Everything you want to know about forty of the most iconic BMW motorcycles. BMW Motorcycles offers history and photography on forty of the most iconic motorcycles built by Germany's leading motorcycle manufacturer: BMW. From the preâ??World War II BMWs that defined performance in that era, to the Earles-forked machines that offered the perfect platform for mounting a Steib sidecar, to the "flying bricks," to the GS (Gelände Sport) series that launched a dual-sport revolution, right up to today's world-class superbikes. All of BMW's bike families are coveredâ??the side-valve machines from the preâ??World War II years, the early overhead-valve performance bikes, the postwar Airheads and Oilheads, the three-cylinder, four-cylinder, and six-cylinder touring bikes, the early pushrod singles, the modern overhead-cam singles, the latest parallel twins, and inline-four cylinder sport bikes. From the first model, the R32 that launched BMW's motorcycle dynasty, to the latest (and fastest) model, the World Super Bike dominating S1000RR, this book captures nearly a century of motorcycling excellence with thorough information and stunning, full-color photography.
Get a close look at every production motorcycle ever built by BMW. The Complete Book of BMW Motorcycles is a thorough year-by-year guide to every production machine ever built by Germany's leading motorcycle manufacturer. All the classic bikes are here--pre-World War II BMWs such as the R5 that defined performance in that era; the military R12 that carried the Wehrmacht as it blitzkrieged its way across Europe; the Earles-forked R69S that offered the perfect platform for mounting a Steib sidecar; the R90S cafe racer; the K1 "flying brick"; and the GS (Gelände Sport) series that launched a dual-sport revolution, right up to today's world-class S1000RR. All of BMW's bike families are covered--the side-valve machines from the early years, the early overhead-valve performance bikes, the postwar Airheads and Oilheads, the four- and six-cylinder touring bikes, the early pushrod singles, the modern overhead-cam singles, the latest parallel twins, and inline four-cylinder sport bikes. From the first model, the R32 that launched BMW's motorcycle dynasty, to the latest (and fastest) model, the World-Superbike-dominating S1000RR, The Complete Book of BMW Motorcycles captures nearly a century of motorcycling excellence with a combination of historic and contemporary photos. Complete technical specifications for each model make this book a must-have for any serious BMW aficionado. Don't miss the most thorough reference to these outstanding German motorcycles available today!
Ninety years after the first BMW was created, the R32 in 1923, this magnificent volume serves as a unique source of reference for all collectors and enthusiasts of vintage BMW motorbikes. With precise images and technical information on every single model produced between 19232000, this book provides precious advice and suggestions, as well as in-depth analysis of the motorbikes characteristics. For the first time, all the specific details are gathered in a single publication: chassis, motor numbers and engines of every model, economic values, and original auto parts. The book includes interviews with the most important international collectors, and sections dedicated to the fundamental themes to be considered when purchasing a motorbike: Vintage motorbikes as a investment; Trade and street markets: the golden rules; Preservation and restoration of motorbikes; Certification advice. This accurate and practical guide is accompanied by a historic overview of the Bayerische Motoren Werke, from its origins in 1917 to the present day.
Author: Peter Gantriis
Publisher: Motorbooks International
Release Date: 2013-04-15
Genre: Antiques & Collectibles
Ever since Max Friz first mounted his innovative M2B32 opposed-twin engine in a motorcycle frame in 1923, the history of BMW motorcycles has been defined by a constant and relentless quest for perfection. In the 95 years that have followed, the company has created the most innovative and technologically advanced motorcycles produced anywhere on earth. BMW has earned a reputation for not doing things the way everyone else does, but its motorcycles aren’t different simply for the sake of being different. Each distinctive feature represents a brilliant and elegant solution to a real problem, leading BMW to be the first company to introduce many of the features that were later adopted by other manufacturers. But there’s more to a BMW motorcycle than innovation and technology—there’s also art. And as beautiful as the bikes are in their totality, they may be even more so when broken down into their individual details. This book captures the elegance of these amazing machines, both in their details and in the sum of their parts, through the masterful photography of Henry von Wartenberg and writing of author Peter Gantriis. The Art of BMW: Ninety Years of Motorcycling Excellence features the Peter Nettesheim collection, one of the world’s premier collections of BMW motorcycles. These wonderfully restored pieces exemplify the design and engineering prowess that have defined the BMW motorcycle tradition for almost a century. DIVPhotographer bio: Henry von Wartenberg was born in Mar del Plata, Argentina, in 1967 and has been a professional photographer since 1990. He worked as a photojournalist for Gente magazine for nine years before opening his own office near Buenos Aires in 1999. He has worked for many companies and publishers in Argentina and overseas, including Geographic Adventure magazine. With his publishing firm, Triple Ve Editores, he has also published several books of his photography: Red Deer-Stag Hunting in ArgentinaM, iMotos Clasicas en Argentina/i, iThe Best of Argentine Polo/i, and iBuenos Aires in Stone and Bronze/i. Henry lives in Tigre, Argentina, with his wife and two daughters. You can visit his website at www.henryvonwartenberg.com.div /divdivAuthor bio:/divdiv /divdivPeter Gantriis is founder and president of RPM Research LLC, a market research and consulting firm that works with the world’s leading automotive and powersports manufacturers. Peter earned an MBA from the University of Minnesota. He is an avid motorcycle enthusiast and lives in Mahtomedi, Minnesota./div/divp
Author: Phil West
Release Date: 2015-04-30
A definitive guide to the iconic BMW GS, the model that revolutionized the dual-purpose adventure bike in 1980. Combining all-terrain capability, high performance and on-road ride comfort, the GS is the bestselling large-capacity motorcycle in the UK and is still evolving today. Including comprehensive specification details, owners' experiences and previously unseen pictures, BMW GS - The Complete Story covers the original R80G/S and its impact on the industry; design and development of all the updated models; radical engineering concepts and technology; worldwide racing success for the GS and finally, the all-new R1200GS of 2013 and the future of the GS. Superbly illustrated with 196 colour and 8 black & white illustrations, many previously unseen.
