Where It ALL BE­GAN

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For over 90 years, BMW Mo­tor­rad has been set­ting new stan­dards with its ex­cep­tion­ally-made mo­tor­cy­cles. The com­pany’s per­ma­nent en­deav­our to in­no­vate, paired with the exclusive char­ac­ter of these mo­tor­cy­cles, forms the ba­sis of a grow­ing com­mu­nity of BMW fans.

Old and new BMW flat twin re­builds can of­ten be seen on the roads. A com­mon char­ac­ter­is­tic of these mo­tor­cy­cles is each bike’s in­di­vid­ual char­ac­ter, mak­ing the own­ers proud and em­body­ing the qual­ity and rich tra­di­tion of the BMW Mo­tor­rad brand.

The Heritage se­ries clearly shows the boxer his­tory of BMW Mo­tor­rad, with the R nineT – a mo­tor­cy­cle made for ev­ery­one who wants to “re­alise their own vi­sion” thanks to the many cus­tomis­ing op­tions. Part of this col­lec­tion, the Scram­bler cel­e­brates the un­con­ven­tional; the Racer re­vives the su­per­bike era of the 1970s; the Pure is a mo­tor­cy­cle re­duced to its es­sen­tials; and the Ur­ban G/S pays homage to the start of the G/S suc­cess story.

This col­lec­tion of mo­tor­cy­cles is directly linked to BMW’s mo­tor­cy­cle his­tory – which be­gan in 1921 when the com­pany com­menced build­ing en­gines for other brands. BMW Mo­tor­rad was given its ini­tial boost in 1917 when Max Friz started work­ing for BMW. Shortly be­fore, he had quit his job un­der Paul Daimler in Stuttgart. As it turns out, this was highly for­tu­nate for BMW, since af­ter the ban­ning of air­craft and air­craft en­gines by the Treaty of Ver­sailles, the ex­is­tence of BMW seemed to have been placed on un­sure foot­ing. Friz, who soon be­came BMW’s head de­signer, turned his full

BMW Mo­tor­rad has con­tin­u­ously been set­ting new stan­dards in mo­tor­cy­cle con­struc­tion for al­most a cen­tury – and the brand’s Heritage col­lec­tion per­fectly re­flects this con­stant strive for in­no­va­tion.

at­ten­tion to man­u­fac­tur­ing mo­tor­cy­cles. In De­cem­ber 1922, Friz had al­ready put the first BMW mo­tor­cy­cle on the draw­ing board to orig­i­nal scale. The core of his de­sign was the new drive concept of the leg­endary BMW flat twin boxer en­gine.

Clear and re­duced, the nineT se­ries is deeply rooted in the boxer his­tory of BMW and is metic­u­lously equipped with high-qual­ity parts and a uniquely at­trac­tive vis­ual ap­peal. As stated by BMW Mo­tor­rad, “To ride a mo­tor­bike is to search for free­dom. The R nineT is your com­pan­ion on this jour­ney. The here and now is the only thing that counts. The sky above and the road be­neath you. And in the mid­dle it’s only you and the nine. An in­sep­a­ra­ble en­tity, pure sym­bio­sis. The BMW nineT stands for one thing above all else: pure rid­ing.”

In 2017, the R nineT

Pure, R nineT Ur­ban G/S, and the R nineT Racer will be join­ing the

R nineT Road­ster and R nineT

Scram­bler which is cur­rently avail­able for pur­chase. The nineT is only avail­able in pure black with high-level equip­ment, giv­ing the buyer room for in­di­vid­u­al­i­sa­tion, as the bike can be given per­sonal touches thanks to the wide range of ac­ces­sories avail­able. BMW

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