The History of BMW Motorcycles

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The History of BMW Motorcycles

80 Years of BMW

The first BMW motorcycle – the R 32 is a big surprise. a company rooted in the production of engines, was not even two years old the Peace Treaty of Versailles the production of aircraft engines in in June 1919. The company was no permitted to produce its six-cylinder, 226 19-litre engines and was restricted in to producing 500cc power developing 6.5 bhp.

The horizontally-opposed layout became known as a and was supplied to motorcycle manufacturer, in Nuremberg in 1921 and Bayerische Werke, who fitted the BMW engine and into their Helios

BMW’s General Manager Popp and his engineering colleagues that the best way to support and BMW’s reputation as an engine would be for the company to build its own Max Friz turns around the engine.

Max Friz (who had a name for himself as an outstanding even before the first War) was given the task of BMW’s first motorcycle. He had BMW in 1917 after having on Mercedes’ sensational Grand winning, four-valve ohc. also designed the Type aircraft engine, the most power unit of its day.

the small M 2 B 15 motorcycle engine by colleague Martin Stolle was no challenge to him, the job of building an new motorcycle around the Boxer gave him something to think

Relishing the challenge, Friz had a drawing board and stove in the guest room of his house the factory. By December 1922, he had a full-size, concept machine. His was to fit the engine at 90 degrees to the direction of so that the crankshaft would run on the motorcycle.

The gearbox (also lengthwise shafts) would be directly by a friction clutch and a shaft would provide the train between the gearbox and the wheel. Although there already several horizontally engines on the mar-ket (the ABC motorcycle featured an engine transverse configuration, and both the FN and American Pierce motorcycle equipped with a drive Max Friz was the first engineer to all these features on the BMW R 32.

Making its in Berlin.

BMW proudly presented its motorcycle on 28 September 1923 at the Motor Show in the Kaiser-damm Halls in Berlin. This the Munich Company against no than 132 other motorcycle in Germany alone. The BMW received praise for its unique technical as well as the aesthetic appeal of the new

The BMW R 32 entered series production the end of 1923 and the first motorcycles sold to customers for 2,200 following the end of a period of rocketing in Germany. Although the R 32 was one of the most motorcycles on the market, sales positive.

Setting new standards of

BMW’s new motorcycle stood out its contemporaries not only because of the and gearbox configuration but also of its frame structure. This of two, fully enclosed tube hoops running with each other. low in the machine’s frame, the Boxer lowered the centre of gravity and to significantly improve the handling and characteristics.

Although the front fork allowed a small of spring travel, the use of leaf provided a certain inherent effect.

BMW riders began to the benefits of BMW’s experience as an engine manufacturer and because of the choice of material – light – which was used on the pistons for the time. Another factor was the standard of construction and reliability, that had hardly ever before in a motorcycle. There was no drive between the engine and and no chain or belt leading to the wheel.

The valve shafts, as as the springs, were sealed off and dust and oil-tight at the tops on the In conjunction with the fully lubricant circuit, this to keep the motorcycle clean and to mainte-nance at all times. Jet-black, paintwork and elaborate white lines set new standards in the quality of a finish.

Success in motorsport.

on the racetrack is the best way to promote a new – especially a new brand about to the market. Rudolf Schleich-er, a BMW engineer was aware of this factor. After finishing the design and engineering work on the R 32, entered the Mittenwalder Steig race on 2 February 1924 and set a time on his BM.

He also became the winner in the long motorsport of Bayerische Motoren Werke.

a machine with cast, cylinder head designed and by Rudolf Schleicher, with valves encapsulated beneath a hood, three BMW works entered the Stuttgart Solitude on 18 May 1924, each of them individual categories. Winning signi-fi-cant races throughout and with Franz Bieber home the first championship, BMW a leading manufacturer on the racetrack in its year of motorcycle production. and private mo-tor-cycle riders Munich were to dominate the motorcycle racing scene in the to come.

BMW’s unique Boxers also hit the headlines in Britain at the 1926 International Six Day causing a sensation in the country was the home of mo-tor-cycle racing. Paul Köppen and Ernst won the Targa Florio in Sicily and the press and public started to a closer interest in BMW.

development and innovation.

