By popular demand we've brought over this history time-line from the old website. It's not up to date, but customers ask about it, so we'll keep it right here...

Here's a brief history of BBR Motorsports, Inc:

   
THE BROWN BROTHERS

Growing up in Kent, Washington, the Brown brothers have always been close.  From the beginning, life revolved around anything with wheels.
    BBR Boys in 1973
1973
   
       
BBR Boys in 1976    
THE BEGINNING

Chris (9), Duane(11), and Brent (14) buy out NK Cycle from their mentor-cousin, Brian Demaray, and begin distribution of BMX parts and motocross accessories in their parent's garage as "Brown Brothers Bike World".
1976
   
       
XR75s

Hot products at Bike World are from DG, Redline, FMF, Bel-Ray, and GT.  Profits are blown on trick motorcycle parts.  A 10-year-old Chris stands next to his DG/XR75.
 
    Chris with XR75
1977
   
       
Bike World      
MOVING UP

The bike shop moves into an 1,100 square foot retail space in Kent, WA.  The "Tracker" BMX team is formed and the brothers alternate between the BMX tracks and the motocross tracks.
1978
   
       
THE FIRST BBR BIKE

While classmates in Jr. High shop class build pot holders, Chris and Duane build a custom XR75 with a hand-fabricated frame incorporating a custom linkage-style single shock and swingarm combo, dual leading brakes, and a modified Powroll engine.  Grade:  A+.
 
    BBR XR75
1979
   
       
Duane YZ80      
MONEY WELL SPENT

Duane and Chris puchase a YZ80 from the local Yamaha dealer.  The payment is $23 per month.  Dad (Charlie Brown) lets the boys bulldoze the backyard into a mini-motocross track.
1980
   
       
SUCCESS

The bike shop thrives and provides the resources to play with more motorcycles and race cars.  The "BBR" logo first appears on Brent's 1969 Roadrunner drag-car as he wins a 1981 West Coast divisional event at Seattle International Raceway at age 18.
 
    BBR 1969 Roadrunner
1981
   
       
BBR BMX Team      
THE BMX DAYS

The brothers change the name of the shop to "BBR" (Brown Brothers Racing).  The BBR BMX team supports 14 riders who compete at national events across the country.
1982
   
       
SHIFTING GEARS

The bike shop is sold and a new 2,500 square-foot motorsports machine shop is built with a three acre supercross-style track in the back.  The brothers can now machine all kinds of motorsports parts during the day and ride every evening until dark.
 
    BBR RM125
1984
   
       
BBR XR100 swingarm      
BBR PRODUCTION

BBR begins stuffing XR engines into YZ's, CR's and RM's.  The Brothers' personal motocross bikes get more exotic.  Hand-built BBR aluminum swingarms become available for the XR75-100, and orders pour in.
1986
   
       
THE BROWN BROTHERS

Chris studies at Seattle Pacific University for his Computer Science degree, Duane receives his fabrication degree, and Brent graduates with a business and finance degree.  The perfect team for the BBR business takes shape.
 
     
1987
   
       
BBR Plymouth Superbird      
MUSCLE CARS

In addition to motorcycles, BBR begins to restore Mopar muscle cars.  Over the next four years, BBR would restore over 30 show winning cars, earning a reputation for craftsmanship and attention to detail.  (Brent's 1970 SuperBird)
1988
   
       
THE VISION

Duane and Chris set out to build the trickest 4-stroke motorcycles in the world.  Brent begins developing a formal business plan for BBR.  In 1991, Duane and Chris win best of show with their 1969 Hemi 4-speed Road Runner at the West Coast Mopar Nationals.
 
    BBR 1969 Hemi Roadrunner
1992
   
       
BBR Chris with Pancreatitis      
MAKE EVERY DAY COUNT

Chris develops life-thretening pancreatitis and spends the next 10 years of his life in and out of the hospital.  The first BBR Aluminum Frames were designed from a hospial bed.  Life is short so do what you love...motorcycles.
1994
   
       
COMING OUT

BBR debuts its first Aluminum Framed Race Bikes at the White Brothers 4-Stroke Championships.  A BBR 280 is featured in the new Mikuni calendar (Duane's wife jokingly adds coverage to the swimsuit with a felt marker).  American Honda takes interest in BBR's prototyping and a long standing relationship is formed.
 
