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Roland Sands Transforms a 2008 R1200GS Into a Paris Dakar Rally Homage

A Beautifully Crafted Machine

Most folks know of Roland Sands and his company Roland Sands Design. Recently he and his team took a 2008 R1200GS and transformed it into a homage to the 1980s rally bikes that took on the Paris-Dakar Rally. 

Sands drew inspiration from an R80GS that was built by racing specialists HPN-Motorradtechnik. That bike was ridden by Gaston Rahier in the 1986 Paris-Dakar Rally.

The bike that Sands crafted was named “Dakar GS,” which is a fitting title. The bike has 45mm telescopic fork legs with an upgraded Ohlins cartridge kit taken from a Honda Africa Twin. This took some doing because of BMW’s unique Telelever front suspension setup. To make it work, the team used a front end from a 2018 BMW R nineT.

RSD Dakar GS

At the back of the bike, things weren’t so difficult. Sands and his team could simply fit a stock Ohlins shock to manage the travel of the rear swingarm. From there, the team robbed the R nineT of its oil cooler and added plenty of RSD custom parts. They also added AltRider guards, a Touratech aluminum skid plate, and SW Motech engine crash rails.

The bike also features Dubya USA custom wheels (a 21-incher up front and an 18-incher in the rear) that are shod in Dunlop D908RR Rally Raid rubber. The subframe is more or less original to the 2008 GS. Some small alterations were made to fit the Saddlemen seat and survival box. There’s an Akrapovich exhaust and a Baja Designs XL Pro LED headlamp housed in a custom fairing.

RSD Dakar GS

The gas tank was altered by RSD’s team and was painted in the classic livery by Airtrix. There are some ProTaper Evo handlebars and AEM Factory Titanium/carbon fiber brake and clutch levers as well as a Raceco custom rally tower. There’s also a Lowrance Elite-5 Ti GPS.

The RSD team said the entire process is repeatable for the right price. I’d imagine it would have to be a whole lot of money to make that happen, though.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Send Your BMW R nineT Back To 1934 With NMoto’s New Bolt-On Kit

Reimagining The R nineT For The Low-Low

Look, the R nineT is a very classy looking bike… But do you know what is even classier? NMoto’s Nostalgia R7 look-alike build. Unfortunately, you probably don’t have enough trade-in value to swap your BMW R nineT for the $50,000 Nostalgia, but now NMoto has a cheaper option to achieve the same look for pennies on the dollar.

NMoto is finally offering a bolt-on kit a year after unveiling its Nostalgia build; A 1934 BMW R7 throwback. It’s unfortunate for some who paid the 50k total cost to have them build one for you, but for the rest of us (who have some time on our hands and a spare R nineT hanging around), this is your golden ticket to classic riding.

The complete bolt-on kit will cost you approximately $6,950, and requires no cutting, welding, or drilling into your precious R nineT; Which is great in the event you want to revert it back to stock for resale. It maintains the stock ergonomics of the bike, so although your steed may look different, there will be a sigh of relief knowing it will feel and ride the same. The kit is available for pre-order this October through NMoto with a $100 refundable reservation fee (free shipping on pre-orders) and will come to select BMW dealers down the line.

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BMW Teases the New BMW G 310 R

BMW’s small-displacement G 310 R has been a real winner for the last couple of years, but now the company is working on some new versions of the bike.

The company’s India website recently teased the new G 310 R. You can book a motorcycle now. This is the first official teaser we’ve seen on the company’s website. BMW isn’t pushing the bike yet on its other websites yet. The Indian one is the first I’m seeing of it.

Earlier this year, the bike was spotted testing alongside the G 310 GS. So, this isn’t a huge surprise, but the details of the machine are still unclear. It should be a minor update to the model. The main changes will be focused on the engine and making it compliant with the ever-tightening emissions in India.

According to RideApart, although BMW usually launches products first in Europe, the company will launch the new G 310 R (and likely the G 310 GS) in India first and then spread it out from there to other markets. That means if you live in Europe, North America, Australia, or anywhere else for that matter, you’ll have to wait for these new small-displacement machines.

The Enthusiast Magazine

Prices and details will be available at a later date. It’s good to see BMW making progress on these. The sooner the G 310 R and G 310 GS launch in India, the sooner they will be sent around the world.

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BMW plans convertible electric C1 scooter

Patent drawings reveal BMW plans to bring back its C1 scooter, but with a detachable roof, seat belts, car-like crumple zones and an electric motor.