Because of a growing demand in the BMW soon expanded its range. models – still equipped side-valve power units – supplemented by high performance, and exclusive sports machines were powered by OHV engines. Germany’s eco-nomic crisis, BMW gained a strong foothold in the entry-level class in 1931 the R 2. The single-cylinder model also shaft drive and many components and qualities made by BMW’s larger models.

continued with stable, frames replacing the former frame tech-nology. A 400cc engine was introduced into the that also included the (now enlarged to 750cc) and the 200cc, entry-level single-cylinder. All benefited from regular each year and BMW was the first to produce a telescopic front fork with hydraulic

This was a milestone in motorcycle and first appeared on the R 12 and R 17 in 1935.

One later an entirely new model the market – the R 5. On the new model, conically-drawn tubes with an elliptical were connected to each by protective gas welding. The tele-scopic came complete with dampers, while the new 500cc unit featured two camshafts and a tunnel/engine hous-ing.

The new BMW could now up with the fastest British yet was far superior in riding comfort, when the R 51, with straight-travel suspension, entered the market in

The German world of motorcycle

Although tubular frame served to modernise BMW’s of machines, the police, postal and military authorities still pressed-steel frame models. helped to maintain a great for the R 12 Boxer and the R 35 single-cylinder models.

BMW were acknowledged as outstanding of the “German world” of motorcycle and gained increasing popu-larity Particular assets were the excellent quality and reliability, as as their progressive, and in some quite unique, technical

The telescopic fork and rear-wheel fully-enclosed light-alloy cylinder and torsionally stiff, large anchor plates made of the cast material, smooth-surface blocks, wide mudguards and rider comfort became significant. Other manufacturers followed suit.

World and championships.

The idea came Ernst Henne, who was also the man in the for a challenge to set the world speed for motorcycles. The story started in with a new speed record of km/h or 134.39 mph. involved no less than 76 records on the way to a phenomenal 279.5 or 173.29 mph on 28 November 1937.

It was a destined to remain intact for the 14 years and win BMW universal acclaim as a manufacturer.

The use of compressors (superchargers) in production ohv racing engines had helped ensure continuous in motorsport and in world speed attempts. In 1935, BMW racing also boasted two overhead per cylinder (driven by side and were able to successfully their own against British and competitors.

BMW’s first Prix victories in 1936 and were followed by entry in the Cham-pion-ship in 1938 – comparable to world championships. Former rider Schorsch Meier, the compressor BMW almost unbeatable, the Senior TT in 1939 and bringing BMW’s greatest racing so far – the Isle of Man TT, which was acknowledged as the chall-enge in motorcycle racing.

1933-1935 BMW works riders won the Six Days (the most reliability and off-road trial) times. Amazed by this success, some specialists to wax lyrical about the “best in the world” with reference to the BMW

A three-wheel, off-road motorcycle

they bought a large of motorcycles, the military authorities important customers for BMW in the Thirties. R4 and R35 machines were used for and messenger services, while the R11 and R12 as sidecar machines for rapid of soldiers or urgent supplies.

In preparations for war, the German saw the need to replace the cav-alry by motorcycles able to handle conditions – effectively, motorcycle took the place of horse The Supreme Command of the German specified design concepts and require-ments, calling for a driven wheel, a reverse gear and a gearbox for off-road purposes.

the R 75 was an all-new machine featuring a OHV power unit, a frame of combined modules complete a central profile segment and tube connections, a telescopic with dou-ble-action hydraulic and the drive technology required by the Even a limited-slip differential was to the sidecar drive and with its shaft the 420 kilo sidecar was able to tow a required load of than 400 kilos or 880 lb.

Benefiting the driven sidecar wheel, the set entirely new standards in off-road easily outperforming all-wheel-drive From 1941–1944, BMW built than 18,000 units of the R 75 sidecar motorcycle. However, moved in October 1942 to the BMW car in Eisenach.

Making a new start one-cylinder.

Motorcycle components and facilities were located at the car plant, which was taken by BMW in 1928 and became unavailable 1947 when it was in the Soviet of Germany. Production continued but in all the facilities were dismantled and the draw-ings confiscated. The individual and components used by Alfred as specimens for developing a new motorcycle came from BMW dealers.

