BMW Motorcycles Hardcover – Jul 27 2002
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When the time comes to sell your house, quit your job, and leave it all behind to pursue your dream of traveling around the world on two wheels, the bike you’ll most likely select is a BMW. In BMW Motorcycles, author Darwin Holmstrom brings the story of these legendary machines to life, describing the societal and personal forces that created BMW’s two-wheeled line. Holmstrom explores how motorcycles grew from a sideline to a major part of BMW’s business, how World War II nearly destroyed the company, and how BMW motorcycles evolved from stodgy touring bikes to cutting-edge machines that seamlessly blend tradition with modern styling and technology. Filled with Brian J. Nelson’s stunning photography, this insightful book offers a fresh perspective on some of the finest motorcycles ever built. BMW Motorcycles is a must-have for all Beemerphiles.
About the Author
Darwin Holmstrom has written, co-written, or contributed to over thirty books on subjects ranging from motorcycles and muscle cars to Gibson Les Paul guitars, including Indian Motorcycles, GTO: Fifty Years, Let's Ride: Sonny Barger's Guide to Motorcyclying,Top Muscle: The Rarest Cars from America's Fastest Decade, BMW Motorcycles, The Harley-Davidson Motor Co. Archive Collection, and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Motorcycles. Darwin is the senior editor for Motorbooks. Prior to that he served as Midwestern editor for Motorcyclist magazine.
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Text is also very good. Some books on BMWs that are/were available are very slight - at least one of the ones I bought via Amazon is a remainder from England - a "packaged" book; part of a series on various makes of bike, with little text and photos used in several titles.
Having owned a BMW (R100RT) when I lived in London, England, and now a R1100RT, I can attest to their being fine machines -bikes that deserve such a worthy book on them.
I agree with the author's review that many other books on BMWs focus on the early history and concern earlier types and do not contain much on the later models. I think the author is arguably not stating the obvious reason here. This is maybe because they were written before the current "oilhead" twins were produced so understandably could not cover them, or if revised then the books were merely slightly updated after these newer types arrived on the scene so include only a chapter or so on them?
This book being recently published is (obviously)as a result more timely on its coverage.
As a rider of Triumphs some years ago, I'm saving up to buy the similar volume covering that historical make as well - not seen it but I'm sure it will make a fine companion to this title.
A great book at a reasonable price, considering the wealth of color photos, for any motorcycle fan and especially for BMW riders.
But the real value of this book is the stunning photography provided by Brian J. Nelson, one of the finest photographers working in the field of motor journalism. It's unfortunate that there is no photography from the book posted on this website, because Brian has transformed this work from just another motorcycle history book into a true work of art.
On a more sophomoric level, I found writing this book rewarding because I was able to use a conjugation of the verb "fornicate," and also because I was able to alude to the interbreeding practices of European royalty prior to World War I. Incorporating these things into a BMW motorcycle history tested my creative skills.
Good reading for the person interested in the history of this company and of the earlier models.
Ian Falloon's "Standard catalog of Ducati Motorcycles" is the way I would like to see it.