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Milestones in the history of BMW motorcyles from 1923-2003.

  • 1923 - BMWs Chief Designer Max Friz builds the R 32, BMW's first motorcycle launched at the Berlin Motor Show. The R 32 already had the characteristic features of shaft drive and the famous BMW twin-cylinder Boxer engine fitted in transverse arrangement, with the gearbox connected directly to the engine.
  • 1924 - Rudolf Schleicher, BMWs Chief Test Engineer, developed the first ohv sports engine fitted in the R 37. Franz Bieber won the first German Championship for BMW on the machine.
  • 1925 - The year of the first single-cylinder BMW, the R 39, which displaced 250cc and developed a maximum output of 6.5 bhp.
  • 1926 - Rudolf Schleicher won a gold medal in the Six-Day Trial of Great Britain.
  • 1927 - The R 62 and R 63 made their appearance as the first BMW motor-cycles with 750cc engines. This capacity remained the largest engine size in the range until 1973.
  • 1929 - Riding a 750cc BMW on Ingolstädter Landstrasse near Munich, Ernst Henne set a new motorcycle world record of 216.75 km/h or 134.39 mph.
  • 1931 - BMW counters the world economic crisis with the 250cc R 2, which was sold with great success in the marketplace.
  • 1933 - The BMW team won the first International Six Day Trial.
  • 1935 - BMW introduced the first telescopic front wheel fork with hydraulic damping on the R 12 and R 17.
  • 1936 - The all-new BMW R 5 entered production. It was the first time a motorcycle had featured a tubular frame welded electrically under protective gas.
  • 1937 - Riding a streamlined 500cc compressor BMW, Ernst Henne set a new world speed record of 279.5 km/h or 173.4 mph.
  • 1938 - The 100,000th BMW motorcycle was delivered to its proud female owner
  • 1939 - Following his European Championship win of the previous year, Schorsch Meier rode a BMW compressor, racing machine to win the Senior TT on the Isle of Man the world's most famous and demanding motorcycle race. His British team-mate Jock West finished second.
  • 1942 - Production of the R 75 military motorcycle, with an additional drive on the sidecar wheel, was moved from Munich to Eisenach.
  • 1945 - Production of the R 35 started in Eisenach under Soviet administra-tion.
  • 1947 - Schorsch Meier won his second German Championship. His first title was in 1938 and he repeated this success as a BMW works rider in 1948, 1949, 1950, and 1953.
  • 1948 - The 250-cc single-cylinder R 24 was introduced and BMW once again started motorcycle production at Munich.
  • 1950 - Launch of the R 51/2 BMW's first post-war Boxer.
  • 1952 - The R 68 became the first German production machine to reach a speed of 160 km/h or 100 mph.
  • 1954 - Wilhelm Noll and Fritz Cron won the first World Sidecar Championship on a BMW RS.
  • 1955 - BMW launched the R 26, R 50 and R 69 with new swinging-arm suspension.
  • 1960 - Powered by a 42 bhp, 600cc Boxer engine, the new R 69 S boasted a top speed of 175 km/h or 109 mph.
  • 1969 - BMW motorcycle production moved from Munich to Berlin and the new model generation with the top-of-the-range R 75/5 made its debut on the market.
  • 1973 - Enlarging the engine for the first time, BMW launched the R 90/6 and R 90 S. >li>1974 - Klaus Enders riding a BMW RS won the Sidecar World Championship for the sixth time and BMW won the manufacturers’ title for the 20th successive time.
  • 1976 - BMW launched the first large capacity production machine in the world with a full fairing, the 1,000-cc R 100 RS.
  • 1977 - The R 45 and R 65 were added to the model range. Annual production of BMW motorcycles exceeded the 30,000-mark for the first time.
  • 1980 - Riding an 800cc BMW, Rolf Witthöft won the European Off-road Championship. The production version of the Enduro is launched in the guise of the R 80 G/S with BMW Monolever single, rear-wheel swinging arm.
  • 1981 - Hubert Auriol (F) wins the Paris Dakar Rally on a BMW Enduro.
  • 1983 - BMW's first four-cylinder motorcycles, the K 100 model series, was introduced. Hubert Auriol once again achieved victory in the Paris Dakar Rally on a BMW.
