 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
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.
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. 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 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 up this area. Inquire on the appropriate Internet Mailing List or Forum.
Miscellaneous codes, colors, containers, etc:
Below are the actual paint codes for various models & years. These numbers are not in complete numerical order...so, scan down fully!
Every model that used a particular Paint Code MIGHT NOT be listed under the Models column.
RE: Those so-called Belgian Police R100RS bikes:
None of the "Belgian Police" R100RS bikes* had Red Smoke Paint. They had Red Metallic tanks and seat cowl, as well as the upper fairing with semi-matte back on the lowers, sidecovers and rear fender. The Red was the same as the 1977 R100S.
Some of those bikes had black lowers, others had all red fairings with black sidecovers. That whole run of bikes was a PITA for Butler & Smith. I think I got sent to the warehouse about 50 times to look at different bikes to make sure WHAT paint each had, because the dealers were selling the bikes, based on a vague description, then they would call AFTERWARD to see if that was what they were getting. One of the Sales Reps made up the BS story about the bikes being destined for the Belgian Police.
*(they were never built for the Belgian Police, that is just a BS story that has persisted for so long that it is widely accepted)
Above is verbatim from Tom's posting to the Airheads List on 01/29/2017.
|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. Supposedly also used on Motorsport R100RS. In Europe, Creme White was on the R50/5.|
Black (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; R80/7; 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. Not gold, but almost a feces-colored brown, and was never used on R100/7 shipped to the U.S. Havana Gold was used with gold pin-striping scheme, color 104||1976 - 1978 (only a few 1976 R90/6)||R90/6 - R100/7, R75/7, and 1978 R80/7. Supposedly available on R100S. Supposedly not used on R100/7 to USA.|
Bol 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
1975 - 1976
see to left
R60/6 - R90/6.
see to left
this is NOT the 002 color that was also used on some early cars
|1972 - 1974||
R50/5 - R90/6
|530||Silver Metallic, with a clear coating-used with #105||1977 - 1978||R100RS|
|531||Red Metallic||1977 - 1978; maybe to 1980||R100/7 SPECIAL; R100S|
|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|
Gold Metallic, used with #110.
There was also a M. Gold 046/546; and perhaps a 031/531 M. silver
|1978 and possibly later||R100RS|
|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|
Silver Smoke (TT-Silberrasch??)
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|
Pearl White. Some literature suggests that 999 was a Motorsport color, white with blue/red, and used on 1978+ R100RS
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
confirmed, may be
unconfirmed, may be scheme
USA, & may be other
|656||Classic Black Metallic||USA sold R100R, 1994 models, and maybe others|
Below are paint codes that tended to be used in Europe:
|Some R80, R100GS, K1200, R1150GS|
|265||Aluminum White||265||K1100LT, R1150GS Adventure|
|571||Perlmutt, also called Pearl White||621/634/
|668||Black 2||668||R850 and later; some F650, some oilheads|
|special code 9005||Deep Black||F650GS|
Last check/edit: Friday, November 10, 2017