The single-cylinder R24 made its debut in

For the next six years German manufacturers achieved unprecedented In 1950, BMW reintroduced a two-cylinder but the single-cylinder models still for the majority of sales. In just years, production of the R25/3 to 47,700 units. The image of the was further strengthened by outstanding in racing. Hundreds of thousands Schorsch Meier and Walter dominate on their BMW racing

In sidecar racing, BMW’s RS Boxers with side-shaft and two overhead camshafts per cylinder an unprecedented series of victories and 19 World Cham-pionships from with Klaus Enders the title six times.


By introducing the R51/3, BMW launched a new of Boxer engines in 1951, even greater emphasis on and supreme running smoothness. The R68 in 1952 and became BMW’s 100 mph ma-chine when it offered a top of 160 km/h or 100 mph and stood out as a thoroughbred machine for the road. Newly suspension made headlines in by offering unprece-dented directional and suspension comfort, “full-swinging

BMW suspension technology (front and and established a new benchmark in motorcycle Indeed, the entire model from the R26 single-cylinder through to the R50 and R60 Boxers and high-performance R69 sports now featured these technical Worldwide, BMW motorcycles became as the epitome of supreme technical with the emphasis on quality, and riding characteristics.

They are easy to service, reliable and – even under the toughest

By the early Sixties, the motorcycle in Germany came to an end.

demand from authorities and markets still justified BMW production, albeit reduced by At the same time BMW car production on great-er significance. BMW Director Werner Bönsch nevertheless to the motorcycle, emphasizing that a motorcycle called for passion It is a skill for the engineer that young at heart”. h4Modern for global success.

With reaching the end of the road in Europe, as a of transport, it was increasingly developing a popular leisure and sports in the USA (in the mid-Sixties). Indeed, it was for this market that new trends seen in technology and design. To the surprise of its contemporaries and the public, BMW an all-new range of mo-tor-cycles in the of 1969 – motorcycles developed scratch during the market’s years.

However, the timing was All major manufacturers introduced new and machines in Britain, Italy and In Europe, BMW’s new ma-chines met with growing interest.

the two-cylinder Boxer principle, BMW everything else from designs. The 500cc and 600cc were supplemented by the top-of-the-range R which fitted perfectly the 750cc category that had so popular. It was not only the engines were new – with constant-pressure and an electrical starter on the R 75/5 – but the more advanced chassis and ensured significant handling

From September 1969, new motorcycles no longer came Munich but were built in at a former BMW aircraft engine The move reflected the significant of car production at BMW’s original although BMW motorcycles were designed, con-struct-ed and developed in

Continuous development along lines.

With demand for BMW consistently increasing, more 20,000 machines were the factory in Berlin. In 1973 the celebrated the 50th anniversary of BMW and completed 500,000 units. In the year the R 90 S received an upgrade in capacity and a significant increase in

The sporting character of the new machine was by the first cockpit fairing featured on a pro-duc-tion machine. Reg subsequently won the US Superbike Championship in on a modified R 90 S.

The R 100 RS sports tourer in 1976 again boasted an larger en-gine. More though, was the first full on a large capacity production developed as an integral part of the and tested in a wind tunnel. Not the machine set new standards for long riding comfort and realistic performance.

By introducing the R 45 and R 65 in 1978 the expanded its range with the of the smaller Boxer models. BMW had motorcycles on the market with capacities of 473, 599, 797, and 980cc.

Racing the desert.

In 1980, the R 80 G/S production took up the successful achieve-ments of the BMW team in off-road racing. The endurance mo-torcycle at the time, the R 80 G/S was suited for road use and for tackling terrain. BMW thus paved the way in an new mar-ket segment for large-displacement enduros.

Its most important was the BMW Monolever single swinging-arm on the wheel.

BMW off-road machines from the start in the long-distance Dakar Rally – to the West country of Senegal. In just attempts the Boxer with its cooling, low centre of gravity, and of maintenance offered by the shaft made its way to success in 1981. desert specialist Hubert won the mo-tor-cycle category and was able to the success in 1983.

