BMW (Bayerische Motoren Werke, AG) was founded in 1916. During the Great War BMW built aircraft engines. After WWI Germany was not allowed to manufacture aircraft, so the company branched out into other fields making industrial engines, agricultural machinery and in 1921 began the first flat twin engine. This engine was largely used as a portable industrial engine. The first successful BMW motorcycle was introduced in 1923 - R32.
During World War II the Wehrmacht used the R75 in all the theaters of combat. From North Africa to
the Frozen steppes of Russia. The R75 was a proven war horse and performed well in all environments.
When I was a fine art publisher I published ANCIENT WARRIOR and still have a few copies available.
It depicts an R75 with a sidecar abandoned by the Wiking Division in Russia. Go to the link above to purchase - KARL H. JOHNSON PHOTOGRAPHY Print cost is only $30.00 and includes shipping to US addresses. International please add $15.00.
HERMY'S BMW schedules a few great get togethers, the next one will be the October Fest on October 1st. Should you find yourself in the area be sure to stop in. The 100th Anniversary of BMW was a good turn out. They always do a fine job on keeping us fed and entertained.
As you would expect there were some fine rides there too. This is an exquisite example of the R90S in Daytona Orange. My first bike was a 1976 R90S in Smoke. Selling it was one of the dumbest things I've
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