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BMW Motorcycles Hardcover – Jul 27 2002

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks; First edition (July 27 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076031098X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760310984
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 1.9 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,143,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

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.

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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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Format: Hardcover
Having on my shelf just about every BMW motorcycle book available on Amazon[.com] (and I did not pay the high prices currently showing for some titles, even though I bought them via Amazon[.com] vendors!), I must say, as far as quality of photographs, this is the best!
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.
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Format: Hardcover
In researching this book, I read just about everything ever published about BMW motorcycles. Frankly, the early information was difficult to sort through and often contradictory, even though this is the era that has been written about most extensively. The informational value of my book lies in the coverage of BMW motorcycles after 1969. The motorcycles of the modern era have been covered in far less detail, as if other authors were not interested in the motorcycles built after that date.
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.
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I expected another boring book about BMWs, but instead of the mind-numbing parts lists that pass for books on the subject, this one was actually a blast to read. I even laughed out loud. The history was there, and I learned a lot I didn't know, especially about the bikes that were exported to North America, but what struck me was how entertaining the book was. I bought it because of the great photography and wasn't even expecting to read it, but once I started, I couldn't put it down. This is by far the best BMW book ever published.
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