The 1,000-cc machines – based on the original models – also won the title in and 1985. Former Motocross champion Gaston Rahier of was able to leave the competition far The R 80 G/S and its successor, the R 100 GS, quickly became successful machines in the BMW range.

In “serious” motorcyclists the world regularly covered global and preferred BMW’s enduro when riding through the terrain.

As a new symbol of the brand, the swing-ing-arm was soon fitted to BMW machines. Another BMW – entirely yet typical of the brand.

In 1983 four cylinders and a system were already of the art technology for modern high-performance engines. But just like his Max Friz sixty years BMW engineer Josef Fritzenwenger in creating a new technical concept the system as a basis.

Referred to as BMW Drive, the engine crankshaft was lengthwise and connected directly to the by means of a counter-rotating interim with shaft drive to the wheel. The drive maintained existing philosophy and at the same set a new standard. The 987-cc straight-four unit was fitted flat in a arrangement – the crankshaft was on the right in the direction of travel, and the cylinder with two overhead camshafts on the

Featuring electronic fuel-injection, the BMW K 100 the market with a maximum of 90 bhp. The complete drive was mounted in an extra-light space in bridge configuration. The basic was quickly joined by the K 100 RS sports with its innovative and highly fairing, and the K 100 RT touring model an even larger fairing.

Two after the launch of the K Series a three-cylinder version rounded off the of in-line engine machines. The new the K 75, was also available in different with its own range of fairings.

for the rider, protection for the environment.

since the Seventies, BMW had been the motorcycle manufacturer to develop and equipment, and motorcycle helmets. BMW helmets, with a pivoting section, set new standards in the motorcycle and were very popular riders of other machines.

riding, assured by good gear and brakes, has always one of the special merits of BMW motorcycles. A milestone came in 1988 the introduction of the world’s first brake system (ABS) on a This meant that, thorough research and testing, BMW was to pre-vent the motorcycle’s wheels locking and also save the the risk of a fall. Realising ABS was a significant improvement in safety serious riders took action and showed an even preference for BMW machines.

Various for reducing exhaust emissions on BMW proved equally popular. kind of environmentally friendly was introduced throughout the entire BMW range in 1991. The Boxer featured SAS (Secondary Air System) gas combustion, and the K 75 and the K 100 en-tered the market catalytic converters.

As the top model in the with aerodynamic bodywork the front-wheel and rear fairing, the K 1 was the motorcycle in the world to feature a controlled three-way catalytic Its 16-valve four-cylinder power with digitally controlled engine manage-ment, provided an configuration for this superior

One million BMW motorcycles.

The production of in BMW’s first full – 1924 – amounted to slightly than 1,500 units. By the output had increased to 10,005, and in production was double this The record pro-duction volume of units, recorded in 1954, not seen again until after which production then fluctuate for a number of

Expansion of the plant with new for the production of the K Series served to production volume in Berlin. BMW was well prepared for the rapid in demand in the ’90s. On 18 March a K 75 RT came off the production line and was as the millionth BMW motorcycle.

Then, ten years later, production in alone reached the one million – the two-valve Boxer machines from 1969–1996 accounted for the share at 512,644 units. But the models were quickly up.

The new Boxer generation.

The basic of the Boxer has remained unchanged – two cylinders, horizontally opposed at the and left, a gearbox directly to the en-gine, and a drive shaft to the rear wheel. Apart these principles everything was new on the BMW R 1100 RS when it was launched in There were now four in the cylinder heads, operated by tappets from the camshafts, slightly lower down.

Motor Electronics provided a out-put of 90 bhp from 1,085cc together with a fully cata-lytic converter, helped to the environment clean.

The drive formed a load-bearing element and was no longer a frame in the conventional of the word. The front wheel was on the Tele-lever – an innovative combination of a swinging arm and a tele-scopic fork on the engine block – which advantages in terms of extra and safety on the road. Safety was ensured by the sophisticated braking available as an option with second-generation ABS.