The German manufacturer filed a patent for an electric C1-style scooter with a detachable roof in 2017.

Now, more details are available that show it also has airbags, crushable zones front and back like a car, seat belts and aerodynamic winglets that automatically change angle according to speed.

I’ve got to ask … why?

The German company currently has five scooters: the C 650 GT, C 650 Sport, C 400 X and C 400 GT, plus the C Evolution electric scooter which has not yet been imported to Australia.

BMW C evolution electric scooter emissions
BMW C Evolution electric scooter

The new patent drawings show the detachable roof with rear storage area on the electric scooter, but it may also be adapted for the petrol-powered models.

It could even be retrofitted to current models.

BMW patents scooter with roof
Retrofit roof

This is not the first time BMW has thought about bringing back the scooter roof. In 2009, BMW’s first electric scooter was the roofed C1-E concept, powered by a Vectrix motor.

BMW patents scooter with roof
C1-E concept

C1 failure

The whole idea of a motorcycle or scooter is to experience freedom from the cage of cars.

Adding a roof to a motorcycle or scooter not only looks ridiculous, but also makes it heavier and more unwieldy to ride because of its high centre of gravity.

Old C1 scooters can still be seen in crowded European cities such as Paris, but it was a dismal flop around the rest of the civilised world.

BMW patents scooter with roof C1

The idea was to attract car drivers to two wheels. In some countries, riders of the quirky BMW scooter were even allowed to go helmet-less!

Given the sales flop of the C1 which was only built from 2000 to 2002, you have to ask why BMW would consider its reintroduction?

Hopefully, the BMW patent doesn’t give safety nannies the idea that the introduction of a scooter with a protective cage and seatbelt is the answer to two-wheeled injuries and deaths.

BMW patents scooter with roof C1
Riderless C1 being tested

British company AB Dynamics has already used an old BMW C1 to develop by a self-riding scooter to “help improve motorcycle safety” and prove that motorcycles can interact with autonomous vehicles. 

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Book review: Shiny Side Up

If you’re looking for a light read about motorcycles, the riding lifestyle and growing old gracefully, check out Shiny Side Up by BMW fan Ron Davis.

The book consists of extracts from the Wisconsin rider’s columns, features and stories published in various magazines, mainly BMW Owners News.

Hence the book’s subtitle: Musings on the Improbable Inclination to Travel on Two Wheels.

Ron may be a BMW rider and all that goes with that and he may be a farkle fiend, but he’s not a bad bloke for a Yank!

Shiny Side UpRon Davis Shiny Side Up author

Despite all that, his writing feels inclusive, although maybe it’s just that I can empathise being of a similar vintage.

What I like about Ron’s writing is what it is not. It is not contrived nor an imitation of Hunter S. Thompson (you know who I mean), it is not boastful (yes, him again) and it is not sesquipedalian-ly loquaciousness (look it up – and yes, him again).

Ron’s self-deprecating whit is charming, inoffensive and clean!

Here’s a lovely extract from the second chapter “How to lose friends and influence absolutely no one” where Ron attempts small talk at a neighbourhood cocktail party:

Somehow, knowing the name of Hans Muth’s dog, or the incredible run of sixties-era BMW sidecar victories turns out to be, socially, the equivalent of having breath that smells like a bucket of walleye guts … after three days … in the sun.

(By the way, a walleye is a type of North American fish.)

Wisconsin riderRon Davis Shiny Side Up author

Ron is based in Wisconsin so there are a few travelogue chapters that may feel alien to non-Americans. Or maybe they will entice you to head State-side.

And because the book’s chapters are taken from his magazine articles it can be disjointed and a little repetitive, but only if you try to read it in one sitting as I did while I waited for my bike to be serviced.

Best of all, the paperback fits nicely in your tank bag so you can take it on your next riding holiday to fill in those lonely hours while you wait for the tow truck. Unless, of course, you own a Japanese bike.

Shiny Side Up is published by Road Dog Publications and you can buy it from Amazon for $8+ on Kindle or $31.55 in paperback.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Bike noise crackdown intensifies

The news just gets worse and worse for riders who enjoy a fruity exhaust note as the noise crackdown intensifies across Europe.

We recently reported on Germany’s crackdown with special noise cameras, no-go areas and an 80dB limit on motorcycle exhausts that could make all BMW motorcycles quieter.

