Half a litre of displacement and 6.5 hp: in december 1920, BMW's first boxer engine entered series production, initially as the engine for the Victoria and Helios motorbikes.
BMW Boxer - 100 Jahre Faszination is intended to mark this important anniversary for the bavarian motorbike manufacturer, which presented its first complete motorbike in 1923, the ingenious and epoch-making R 32 with transverse boxer and rear-wheel drive.
On 176 pages, with informative texts and 380 contemporary photographs published exclusively by the BMW Historical Archive, author Hans-Jürgen Schneider documents the models of the first era up to 1944, type by type, from the R 32 tourer and the sporty R 37 or R 57 to the pressed steel models from the R 11 to the R 16 and the style icon R 5.
Three special chapters deal with BMW's racing efforts with the supercharged 500 and 750 WR boxers up to 1939 and the spectacular world records of Ernst Henne, whose 1937 record of 279.503 km/h stood until 1955.
BMW's business relations with the Wehrmacht and the police are not omitted: 36,000 examples of the 750cc R 12 were delivered (mostly as sidecars), mainly to government customers, and 18,000 units of the heavy 750cc R 75 sidecar, specially designed for wartime use, rolled off the production lines.
Full technical data, chassis numbers and an extensive index of names, places and institutions complete the work.
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