The rear ran on the Para-lever double-joint single carried over from the K 1 and the R 100 GS, and a spring strut resting on a at the rear of the machine. The body of BMW’s new sports tourer, in was part of the overall technical placing particular emphasis on the en-gine. This acknowledgement of the and still unique BMW motorcycle was warmly welcomed the world

The new model won numerous awards and provided a significant increase in

A new one-cylinder BMW.

BMW built motorcycles form 1925–1966. The had the same drive concept a crankshaft running length-wise, a connected gearbox and the drive leading to the rear wheel – but one cylinder stood upright on the housing. Serv-ing as entry-level they were very particularly on the German market. became clear to the decision-makers in in the Nineties when considering options for expanding the range.

This time, however, the aspect was not so much the technol-ogy but the approach taken in development and Under the guidance of BMW, a joint venture was estab-lished Italian motorcycle manufacturer and Austrian engine supplier to create the BMW F 650 Funduro.

Launched in the new single-cylinder machine was an appealing in many respects, and helped BMW to win new customer types, including female riders. The F 650 proudly the white-and-blue logo of the brand and lived up to all BMW’s quality This was confirmed by outstanding success.

Continuing success of the

BMW quickly and successfully expanded the new R In September 1993 the R 1100 GS model hit the headlines at the Frankfurt Show. BMW equipped the big enduro withTelelever front-wheel suspension, a 25-litre fuel tank and two-piece saddle.

It was a motorcycle invited riders to enjoy the of long adventures and motorcycle – tours that took off the beaten track. BMW even a new practice area for the purpose in – the BMW Hechlingen Enduro Park, experienced instructors provided off-road safety tips and

The R 1100 R roadster, without joined the range in autumn and along with the smaller R 850 R, a new generation of Boxers. One year the R 1100 RT tourer with its comprehensive, full fairing was The increase in the Boxers’ momentum was with the R 1100 GS and R 1100 RT it out for top position and ensuring new sales for a number of consecutive years.

in spring 1995, production at motorcycle plant in Berlin was to two shifts and produced a daily of 230 motorcycles. This was the first in which BMW sold more 50,000 units on the global In the light of its success the company had no in allowing the old two-valve Boxer to retire a year later.

The R 80 GS Basic was built on 19 December In the following summer, the 100,000th new a R 850 R, was ridden on the road by a lady from Italy.

The four-cylinder on new challenges.

In summer 1996 BMW bid to the three-cylinder models. This was sales of the K 75 variants amounting to units in 11 years. Also in BMW launched a new four-cylinder model, the K RS with an engine that 1,171cc and developed maximum of 130 bhp.

BMW K-Series Naked

The most powerful BMW was convincing, not only in power but also through its suspension and gear. This gave the new tourer superior performance in riding situations. The drive which was suspended in a cast bridge frame, served to vibrations while the front employed the unique BMW Telelever for stability.

The powerful four-cylinder was the first K mo—del to incorporate innovative suspension technology – new standards for the sports tourer of the market.

Cruiser, athlete, tourer

Until 1997 a V2 power unit was regarded as the choice for powering an authentic But BMW tore up the blueprints and presents the world with an entirely new and interpretation that was based on the philosophy and proven on the highways of in the USA.

The R 1200 C combined the technology of BMW motorcycles with Motor Electronics, Telelever highly effective brakes ABS as an option, as well as a new design BMW simply took the typical shown by a cruiser when it was along – su-preme engine and a relaxed seating position – and them.

The complete opposite with the R 1100 S in 1998. A crouched riding position the footrests mounted not at the front but back and higher, together a high-performance, spontaneous power running on agile suspension exactly the opposite concept – what the most dynamic R 1100 S had to offer. An increase in out-put to 98 bhp and, for the first a six-speed gearbox ensured performance on the road.

The powerful and design with exhaust fitted beneath the rear of the was typical BMW-style and it ap-pealed to the BMW in every way.

In September BMW launched the K 1200 LT at the Intermot Show in Munich. The new luxury was conceived and built for optimum safety and comfort – the same also being given to ergonomics. Driven by a four-cylinder built for supreme torque at low speeds, the K 1200 LT with its frame and Telelever suspension by luxury cruiser standards, agile and dynamic.