Now Austria will ban specific motorcycles with exhaust noise over 95dB on a popular 100km motorcycle route through the Tyrol mountains after receiving complaints from residents.

Bike noise crackdown intensifiesTyrol mountains are popular among riders (Image: www.touring-italy.net)

Bikes that will be barred from this road include the Aprilia Tuono, Aprilia RSV4, BMW S 1000 RR, Ducati Hypermotard, Ducati Multistrada 1260, Ducati Diavel, Kawasaki Z900 and KTM 890 Duke.

Police will do spot checks on motorcycles and can hand out €220 (about $A350) on-the-spot fines.

Crackdown intensifies

We could appreciate a crackdown on exceedingly loud aftermarket exhausts, but these bikes are all legally allowed to have more than 95dB under European regulations.

Somehow Austria thinks this area is exempt from European laws.

And what is worse is that the ban only applies to motorcycles, not cars or trucks or buses! That’s discrimination, pure and simple.

Like the German example, this is a sobering precedent that could be picked up by safety and noise pollution Nazis across the world.

It follows moves by several other European countries to close roads to motorcycles because of noise and banning them from certain areas over weekends and public holidays.

Quieter roads

Call to challenge exhaust noise fines sign noise camerasPolice conduct roadside noise test at Mt Tamborine

While Australia is yet to introduce Draconian laws like the road bans in Europe, police and transport officers do occasionally operate noise monitoring checks on popular motorcycle routes.

It may seem heavy handed, discriminatory and ignoring the perceived safety benefits of “loud pipes save lives”, but it’s nothing compared with Indian police methods.

In India, police make a subjective assessment followed by smashing the offending exhaust pipe on the roadside.If you think the cops are tough on noisy aftermarket exhausts here, try India where they hammer them flat by the roadside, or confiscated them and flattened them with a backhoe.

They have also made an example of their crackdown by steam rolling confiscated pipes.

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Boat sale leads Dad and Dave into bikes

Tamworth reader Dave Richards got into bikes with his dad by selling a boat. Here’s his amusing tale.

(Readers are invited to tell us about their bike by sending their details via email.) 

I’d bought a cheap tinny, fixed it, played with it, got bored with it and was selling it. Had it out the front with “for sale” signs and advertised on Facebook for a few weeks with a couple of nibbles.

Got offered a Honda CBR600 in swaps and declined. “No thanks, I don’t ride bikes” (after looking it up on Google to see it was a road bike) then came another offer ” what about a Yamaha TTR250?”

Looked it up, saw it was a road/trail, seeing as I lived on a couple of acres, got very interested.  Much to my wife’s disgust I got the guy to bring it over for a look-see. “It can’t hurt to look,” I say to my better half who rolled her eyes and waved me off. 

Up until now, my riding experience was on a Chinese 250cc quad that I thought was a powerhouse. I jumped on that little TTR and rode down the back driveway, through the side gate and gave a good bit of throttle heading downhill over undulating ground, and bugger me, it lifted the front wheel.

Now this was a lot more power than that poor little quad. The deal was done before my loving wife got to breathe any commonsense into the situation. Then came the realisation that it was registered.

The little TTR250 that started it allThe little TTR250 that started it all

Licence required

Well, my darling wife, it would be a waste of money if I don’t get my licence and make some use of that registration.

It’s amazing what men can convince women is a logical course of action, and to this day I look back and wonder how I slipped all this past my dearly beloved. 

As a guy in his late 30s who’s never ridden on the roads before, the NSW learners course was frustratingly fantastic.  I learnt some great skills and techniques from our instructor but felt a lot of time was wasted pushing each other around on bikes.

I enjoyed my rides to work and a few short rides along the back roads but soon found my “powerhouse” of a bike was somewhat lacking on the open road.

All of this occurred under the watchful eye of my father, Wayne, who rode bikes in his youth, but hadn’t really ridden in a number of years.  We fixed up an old Yamaha DT175 for him and road a couple of trails, but the lack of electric start saw it retired.

Dad with the TTR and a little DT175 our trail ridingDad with the TTR and a little DT175 our trail riding

Gonna need a bigger boat … er bike!

Yamaha V-Star 650 boatYamaha V-Star 650

About this time I found a Yamaha V-Star 650 going for a great price. Deals had been made with my wife, and one Saturday morning dad and I were on our way with a little box trailer in tow and a pocket full of cash.

