BMW, the iconic German Bike maker, has manufactured some of the most popular motorcycles in entire history. With advanced innovations in 2-wheeler technologies BMW has now enterered Indian shores with high end superbikes that includes the adventure series too. In India, motorcycle aficionados will get to vroom many superbikes and the price ranges between twelve lakhs to thirty four lakhs and the model names are F650, K1600, K1300, S1000, and R1200.
A Brief History
This company started producing motorcycles after World War 1 and the brand is now known as ‘BMW Motorrad’. It was founded in 1916 and is placed among the top three luxury automakers of Germany, the others being Mercedes-Benz and Audi. Across all its brands BMW Group has produced 117,109 motorcycles and 1,845,186 automobiles in the year 2012. The first successful motorcycle they manufactured was R32 in the year 1923, which came with a ‘boxer’ twin engine. Most of the motorcycles the company manufactured till 1980s, except for the single cylinder ones, used the distinctive layout of R32. In fact, still now buyers will find this layout in many BMW motorcycles and they are known as R Series. Another notable bike model of the company is BMW R75, produced during World War 2, which had a sidecar having motor-driven wheels. Users were able to ride this machine efficiently even off-road and is considered equivalent to jeeps. There are many other renowned series of motorcycles unveiled by the company over period of time including K Series during 1982, Oilhead or updated airhead Boxer engine during 1990s, R1200GS, R1150GS, R1100S, K1200S Sports Bike of 2004, and many more.
Many technological innovations were done in BMW including anti-lock brakes (back in 1980s), electronic stability control, anti-skidding technology (in the year 2007), suspension design, Eagles Fork, Telelever (trademark front suspension during 1990s), and else.Motorsports, Sponsorships, and Championship WinsBMW has not only won many awards but also sponsored and taken part at various motorsport activities (since 1923). In fact, it the machines of BMW have won many competitions over the years. Some of the renowned motorsport events sponsored by the company include Kumho BMW Championship (organized in UK) and Formula BMW (Junior Racing Formula). In the motorcycle competition, the most notable win for the company was that in 1939 at Grand Prix, where Georg 'Schorsch' Meier won at Isle of Man TT. BMW Motorcycles won Dakar Rally 6 times and the years are 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1999, and 2000. The company made their return at Superbike World Championship with their new superbike named BMW S1000RR.
BMW Bikes Price List in India
Upcoming BMW Bikes
- BMW R 1200 GSExpected Launch: Jun 2019 – Jul 201918.00 – 22.00 Lakhs Expected Price
Market Segment For BMW Bikes
BMW is a pioneer in the bike manufacturing segment. Bikes from BMW are sold through the length and breadth of India through various dealerships. Some of its bikes have gained a lot of attention in the Indian market and this brand is bound to grow more in the coming years.
Performance & Mileage
BMW bikes are very reliable in nature. These bikes are considered to give good fuel efficiency when they hit the road. They might not outperform everything in terms of performance in other bikes, but it gives an overall satisfaction of ownership. BMW makes one of the best bikes in the world. A lot of focus is being laid upon efficient fuel burning and addition of technical features. Some of the best bikes in India, have fuel-saving technologies, which are the need of the hour as they pave an efficient way of developing performance bikes for emerging markets across the globe.
In terms of safety features, it gives one of the best in class features in its segment. The new bikes and scooters in this segment are giving particular consideration to rider safety hence it comes loaded with various safety features. With increasing number of accidents, safety features in a bike has become an integral part of a bike manufacturer.
The new generation of motorcycles and scooters has started gaining improved features and much nicer designs. New headlamp designs and sculpted fairing parts not only look better but also try to reduce wind blast and aid in cooling of motorcycles. World-class features, like automatic headlamps, LED head lamps, full digital meters, and ABS braking are gaining huge interest. This has improved safety and increased style quotient of new bikes across the entire portfolio.
The modern day bikes from BMW are coming up with new design to attract the young customers. Taking inspiration from the International brands, Indian companies are also adapting a futuristic design and styling elements. With a lot of innovation around looks and design, manufacturers have made it an important factor to consider before developing any new facelift or a new product.
With growing number of accidents, BMW spends quality time in choosing the right build quality to avoid damage to the vehicle. A strong build quality ensures a sturdy drive experience and more reliability and assurance to the rider in terms of safety.
BMW gives special attention to the comfort and experience. Seat quality, Handling experience, Ride quality have become an internal pre requisite when building a bike/scooter. A bike should be able to give a good ride experience to the rider for all kinds of terrains and long drives. BMW makes sure of that. Riders, need to feel that comfort factor while riding their bike may it be for daily city commute or long rides.
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