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    BMW began building motorcycle engines and then motorcycles after World War I. Its motorcycle brand is now known as BMW Motorrad. Their first successful motorcycle, after the failed Helios and Flink, was the "R32" in 1923. This had a "Boxer" twin engine, in which a cylinder projects into the air-flow from each side of the machine. Apart from their single cylinder models (basically to the same pattern), all their motorcycles used this distinctive layout until the early 1980s. Many BMWs are still produced in this layout, which is designated the R Series.


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    Though the use of motorcycles within European Armies had rapidly increased in the early 1930’s, it wasn’t until late 1937 that the German OKH (Oberkommando Heer) began to find these ‘civilian’ bikes lacking for military use and began discussions over a purpose built motorcycle with the industry leaders BMW and Zündapp. In 1939 design prototypes of a heavy cross-country motorcycle were demanded from both companies. After trails and eventual agreements were met, wherein both companies would standardise parts for easier logistics and spares supply, the first BMW R75’s and Zündapp KS 750’s rolled off their respective production lines in the spring of 1941.Inside the box we start to see double. Two of everything, enough to construct two very detailed BMW R75’s. In all there’s 6 tan coloured styrene sprues, 2 large and 4 small, plus 2 small clear sprues. There are also 3 small re-sealable bags containing 2 small PE frets, 8 individually wrapped pre-formed PE spoke wheel halves, 2 tiny metal saddle springs and a small but impressive decal sheet. Each of the large sprues contains over 70 parts which, when you add the 10 parts from the tyre sprues, the numerous PE pieces and the clear parts, comes to a very detailed 1/35th motorcycle.

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    By 1918, Germany was loosing WWI, and an armistice was declared, leading to the Treaty of Versailles in 1919. Under the terms of the treaty, Germany was to abandon its Air Force, leaving manufacturers like BMW AG to build civilian, non-aviation products. BMW AG began by manufacturing agricultural machinery, office furniture and toolboxes.
    The Chief Design Engineer at BMW during this period was Max Friz, who started out as a mechanical engineer specializing in engine design for the Kuhn Steam Engine company in Cannstatt. By 1922, Friz convinced BMW to turn its attention to motorcycle engines, built for Victoria Motorcycles in Nrnberg. The Victoria/BMW engine was a 6.5hp 494cc two-cylinder, side-valve horizontally-opposed 'flat-twin' engine that was to be a model for future BMW 'boxer' engines.
    BMW's first complete motorcycle was the 1920 'Flink' which had a 148cc Kurier two-stroke engine. In 1921 BMW built the 'Helios' using an in-house M2B15 engine. Neither were great sellers, and the improved 'BMW R32' began production in 1923.

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    The new bmw motorcycles are also very good. I've seen a couple in a showroom and I was really impressed by the design and the performances.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lowriderSTi View Post
    The new bmw motorcycles are also very good. I've seen a couple in a showroom and I was really impressed by the design and the performances.

    I am really agree with New BMW motorcycles look so awesome and feature are so expansive...

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    It's good that the BMW launched bikes. I bought BMW R 1200 RT in the yer 2014 in my opinion its very good but some people told me that they are facing problems on BMW bike.

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