BMW started production of motorcycles in 1923, and 100 years later the “boxers from Berlin” are stronger than ever. Experience the exclusive anniversary as part of an exclusive special show at the RETRO CLASSICS® in Stuttgart (23.-26. February 2023).
“Bavaria from Berlin” – 100 years of BMW Motorrad
In 1923, the “R32” was the first motorcycle of BMW, it laid the foundation for a now 100-year success story, and its essential design features still embody the DNA of most BMW Motorrad models today: boxer engine, cardan drive and double tube frame.
The new BMW brand quickly established itself with the “R32” at home and abroad. Private drivers as well as motorcyclists appreciated the elaborate and robust construction of the two-wheelers from Munich-Milbertshofen, which was to be noticeable in countless, prestigious victories and records on the international stage, such as the legendary victory of Georg “Schorsch” Meier, who was the first non-Brite to win one of the toughest motorcycle races in the world in 1939: the Tourist Trophy (“TT”) on the Isle of Man.
After the Second World War, BMW, meanwhile also an established automobile manufacturer, had to reorient itself again, but the motorcycles remained and were more important than ever, the German popular motorization took place at that time mainly on two wheels. Two-wheelers in general are booming in the 1950s and 1960s, and capacities in Munich are gradually exhausted, so that BMW Motorrad production moves to Berlin-Spandau, where it is still based.
In the 1970s, the motorcycle was essentially an expression of a leisure pleasure, which of course also bears BMW’s account: the legendary models “R90S” and “R100RS” are created, true design classics and style-forming for their time.
At the beginning of the 1980s, BMW created another motorcycle milestone with the “R80G/S” that should combine off-road capability (“G”) and road suitability (“S”) like never before – a formula that proves itself and ensures victories in the desert rally Paris-Dakar in 1981 and 1983 with Hubert Auriol.
The 1980s also stand for a new engine concept that quickly established itself in addition to the well-known BMW Boxer engines: In the form of the “K” series, striking and modernly styled BMW two-wheelers come onto the market, which have a 3-cylinder in-line engine and with which the digital age in BMW motorcycle construction begins at the same time.
But it is above all the numerous innovations, high quality, motorsport successes and a sense of what the market wants, that firmly establish the “Bavaria from Berlin” in the top of the world market and in the hearts of motorcycle fans. Admire milestones in the 100-year BMW motorcycle history and exquisite exhibits that have inspired us from dedicated clubs, collectors and specialists such as the Allgemeine Motorradsportclub Leonberg e.V. (AMSC), Siebenrock and Motorradwelt Brauneisen, exclusively at RETRO CLASSICS® Stuttgart from 23rd to 26th. February 2023!
Date: 23rd to 26th February 2023, Stuttgart State Fair