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THE COMPLETE BOOK OF BMW Motorcycles, written by Ian Falloon, presents a comprehensive, year-by- year history of every BMW motorcy- cle ever built by Germany’s leading motorcycle manufacturer. The beauti- fully illustrated hardcover book fea- tures 295 color and 143 black and white photographs, with many histor- ical images borrowed from the BMW archives. Ian Falloon takes readers on a


visual and historical journey begin- ning in 1913 when Karl Rapp began began building aircraft engines in Munich. Despite the fact that Rapp’s engines were unreliable, the outbreak of the first world war provided a lucrative war contract and business began to flourish. Because of Rapp’s poor reputation, the Austrian War Ministry stepped in and appointed Franz Popp, a 30-year-old Austrian lieutenant and engineer, to oversee production. One of Popp’s first moves was to remove Rapp’s name from the company, and in July 1917, the Rapp Motor Works was renamed the Bavar- ian Motor Works. With the Treaty of Versailles and


Germany’s involvement in the manu- facture of aircraft and engines forbid- den, BMW’s future was in doubt. If not for the insistence of Martin Stolle, a factory foreman who several years earlier had won third prize on a 1913 English Douglas in a Vienna-to- Munich race, Popp would not have steered BMW into motorcycle engine production. Several years later, BMW moved from building only engines, to producing motorcycles with the release of the R 32. So began the cele- brated, yet oftentimes uncertain his- tory of BMW Motorrad. Falloon’s book delves into BMW’s


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past by breaking its his- tory into significant peri- ods in the development of its motorcycles. Beginning with the birth of the company in the 1920s, which Fal- loon describes as a period where BMW “established


their


DNA,” the author details every model produced up to and including


the 2015


BMW S 1000 XR while discussing the advancements with each new model.


Between descrip-


tions and specifi- cation charts of the models avail- able each year, the author


has included stories behind BMW


motorcycle development during those times. For instance, Falloon describes how the need to remain competitive with motorcycles from Italy, England and Japan drove the development of the R 90 S. He also details how BMW’s conservative repu- tation was shattered with the release of the 1989 K1 and how a new classification of large dual-sport motorcycles was created with the introduction of the 1981 R 80 G/S. Another section tells the story behind the development of the S 1000 RR, which shredded any doubts that BMW could build a competitive Superbike.


r in Sidebars trace BMW’s illustrious motor-


cycle racing history, beginning with Hans Soenius’ three German championships between 1927 and 1929 and Ernst Henne’s 76 racing records he held between 1929 and 1937. The racing highlights continue


through Reg Pridmore’s win


at Daytona in 1976 all the way up to and including Michael Dunlop’s historic triple victory at the Isle of Man last June aboard the S 1000 RR.


The Complete Book of BMW Motorcycles


captures nearly 100 years of motorcycling excellence and is a reference worthy of a place on every BMW enthusiast’s bookshelf or coffee table. Ian Falloon is the author of more than 20 books on motorcycles, with several BMW-specific titles including BMW R90S, Original BMW Air-Cooled Boxer Twins 1950-1996, The BMW Story and BMW Boxer Twins. The Complete Book of BMW Motorcycles


is available at quartoknows.com, amazon. com, Barnes and Noble and anywhere fine books are sold.


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