BMW's GS series is one of the world's milestone motorcycles and has been in production for over 25 years. It pioneered the 'adventure sport' category and in many ways, it's the Range Rover of motorcycling.
Author: Jurgen Gassebner
Publisher: Te Neues Publishing Group
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Sports & Recreation
Now commemorating its 90th anniversary, BMW Motorrad is a legend among motorcycles. This volume not only celebrates this event as a classic retrospective but also connects the past and the present through impressive stories and images. Exceptional photography showcases the most popular machines alongside some enticing rarities. Over time, we witness how the brand has incorporated leading technology into some of the most remarkable designs ever produced. Constantly at the forefront, it consistently creates designs that endure as legends. So whether taking a trip across a continent or just zipping to the other side of town, you can be sure a ride on a BMW will be a ride to remember. This book captures that sensation in all its variety and uniqueness.
Off-road riding is one of motorcycling's most popular pursuits and also one of its best training grounds for improving street-riding skills. Off-road riding takes many forms, from motocross and enduro racing, to dual-sport day trips, to trail riding, to adventure tours. No matter the specific pursuit, all dirt riding (and much street riding) shares the same basic skill set. How to Ride Off-Road Motorcycles schools the reader in all the skills necessary to ride safely and quickly off-road. Chapters cover the basics, such as body position, turning, braking, and throttle control, then proceed to advanced techniques, such as sliding, jumps, wheelies, hill-climbing, and more. If you've ever wanted to try dirt riding or if you're an experienced rider looking to sharpen your skill set, How to Ride Off-Road Motorcycles is a perfect riding coach.
Author: Kevin Ash
Release Date: 2001
Genre: BMW motorcycle
BMW Motorcycles were not the first bikes ever to have been made. And the plant where they were built was and is not the largest of its kind. However, more than any other manufacturer, BMW motorcycles stand for motorcycling in its purest form - for its appeal, its possibilities, the challenge it presents and for the sheer enjoyment of riding which is associated with it. 'BMW Motorbike - The Ultimate Driving Machine' is a celebration of a 77-year tradition of technological innovation. With every motorbike featured and with a commentary on every model which give fascinating insights into what made each machine a pioneer of its age, this book is sure to become a collectors' for all motorbike enthusiasts.
Author: Ian Falloon
Publisher: Motorbooks International
Release Date: 2015-09-21
Genre: Antiques & Collectibles
A thorough year-by-year guide to every production machine ever built by Germany's leading motorcycle manufacturer, from the first model--the R32-- to the latest, the World-Superbike-dominating S1000RR.
Author: Chris Scott
Publisher: Trail Blazer Publications
Release Date: 2012
Presents a guide to planning and executing a selection of motorcycling adventures around the world, offering advice on dealing with culture shock, off-road riding, navigation, medical emergencies, and other issues that could arise.
In 1982, at the age of just twenty-three and halfway through her architecture studies, Elspeth Beard left her family and friends in London and set off on a 35,000-mile solo adventure around the world on her 1974 BMW R60/6. Reeling from a recent breakup and with only limited savings from her pub job, a tent, a few clothes and some tools, all packed on the back of her bike, she was determined to prove herself. She had ridden bikes since her teens and was well travelled. But nothing could prepare her for what lay ahead. When she returned to London nearly two and a half years later she was stones lighter and decades wiser. She'd ridden through unforgiving landscapes and countries ravaged by war, witnessed civil uprisings that forced her to fake documents, and fended off sexual attacks, biker gangs and corrupt police convinced she was trafficking drugs. She'd survived life-threatening illnesses, personal loss and brutal accidents that had left permanent scars and a black hole in her memory. And she'd fallen in love with two very different men. In an age before email, the internet, mobile phones, satnavs and, in some parts of the world, readily available and reliable maps, Elspeth achieved something that would still seem remarkable today. Told with honesty and wit, this is the extraordinary and moving story of a unique and life-changing adventure.
Author: Robert Klanten
Publisher: Die Gestalten Verlag-DGV
Release Date: 2015-08-25
Genre: Mechanics (Persons)
The motorcycle is back and is here to stay. The custom motorcycle scene keeps on growing and exciting. There are more and better builders than ever, and the scene has become an integral part of motorcycle culture as well as youth culture. Builders are joining the custom ranks at a younger age and are creating bikes that are mind-blowingly innovative and always surprising. The aesthetic of these new custom bikes has evolved : 1960s café racers from the UK and the US continue to be relevant but builders are now going in new directions, getting their inspiration from 1990s skateboard and youth culture. Collectors are buying stunning art bikes from important builders, and big brands are using the custom scene as a hotbed for new ideas, borrowing some of their designs and striving to imitate the energy that oozes from the current custom scene's momentum. The Ride 2nd Gear documents custom trends and grasps the spirit of our times. The book will influence custom motorcycle builders and enthusiasts for years to come.