    BBR on Mikuni Fast Dates Calendar
1995
   
       
BBR on Cover of Dirt Bike magazine      
COVER SHOTS

BBR's Aluminum Framed XR400 hits the cover of both Dirt Bike and Motocross Action Magazine.  MXA deems it "The World's Best 4-Stroke".  Versions of this bike win numerous classes at the 4-Stroke World Championships.
1996
   
       
THE HINDENBERG

BBR Fabricates "The Hindenberg", a hand-made Aluminum Perimeter Frame with a Husaberg 501 motor.  Honda development rider Rich Taylor podiums the bike against full factory riders at the Washougal Outdoor Nationals.  Does your new CRF450R look familiar?
 
    BBR Husaberg
1997
   
       
BBR Welding frame cradles      
EXPANSION

BBR swings into production of complete Custom Aluminum Framed Motocross Bikes.  A line of aftermarket parts is developed for the new YZ400 4-Stroke, and BBR Frame Kits are in high demand for XR/CR conversions.
1998
   
       
PERIMETERS

BBR's Perimeter Framed YZ426 is introduced and retails for $22,000.  Other bikes include a Works Suzuki RM400, TT-R225/YZ125 Conversion and a variety of custom mini's.  Magazine coverage and numerous race wins result in rapid company growth.  The waiting list for BBR bikes stretches to over six months.
 
    BBR cover of Motocross Action Magazine
2000
   
       
BBR cover of Motocross Action Magazine      
FOUNDATION

BBR's new Aluminum Perimeter Framed YZF250F 4-Stroke hits the market.  Weighing 20 lbs. less than the stock bike.  It is the foundation for Honda's future CRF250R.  Hand-crafted race bikes remain the foundation of BBR.
2001
   
       
PLAYBIKE OF THE YEAR

Motocross Action Magazine names BBR's TT-R125, "Playbike of the Year", and the first Aluminum Framed XR50 is on the cover of Dirt Bike Magazine ridden by Travis Pastrana.  Work continues on the development of a BBR Aluminum Perimeter Frame for the 50 along with a CRF150F components program.
 
    BBR Playbike of the year
2002
   
       
BBR White Brother 4-stroke Championships      
MINI BIKE DEVELOPMENT

Sales of BBR 50's soar with the development of the BBR "Super-Pro" Frame Kit.  BBR 50's place 1-2-3 at the 4-Stroke World Championships at Glen Helen.  BBR 150's take 1-8 at Langtown and 1-10 a the White Brother's Nationals.
2003
   
       
THE ULTIMATE MINI

BBR introduces the first Aluminum Perimeter Frame for the 50 and the 110 mini-bike market after four years of development.  The first water-cooled 50 prototype is tested.  BBR places 1-10 at the Las Vegas Mini-Moto Nationals with Aluminum Framed bikes ridden by MC, Taylor, Stanton, Antunez, Lewis, Hagseth, and others.
 
    BBR Rich Taylor at Mini Moto 2004
2004
   
       
BBR Moves to new building      
BBR'S NEW FACILITY

BBR' new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility houses the latest in CAD design, CNC technology and one of the largest selections of innovative 4-Stroke MX performance products in the world.
2005
   
       
CRF150R CHANGES EVERYTHING

Honda releases the revolutionary CRF150R and BBR goes wild!  Over a dozen parts are released within 30 days of the release of the CRF150R and a prototype Aluminum Perimeter Frame is developed.
 
    BBR CRF150R Parts
2006
   
       
BBR's Derek Costela and Jeremy McGrath at Mini Moto 2007      
THE FUTURE

BBR wins the AMA #1 plate for the third year in a row at MiniMoto SX. BBR's Perimeter Frame technology continues to give racers a competitive advantage. BBR Factory Perimeter Frame 150R bikes dominate the 2007 CRF150R World Championship race at Glen Helen, finishing 1st and 2nd in both motos.
2007