I distinctly remember talking in the car and dad saying, “I’m just not interested in these sorts of bikes (cruisers). I much prefer dirt bikes.” I even pointed out that at his age, tearing up fire trails was probably not the best move, and that if he did have a spill he wouldn’t bounce back like he did 40 years ago.

Well I took that V-Star for a wobbly ride around the block with those loud and proud Vance and Hines short shots and dad said as soon as he saw my face as I pulled back in the driveway he knew that bike was coming home with us.

I was gone. Thankfully the old man kept a level head and negotiated a great price for me. I was basically emptying my pockets and screaming, “Take my money.”

With the deal done, we kept talking with the previous owner and I discovered something about bike people. They’re friendly and helpful most of the time. This guy, with money exchanged and the deal done, walks into his shed and comes out with pillion seat, sissybar with clip-on bag, saddlebags with all the brackets and a windscreen. No extra cost.  It took me a while to realise that was over $1000 of accessories.

With the deal done, dad turns to me with a smile and says, “Are you putting it on the trailer?”

“Umm HELL NO!”

I rode that bad boy 160km home. Arrived with a numb but, ringing ears and a huge grin.

Dad’s bike

Dad standing with his Honda Shadow and dave's V-StarDad standing with his Honda Shadow and dave’s V-Star

Two weeks later I get a call from dad while I’m at work: “Hey, can you get away for a lunch break or something?”

“Umm, I guess so. What’s up?”

“I’m at the bike shop and need you to come and test ride a bike for me.”

I left work so fast the closed sign nearly broke the glass door.

All but ran into the bike shop looking for a road/trail or something and there he is standing next to a Honda Shadow 750 with that look in his eye.  It was as funny as stink, his mouth and brain were talking details and deals, but his heart and eyes were gone. I could see “take my money” written across his eyes.

I quickly pointed out that he wasn’t really into these bikes, he preferred dirt bikes. I don’t even think he heard, he was lost in the white paint, silver flame outlines and chrome.  I took it for a quick ride and it was a great little bike.

Fun begins

It was parked on his back verandah, just outside his bedroom window in no time at all and then the fun began. Accessories and polishing became his new pastime.

One of the best investments we made were Sena headsets for our helmets. Now we could chatter away as we weaved our way on the quieter back roads gaining our confidence. 

I would scour Google Maps all week finding some back roads in our area that were all sealed and off we’d go on the weekends.  Our communications started out as:

  • Watch out for the car;
  • Look out for the pothole; and
  • There’s loose gravel on the corner.

Now a couple of years down the track it’s more like:

  • Love that corner;
  • Woohoo; and
  • C’mon, catch up!

Big Money Waster

I must have said that last one a few too many times, because dad decided to upgrade. He found a BMW tourer that he had researched for nearly six months. Great price, and the guy was keen to part swap for his Honda Shadow.

It was all too good to be true, there had to be a catch. Yep, the BMW was located in Launceston while we were in Tamworth, NSW. I honestly thought that was the last I’d hear of that deal, next thing I know the crazy old bugger has locked it in.

He rode the shadow down, caught the boat across, did the deal and rode the new BMW back home to Tamworth over a week.

Crazy old bugger.

All the while I was stuck at work speaking to him a number of times a day, worrying a little bit about him, but mostly turning green with envy.

Now he’s got the Big Money Waster with its 1200cc engine, cruise control, heated grips blah blah blah.

Dad on the Big Money WasterDad on the Big Money Waster

Don’t know if I like the Sena headsets anymore. He keeps reminding me of all these things whilst riding.

I used to call him the handbrake, after a nice bit of windy road I’d have to slow down to 70-80km/h to let him catch up.

Last week he passed me.

I was flat out, throttle to the stop, and he disappeared over the horizon in front of me.

The only good thing was my Sena headset had gone flat.

I didn’t have to hear him laughing at me as he went by.

“For sale: Yamaha V-Star 650. Plenty of accessories. May part trade for sports tourer faster than a BMW.”

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BMW joins motorcycle manufacturing halt

The coronavirus pandemic has halted motorcycle manufacturing in the USA and Europe with BMW Motorrad the latest to temporarily stop assembly lines.

BMW Motorrad has halted manufacturing at its Spandau factory n Berlin, but we believe G 310 production is continuing in the TVR plant in India.

The company has also closed its Munich HQ and two museums.

