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. 

Technological Advancements

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.