Pioneer, trendsetter.

Bold products get BMW on a roll.

The new four-valve boxer with electronic engine management and the first BMW single-cylinder motorcycle since 1966 come on the market in the 1990s. In addition, in the spring of 1991, BMW Motorrad became the world's first motorcycle manufacturer to offer a regulated three-way catalytic converter for motorcycles. 

New boxer generations launch.

New boxer generations launch.

The R 80 GS Basic was also the last model of the classic two-valve boxer generation to leave the production line at the BMW Motorrad plant in Spandau. After more than 70 years, a major chapter in the history of German motorcycles came to a close. 
Summary: since 1923, 684,830 bikes from the classic boxer series were sold worldwide. The R 110 RS was the first of the new four-valve boxer models with electronic engine management and two camshafts in the head. In addition, by starting the new generation of boxers, BMW launched a new, brand-specific and innovative front wheel steering system: The telelever. 

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Funduro 1993 – the Eurobike.

Joining the traditional two-cylinder flat-twin "boxer" series and the K Series at the end of 1993, a third series is created: The F Series, initially represented by the F 650. The first single-cylinder BMW since 1966 is a joint European project. BMW develops the technological concept and the dynamic design, with collaboration partner Aprilia supporting development and managing the assembly process. The construction of the 650-ccm-single-cylinder 4-valve engine, modified according to BMW specifications, is taken on by the Austrian engine specialist Rotax. As May 1995, BMW is the first manufacturer to fit all motorcycles of its current range with a catalytic converter as standard, also offering to retrofit this item in the relevant models. 

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The motorcycles of the 1990s

1993: F 650.

1993: F 650.

The entry-level model with single-cylinder four-valve engine, chain drive instead of shaft drive, boxed steel one-piece frame, telescopic fork to the front and dual swing arm to the rear. The motorcycle weighed just 189 kg. The F 650 combined fun and power and was even suitable for modest off-road use. 

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1993: R 1100 RS.

1993: R 1100 RS.

The R 110 RS was the first of the new BMW four-valve boxer generation. This sporting tourer united character, tradition and the latest technology like no other motorcycle in the world. One special feature was the ergonomic package, which enabled the motorcycle to be adapted individually to the rider. The fairing and handlebars were variable, while the split seat was height adjustable for the rider. The new telelever was particularly revolutionary, separating suspension and damping from the wheel control. 

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1994: R 1100 GS.

1994: R 1100 GS.

BMW Motorrad presented the R 1100 GS as a successor to the R 100 GS. The engine was taken from the RS, however the focus was more on torque and traction. 

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1997: R 1200 C.

1997: R 1200 C.

With the R 1200 C, BMW first entered the field of Cruiser motorcycles. Both the boxer engine and the design of the R 1200 C meant that the bike was a completely new take on the idea of a cruiser. This cruiser came to world prominence thanks to its role in the James Bond movie "Tomorrow Never Dies". 

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1999: R 1150 GS.

1999: R 1150 GS.

Almost 20 years after the introduction of the R 80 G/S, the R 1150 GS reached the market as the successor to the R 1100 GS. As well as the engine, the transmission, chassis and front section were also revised. In a move designed to improve handling, the lighter telelever from the R 1100 S was used. 

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1999: C1.

1999: C1.

The C1 was an innovative synthesis of motorcycle and automobile and was intended as an alternative means of transport for large cities and urban areas. Its unique safety concept involved a safety cell, crash element and belt restraint system and meant that riders did not need a helmet in many jurisdictions. 

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More decades

  • 1920s.
    The foundations.

    At the Berlin Motor Show in September 1923, the starting signal was given for the construction of BMW motorcycles: The R 32 is the first BMW motorcycle, developed by Max Friz. The world-renowned boxer engine will be the manufacturers main characteristic. 

  • 1930s.
    Of records and races.

    In the 1930s, the engineers not only considered performance development, but also introduced, for example, the hydraulically damped telescopic fork and the elaborately designed OHV boxer engine - with unique consequences and successes.

  • 1940s.
    On with pioneering spirit.

    After the turmoil of the war, BMW manages a new start with motorcycle production. First they build the R 24 a single-cylinder motorcycle limited to 250 cc. 

  • 1950s.
    Back on top.

    The 1950s are marked by sporting successes. BMW achieves remarkable top speeds with a series-manufactured machine. Furthermore the drivers of motorcycle teams win world championship titles.

  • 1960s.
    Up turn.

    In Berlin-Spandau, where aircraft engines were built up to 1945 and subsequently tool machine facilities were installed, the BMW motorcycles are given their new home and Berlin air in their tyres. In keeping with the new motorcycle boom, BMW manufactures a completely newly developed series with the /5 models.

  • 1970s.
    Protection against wind and weather.

    A new era is being introduced: Cockpit and full fairings make driving on the motorcycle more comfortable. There are sporty motorbikes. In particular, the R 90 S is a popular design classic - not least because of its elaborate two-tone paintwork. 

  • 1980s.
    New technology, new segment.

    The motorcycle manufacturer surprises with pioneering innovations and the new segment of travel enduro. After the revolutionary single-arm swing from 1980, the BMW Paralever system is introduced in 1987 in the R 100 GS. 

  • 2000s.
    Sportier and more dynamic than ever.

    Several new models and technical innovations are driving the growth at BMW Motorrad: the new K-Series now comes with a transversely mounted engine, and the newly developed F-Series fuels the mid-range segment. At the end of the decade, BMW Motorrad will introduce one of the most important new releases on the market - the S 1000 RR marks the first time that the brand has entered the world of superbikes.

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