BMW, an ever-present giant in the motor industry manufacturing bikes high on both performance and style.
Founded in Munich by Franz Josef Popp in 1916, BMW started out as a producer of aircraft engines – in fact, the company’s blue and white circular logo is said to represent aircraft propellers in motion.
But, at the end of World War 1, with the demise of the German Air Force, BMW turned its expertise first to manufacturing agricultural machinery, then to building motorcycles. It produced the R32 in 1923 – the first ever bike with the now famous BMW boxer powered engine.
Demand for motorbikes in Germany dropped following the Second World War, and BMW’s fortunes looked set to drop with it. The company then started exporting bikes to the USA and in 1959 a BMW R69 was driven from New York to Los Angeles in 53 hours 11 minutes – 22 hours faster than the existing record.
The 1970’s saw public demand for bikes offering sporty performance, and BMW introduced the totally revamped R50/5, the R60/5 and the R75/5. The R90S was introduced in 1975 and was hailed the best ‘Supersport’ bike of its day.
The 1980’s saw BMW introducing many innovations to the motorbike world that were quickly taken up by other manufacturers – such as electronically adjusted windscreens and ABS as standard on all shaft driven bikes. The Bike Insurer can compare quotes to find you a great deal on your insurance whatever BMW model you own, including:
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