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!
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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
The air-cooled boxer BMW twins were among the most significant motorcycles of the late 1970s and 1980s, providing an unparalleled combination of comfort, reliability, and performance. Written by a world-renowned motorcycle journalist and featuring 190 colour photographs, here is the authoritative work on these machines.
Although in production for only three years, the R90S was the most significant post-war production BMW motorcycle. This comprehensive book tells the story of this important bike and how it evolved noting all significant changes from year to year. Beautifully laid out with big full-color pictures, the book could stand alone as a coffee table book. But it's much more than that. Falloon writes with enough detail to make restoring these great bikes much easier, and also includes a chapter on how to live with an R90S, using them as reliable daily commuters, making popular upgrades, and what to look for if you are in the market for one. With outstanding looks and high-quality equipment, the R90S has justifiably garnered a devoted following of motorcycle enthusiasts who will want to own this definitive book.
Women, Motorcycles and the Road to Empowerment explores the relationship between women, motorcycling and personal power. Fifty women motorcyclists share stories of how they have tapped into that power and how it has shaped their lives. Using her own story as a framework, Liz Jansen provides first-hand accounts of the transformational power of motorcycles. Stories from other women are lashed onto that framework and enhance the core message: that by embracing our authentic self and accepting our limitations, we move beyond what we ever dreamt was possible. The women represent all disciplines of riding and come from diverse backgrounds; including one of Hollywood’s top stuntwomen, federal politicians, artists, activists, adventurers, business leaders, racers, a dental hygienist. While the motorcycle is the vehicle of transformation for these women, it’s not necessary to be a rider to understand the book’s message. How one learns to embrace and overcome challenges and reap the rewards, weaves an exquisite tapestry that becomes the picture of who we are. At some point in our lives, we stand at a threshold we need to cross to reach our destination. This can be daunting, particularly when it is toward something non-traditional. Making the decision to take that step has implications for how the rest of our life unfolds. That threshold occurs at different periods in the life of everyone, often many times. The answer is to look within, discover where we are and summon the limitless power that resides within us and moves us forward. This book is about the journey along one’s personal, emotional and spiritual path to enlightenment and becoming all that we can be: why we’re on this road trip. The stories illustrate how motorcycling allows and encourages this.