These surprising characteristics because of the not-inconsiderable weight, a consequence of the of features and diverse range of equip-ment. On the contrary, the luxury excelled because of its outstanding qualities.

The LT’s maximised from wind and adverse was ensured by bodywork opti-mis-ed in wind tunnel. A reverse provided superior parking and integrated luggage cases and a afforded ample carrying – all as standard. The music system, control and heated seat are some of the many options

Big surprises in the Paris–Dakar Rally.

The was not a serious, competitive off-road and this was clear following a run through the desert in 1998. it did not prevent four BMW works from entering the 1999 Dakar Rally (starting in After 18 days and 9,022 the winner was Richard Sainct, a rider from St Affrique the 75 bhp rally version of the BMW F 650.

In the 2000, BMW again entered the which was run from Dakar to in Egypt. The company entered further im-proved F 650 RR machines, but sprang a big surprise with two R 900 RR The newly developed rally of the 8-valve Boxer cross-ed the line with Jimmy in the saddle in third place in its first competition.

It completed the right in the middle of a group of F 650 RR and ensured that BMW filled the top places. Richard Sainct a second successive victory Oscar Gallardo in second and Brucy fourth.

This victory by BMW’s single-cylinder was the perfect prelude for the market of the new F 650 GS – which followed two months The new model retained the supreme of on-road riding qualities but was supplemented by a significant improvement in the off-road capability.

The 2000 result beneath the pyramids did not itself in 2001. Lady deserted the riders and a series of put paid to the BMW R 900 RR’s attempt at victories. However, Andrea – once again on an F 650 RR – did make it all the way and won the Dakar Rally, Ladies’ Cup for the time in a row.

Entering the new with a new name

The year meant, not only victory in the Dakar Rally, but new models and right through the year. It was a year of change for BMW’s Motorrad Motorcycle Division operating with increasing from one year to the next. The divi-sion of the BMW Group was renamed as “BMW Motorrad”.

The newly company would offer, not motorcycles and rider equipment, but a range of services, and motorcycle and leisure programmes for BMW enthusiasts.

The BMW C1 – a innovative concept

The concept was to the benefits of a motorised two-wheeler all the safety features of an auto-mobile – compact dimensions (on the road and parking), carefully designed cell with deformation shoulder bars and two seat It became the all-new, motorcycle of the BMW C1.

Far more than just a with a roof, the BMW C1 is a highly and truly sophisticated two-wheeler elaborate technology that the rider to drive without a or protective clothing. The design with the powerful 125-cc engine featuring four-valve electronic engine management fuel injection, and a fully three-way catalytic converter. The technological approach extended to the front wheel forks, ABS system, frame and body confi-guration, and wide range of features and model fitments.

The BMW C1 the market in the spring of 2000 and became an everyday sight in cities as a means of fast transport and as an entry-level model for the novice motorcyclist.

Berlin all-out.

BMW motorcycles are more than ever before and capacities are being increased all the Apart from the Boxers and machines, BMW single-cylinder models are now produced in Berlin. The new F 650 GS entered the in spring 2000 as successor to the BMW

The first version of the F 650 GS achieved a run of no less than 64,339 It boasted a 50 bhp single-cylinder engine fuel-injection – which were features in its market segment. A unique feature, designated is BMW’s Compact Engine system developed completely

A lamb-da probe oxygen and G-type catalyst round off the range of standard equipment.

The F 650 GS has now rede-sign-ed, not only visually but to an even greater off-road ABS has been made available as an In addition, there is a special Dakar version with spring travel, off—road and the same decal trim as victorious works machines.

The F 650 GS is in Berlin on a new assembly line. the expansion of capacity at BMW’s plant was made possible close co-operation with the suppliers and boosted daily in 2001 to 440 motorcycles. BMW’s production, in the same year, was machines.

All models with converter and ABS

BMW’s Boxer are in great demand, the various having set new standards in their market segments. But even is not sufficient for BMW’s development in their commitment to create new and new developments over and above the model update process. from an increase in engine the R 1150 GS offers an even torque curve and the new gearbox with a sixth gear to engine speed through its function.

