The Complete Book of BMW Motorcycles: Every Model Since 1923

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Motorbooks, Sep 21, 2015 - Antiques & Collectibles - 288 pages

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 (Gelšnde 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!

 

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Contents

BEGINNINGS FROM AIRCRAFT TO MOTORCYCLES
8
EARLY BOXERS AND SINGLES
12
INNOVATION AND SPEED RECORDS
30
NEW SINGLES AND EARLES FORK TWINS
68
INCREASED RELIABILITY
98
SUPERBIKES AND SUPER TOURERS
116
OUT WITH THE OLD IN WITH THE NEW
154
BOXER REVOLUTION AND NEW SINGLES
192
NEW SINGLES TWINS AND FOURS
218
WORLDBEATING FOURS AND SIXES
256
INDEX
287
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Ian Falloon was born in New Zealand in 1952 and studied engineering and music at Victoria University, Wellington. After a career as a symphony orchestra oboist was brought to an end by a motorcycle accident, he began writing articles about motorcycles for magazines. His first book, The Ducati Story, has run to several editions and has been published in three languages. The success of The Ducati Story led to a series of Ducati books and histories of Honda, Kawasaki, BMW, and Moto Guzzi motorcycles. He has now written many books about motorcycles, mostly historical but also restoration guides. With an interest and passion spanning decades he now concentrates on collecting and restoring older Italian motorcycles, particularly Ducati, MV Agusta, Laverda, and Moto Guzzi. Ian Falloon lives in Australia, and is ably supported in his projects by his wife, Miriam, and sons, Ben and Tim.

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