  • 1985 - The three-cylinder K 75 was launched. Following his first victory in 1984, Gaston Rahier (B) clinched his second title on a BMW in the Paris Dakar Rally.
  • 1986 - In response to great demand, the R 100 RS and R 100 RT now with a Monolever swinging arm made their return to BMW's model range.
  • 1987 - Introduction of the largest enduro on the world market, the BMW R 100 GS featured the first double-joint, rear wheel swinging-arm, the BMW Paralever.
  • 1988 - BMW became the first motorcycle manufacturer to introduce anti-lock brakes (ABS) on the K 100 models. With sales amounting to 5, 865 units, the R 100 GS was the best-selling motorcycle in Germany.
  • 1989 - The BMW K 1 featured a specially streamlined sports fairing and a 16-valve power unit with Motronic Digital Motor Electronics.
  • 1990 - BMW took the initiative in the fight for a cleaner environment with the introduction of the catalytic converter for motorcycle engines. Motronic paved the way for the first fully controlled three-way catalytic converter when it entered series production in 1991.
  • 1991 - The K 1100 LT became the first BMW motorcycle to displace more than 1000cc. The 1,000,000th BMW motorcycle rolled off the Berlin production line.
  • 1992 - Riding a BMW R 100 GS in standard trim, Jutta Kleinschmidt won the ladies cup in the Cape Town Rally after completing a distance of 12,700 km or 7,874 miles.
  • 1993 - The BMW Boxer celebrated its 70th birthday with the R 1100 RS as the first model of a new generation featuring four-valve Boxer engines. The single-cylinder F 650 was the first BMW motorcycle with-out shaft drive.
  • 1994 - The R 1100 GS enduro, R 850 GS, and the R 1100 R rounded off the range of new BMW Boxers machines. BMW opens its Enduro Park in the small German town of Hechlingen.
  • 1995 - The R 1100 RT touring Boxer was launched. BMW Motorrad built the 100,000th machine with ABS. For the first time in its history the company sold more than 50,000 motorcycles in one year.
  • 1996 - Production of the two-valve Boxer ended with the R 80 GS Basic and the special Ultima version of the K 75. Developing a maximum output of 130 bhp, the new K 1200 RS became the most powerful motor-cy-cle ever produced by BMW.
  • 1997 - The first BMW cruiser, the R 1200 C, was launched in the USA. The motorcycle division of BMW AG reported, for the first time, sales ex-ceeding DM 1billion.
  • 1998 - Starring as the most sporting and dynamic Boxer for the road, the BMW R 1100 S entered the market. At the Munich Intermot Show BMW set new benchmark standards for the luxury tourer market with the K 1200 LT.
  • 1999 - Richard Sainct (F) won the Paris Dakar Rally on the rally version of the single-cylinder BMW F 650. The standard R 1150 GS received a larger engine and a six-speed gearbox.
  • 2000 - Four BMW works riders finished in the top four places in the Dakar Cairo Rally. The new F 650 GS and the highly innovative C1 two-wheeler entered the market. BMW became the only motorcycle manufacturer in the world to fit all models with ABS and a G-type catalytic converter as standard. Schorsch Meier, BMW's legendary mo-tor-cycle racer, died at the age of 90.
  • 2001 - BMW's new and unique Integral ABS further enhanced BMW's reputation for producing advanced safety products. Production in Berlin had increased so quickly that 117 million euros was invested to significantly expand the plant. The Tourer, Sports Tourer and new Roadster were all fitted with the 1,150-cc Boxer engine. The road going F 650 CS the very agile Scarver entered the market.
  • 2002 - Because of its previous success, the second international season of the BMW Motorrad BoxerCup took place with an expanded programme. The R 1100 S BoxerCup Replica for road use was presented to the pub-lic and the K 1200 GT (as a dynami-c tourer) and the R 1200 CL luxury cruiser make debuts at the Intermot Show. Record-breaking annual production of 93,010 units underlined BMW's number one position when it became the largest motorcycle manufacturer in Europe.
  • 2003 - Responding to great demand, BMW introduced the production ver-sion of the R 1150 R Rockster design study. The Boxer machine was equipped with dual ignition. In addition, the BMW Motorrad BoxerCup moved to the USA for the first race of the season at Daytona.