In Australia, BMW’s GS Safari has been postponed from this month until May 24-29.

The recent 2016 BMW GS Safari was a huge success with 200 riders traversing the glorious off-roads of the Great Dividing Range around the NSW-Queensland border and hinterland. joins recallGS Safari in doubt

A spokeswoman says the event will “most definitely go ahead in May”, but we think that’s unlikely given the pandemic expected to be at its peak then.

“We are aware that medically we will still be in the midst of dealing with the COVID-19 virus Australia wide however under advisement the current travel restrictions will have changed which will allow us to run the event as planned,” the spokeswoman says.

Click here for other motorcycle event cancellations.

Manufacturing halt

Break in new harley-Davidson engine factoryHarley’s Pilgrim Rd engine factory

Several motorcycle factories have closed across Europe while Harley-Davidson joined the temporary closure to clean its factories after a worker tested positive at their Milwaukee engine plant.

Ducati has extended its factory closure until March 25 and Brembo and Yamaha have closed their European factories until next Monday.

Moto Morini, KTM, Husqvarna and GasGas had already closed their factories in Italy and Austria.

The Piaggio Group – owner of Aprilia, Moto Guzzi and Vespa – closed its factories last weekend for a “deep clean” and returned to production this week.

Meanwhile, MV Agusta in Lombardy, the epicentre of the Italian coronavirus contagion, continues with a reduced workforce.

All these manufacturing halts may not have an immediate effect on motorcycle supplies, but could result in longer term delays, especially on spare parts.

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BMW Motorrad record another record year of global sales in 2019

BMW Motorrad sales up 5.8 per cent in 2019

In 2019 BMW Motorrad sold more motorcycles and scooters globally than ever before. Compared to the strong previous year, deliveries increased by a further 5.8%. As of December 2019 a total of 175,162 vehicles (previous year: 165,566 units) were delivered to customers.

Dr. Markus Schramm, Head of BMW Motorrad

“2019 was another very successful year for BMW Motorrad in spite of a number of challenges. We achieved a sales record for the ninth time in succession. I would like to thank our customers all over the world most sincerely for the great trust they have placed in us again in 2019. The 2019 sales figures clearly show that our motorcycle growth strategy is taking effect.

BMW F XR2020 BMW F 900 XR – Racing Re

“This success was achieved due to the market launch of seven new models as well as the powerful BMW Motorrad product portfolio. We will expand our product range with emotional and innovative new products in 2020, too. We have already given a preview of our highly anticipated BMW R 18 in 2019.

BMW Motorrad Big Boxer Cruiser Concept RBMW Cruiser Concept R 18 /2

“We also look back with pride on our success in racing in 2019. First podium finishes in the FIM World Superbike Championship (WorldSBK) and the successful entry into the Endurance World Championship (FIM EWC) confirm our confidence in the new BMW S 1000 RR.”

Sepang Hour BMW Endurance PitsBMW Motorrad World Endurance Team

Strong sales in Europe and stability in the USA

With 26,292 units sold (+10.4% compared to the previous year), Germany is once again the largest single market for BMW Motorrad and the brand thus confidently defends its position as the most successful motorcycle manufacturer in the German market.

Thanks to the positive developments in the important European markets of France (17,300 units), Italy (15,580 units), Spain (12,607 units) and the Great Britain/Ireland (9,611 units), sales volumes in 2019 grew significantly throughout Europe (7% compared with the previous year).

BMW Motorrad was also able to maintain its strong position in other important sales markets such as the USA and Canada, with a total volume of 15,116 units sold in a difficult market environment.

In Australia BMW Motorrad were 8.5 per cent down on their 2018 figures despite doubling their scootes sales.

China and Brazil continue to gain ground

BMW Motorrad is continuing to expand in China and Brazil, too. With 8,818 motorcycles and scooters sold in China, BMW Motorrad is able to record an impressive 16.6% growth in China.

A similarly positive development can be observed in Brazil. With 10,064 vehicles now sold and growth of 36.7%, the South American market will move into the top 6 BMW Motorrad markets in 2019.

GS models with ShiftCam boxer engine really take off

The two BMW R 1200/1250 GS and BMW R 1200/1250 GS Adventure travel enduros set another record in 2019. With a total of over 59,000 units of the two GS models now sold, the public’s favourites are continuing their impressive success story seamlessly with the new ShiftCam Boxer engine.

