BMW MOTORCYCLES: 100 YEARS
Author: Alan Dowds
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BMW Motorcycles: 100 Years celebrates the legendary machines built by Germany's leading motorcycle manufacturer.
BMW's long history of evolving technology is highlighted in this detailed story beginning with side-valve machines in the 1920s and early overhead-valve performance bikes, then moving to the postwar R-series Airhead and modern Oilhead twins, followed by four-cylinder and six-cylinder K-series touring bikes, the latest parallel twins, and inline-four cylinder sport bikes. From the first R32 that launched BMW's motorcycle dynasty to the latest S1000RR superbike and R18 mega-cruiser, BMW Motorcycles captures a century of motorcycling excellence in a combination of historical and contemporary photos sourced from BMW's archive.
The stories behind all the classic and modern BMWs are here:
- 1920s and 1930s BMWs like the R5 defined performance in the pre-war era
- The military R12 supported the Wehrmacht as it battled its way across Europe in World War II
- The 1960s R69S offered an excellent platform for both touring and sporting riding
- The R90S café racer and the R100RS, the latter arguably the world's first dedicated sports tourer
- The astounding K1 "flying brick"
- The GS (Gelände Sport) series that launched the adventure-bike revolution
- Today's R18, R nine T, and the world-class S100RR superbike
This is a once-in-100-year story captured in a beautiful book sure to be enjoyed by any BMW Fan.