BMW began its life in aero-engineering--as anyone who’s ever ridden one of its motorcycles might guess. These are bikes as close to airborne as any get. And what’s more, fifty percent of all the motorcycles BMW has manufactured are still flying down the world’s roads. These are the best, and in this book, the best of the best get their due, with brilliant, full-color photographs of BMW’s classic models and detailed descriptions of their features, all located within the context of a concise history of this legendary marque. From the first of BMW’s bikes, the R32, through the models that catapulted the company out of the ruins of World War II, to the latest bikes with the revamped opposed-twin-cylinder “boxer” engines that brought BMW its first fame--these are the bikes that made history, and, better yet, gave the most demanding riders a taste for flight.
Peter 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 has an MBA from the University of Minnesota and is an avid motorcycle and car enthusiast. He lives near St. Paul, Minnesota, with his wife and three children. When he’s not using his free time writing for Motorbooks, Peter enjoys boating, skiing, and investing in slow racehorses. Official Website: www.motorcyclemarketresearch.comOn Twitter: @rpm_research
HENRY VON WARTENBERG is a freelance photographer from Buenos Aires, Argentina, whose work has appeared in many books and magazines, such as National Geographic Adventures.
Peter Gantriis (Mahtomedi, MN) is founder and president of RPM Research, LLC, a market research and consulting firm that works with the worldÆs leading automotive and powersports manufacturers. He is an avid motorcyclist and lives in Mahtomedi, Minnesota. Henry Von Wartenberg (Tigre, Argentina) is a freelance photographer from Buenos Aires, Argentina, whose work has appeared in many books and magazines, such as National Geographic Adventures. Fred Jakobs is responsible for BMWÆs motorcycle heritage collection and archives at BMW Mobile Tradition.