BMW R GS Adventure Studio2019 BMW R 1250 GS Adventure HP

In 2019, the traditionally strong position of the hallmark BMW Motorrad boxer drive, with its new ShiftCam technology, will ensure an increase in volume to now almost 90,000 units, confirming the continuing popularity of this concept and consolidating its leading position in the overall BMW Motorrad range.

The importance of the 500 cc capacity segment

The BMW G 310 R and BMW G 310 GS single-cylinder models continue to enjoy unbroken popularity in the third year after their launch. With over 20,000 machines sold worldwide, these two agile all-rounders are a permanent fixture in the BMW Motorrad portfolio and will continue to contribute to the overall success in 2019.

BMW G 310 GS

BMW Motorrad mid-range models in the fast lane

The BMW Motorrad mid-range models based on the advanced powerful two-cylinder in-line engine also showed positive sales growth. With almost 29,000 models sold, the mid-range segment was able to underline its strong position in the overall BMW Motorrad range. The BMW F 750 GS and BMW F 850 GS models enjoyed the greatest demand.

BMW F GS Adventure Blue LHS2019 BMW F 850 GS Adventure

Outlook at 2020

Timo Resch, BMW Motorrad Head of Sales and Marketing

“We already presented three of our brand new models for the coming season at EICMA 2019. In the mid-range segment, we are launching two highly attractive new bikes, the BMW F 900 R and the F 900 XR. And the new edition of the popular BMW S 1000 XR is also eagerly awaited by our customers. We are of course particularly looking forward to our entry into the high-volume cruiser segment in the second half of 2020. The market launch of the BMW R 18 will certainly be one of the highlights in 2020”

BMW Big Boxer EngineAnd the new Big Boxer marks a new evolution
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100 years of BMW Boxer production, how it all started…

BMW Boxer Engine Centenary

Martin Stolle was a talented young engineer in the development department of BMW and he was having great fun riding his motorcycle from the British marque Douglas. After the First World War, his employer – like all German companies – was prohibited from producing aero-engines.

They kept their heads above water with large-displacement four-cylinder in-line engines for trucks, tractors and boats. A new product needed to be created in order to secure a permanent future.

Inspired by the engine powering his Douglas machine, Stolle designed a 500 cc, air-cooled twin-cylinder engine with horizontally opposed combustion chambers. This type of engine arrangement was already known as a Boxer engine, in which the pistons always operated “one against one” similar to boxing competitors in a fight. The power unit impressed aficionados with its outstanding smooth-running performance right from the start.

Martin Stolle with his Victoria powered by a M B engine
Martin Stolle with his Victoria powered by a M 2 B 15 engine – ca. 1921

In 1920, production of the new engine was launched. At that time, Stolle was just 34-years-old and his design of the Boxer engine was based on smooth-running and reliability. In his initial design, he settled for 6.5 hp at 4,500 rpm.

The new power unit was supplied to various motorcycle manufacturers under the sales designation “Bayern-Kleinmotor” (Bavaria Small Engine). And soon Stolle’s development was installed in motorcycles of the brands Helios, Bison, SMW (Stockdorfer Motoren Werke), Corona and Hoco.

The most successful motorcycles were manufactured by Nürnberger Victoria-Werke, whose KR 1 model powered by the “Bayern-Kleinmotor” from BMW attracted a large number of purchasers. More than 1000 examples of the first Boxer engine from BMW were installed in this model alone.

Two years after the launch of sales for the new BMW bestseller, Martin Stolle followed in the footsteps of “his” engine. He switched companies and moved to Victoria-Werke where he was involved in other successful motorcycle developments.

Production BMW R
Production BMW R 32, 1923

In Munich, Stolle’s legacy was not only a groundbreaking engine concept but also a pioneering inspiration for the future of BMW. The company was destined to move forward on two wheels. The development of a complete motorcycle had already begun. In September 1923, the BMW R 32 was presented – naturally powered by a Boxer engine.

BMW Engine Type 255 Kompressor
BMW Engine Type 255 Kompressor was a supercharged version of the Boxer from the 1930s that powered Georg Meier to victory at the Isle of Man TT in 1939

And now in 2020 BMW will release a new generation of the Boxer destined for a new retro range of cruisers and roadsters with a retro styled massive new donk dubbed the ‘Big Boxer’….

BMW Big Boxer Engine
BMW Big Boxer

Read here for more on the new Big Boxer

Source: MCNews.com.au