The cruiser range has supplemented by the R 850 C, with a somewhat engine, and by the new R 1200 C Avant-garde and R C Independent versions. Another new that made its appearance in was the R 1150 R “…” bike, to by BMW Motor-rad as the “Roadster” because to its innovative design and “no frills” approach.

The touring Boxer became the R 1150 RT by increasing capacity to 1130cc and incorporating a gearbox. Identical improvements also introduced on the R 1150 RS. The and versatile R 1150 GS has also complemented by the introduction of a variant the Adventure which has been with a comprehensive range of touring equipment.

And last but most cer-tainly not all BMW motorcycles, including the C1, came as with injection engines a G-type catalytic converter and ABS – features no other manufacturer offer.

In 2001, BMW Motorrad third generation ABS technology, BMW Integral ABS, with two additional functions. Firstly, it an all-new electro-hydraulic brake and an integral braking system. The or footbrake lever acted on the front and rear-wheel brakes ensuring adaptive brake distribution, depending on the load the is carrying.

The big safety benefits by the global innovation are the reduction of operating forces and an even stopping distance.

BMW Motorrad

The idea to stage a racing with identical BMW R 1100 S originated in France. After two in France and Belgium the BMW Motorrad became a truly international in 2001.

30 riders from all Europe competed in seven alongside the motorcycle 500cc Prix (now MotoGP) or at the distance World Endurance racing weekends on production-based of the BMW R 1100 S. Participation by famous riders added additional to the keenly fought and exciting Ex-Grand Prix star Mamola was actually hired as the ambassador but also took to the from time to time. Mertens of Belgium finally overall victory in the series.

An larger number of 32 riders ten countries enrolled for the eight of the 2002 season, guaranteeing and rivalry throughout the whole of This was reflected not only in the of the races, but also in results. New appeared on the podium time and with a whole series of maintaining their chances for victory up to the final race of the

The winner’s spoils once went to Stéphane Mertens who drove home in a new BMW sports

In 2003, its third international the BMW Motorrad BoxerCup made its in the USA where the first of nine took place at Daytona on 9 From there the series to Oulton Park (GB), Le (F), Mugello (I), (E), Assen (NL), (B), Sachsenring (D), and Brno (CZ).

A bigger range than ever

When it launched the F 650 CS in 2002, BMW a new type of road machine followed in the footsteps of the F 650 GS Funduro but only the single-cylinder power with its sister model. The name “Scar-ver” stands for handling and dynamic engine A new technical feature is the low-maintenance, belt-drive to the rear wheel.

its design and accessories, the Scarver makes a big departure from motorcycle concepts. The range of BMW also grew. The R 1200 CL as a luxury cruiser with an front-end that featured headlights in a new tourer fairing.

An luggage system has been as essential standard equipment, and ergonomics are employed for same seating posture for both and passenger.

Comfort was the also a feature on the new K 1200 GT – a developed of the four-cylinder sports tourer a modified fairing, a newly windshield and many interesting The BMW R 1100 S BoxerCup replica in another direction. The attractive version of the racing machine a number of common fea-tures and above the special paintwork.

are the sports sus-pen-sion with spring struts allowing the to lean at a sharper angle, the rear wheel and of course the valve cover made of

The R 1150 R Rockster proved to be a popular design study it was shown at the Munich Intermot in September 2002, that BMW to enter pro-duction. The resulting is characterised by its particularly extravagant appearance. Like all other in the 2003 model year, the comes with BMW’s new dual-ignition serving to further emission control on BMW motorcycles.

BMW becomes the largest motorcycle in Europe

BMW Motorrad has developed, in the decade, into the largest of motorcycles on the Continent. Motorcycle at BMW’s Ber-lin plant in increased again, this by 2.8 per cent. A grand total of motorcycles clearly confirmed top position in Europe.

The year was also a record year in 92,559 units marked the an-nual record in a row and brought the close to the magic threshold of units per year.BMW Motorrad is expanding its position in all markets, particularly impressive growth again in Germany, where the now ranks second overall in of registrations. Looking into the the focus remains on profitable with new models, ongoing in the expansion of the plant, and a highly dealer and sales organisation.

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BMW K-Series Naked
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