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Title: 70 Jahre BMW-Motorräder
Published by: Bleicher; 5. Aufl edition
Release Date: 1993
Contributors: Author Stefan Knittel
Pages: 392
ISBN13: 3883501654 or 978-3883501659

A complete 70-year history of BMW motorcycles up to the introduction of the R850/1100. Includes comprehensive model details and technical specifications, and an extensive section on BMW racing history. Text in German. Difficult to find and expensive.  Check with Amazon.
Hdbd. with slipcase. 392 pages, 1,652 B&W and color ill.

Genre: Competition, German Language, History, Technical
Title: Bahnstormer - The Story of BMW Motorcycles
Published by: Transport Bookman Publications, Ltd.
Release Date: 1977
Pages: 190
ISBN13: 978-0851840215

L.J.K. Setright was a very highly regarded writer for many auto magazines and in 1977 he authored this interesting and somewhat quirky book.

Genre: Competition, History, Out of Print, Technical
Title: BMW /2 Electrics
Published by: Lulu Publising
Release Date: 2002, 2003, 2005
ASIN: B002AD266Q
Pages: 78

Doug Rinckes' book covers the electrical systems of the R25, R26 and R27 singles, as well as the R50-69S twins. It includes a great deal of information and procedures, and is heavily illustrated. Full color wiring diagrams are included, as well as specifications and common modifications. It's available from Bench Mark Works. It's softcover, wire bound, has 78 pages and 49 illustrations. Highly recommended!

Genre: Parts List, Service Manual, Technical, Theory
Title: BMW GS'ing Around the World: The BMW GS Motorcycle- Racing, Rambling, Repairing
Published by: Arrowstar
Release Date: 2000
ISBN13: 0935151036 or 978-0935151039

A global look at various aspects of the BMW GS motorcycle through the eyes of photojournalist and adventurer Dr. Gregory Frazier. Through two round-the-world trips aboard a BMW GS, this motorcycle journalist captured the GS's while being raced, repaired and roaming the globe. Profusely illustrated with numerous travel tales and inside secrets on the BMW GS. Abridged review from White Horse Press.
Sftbd. 128 pp. 120 color ill.

Genre: Competition, Technical
Title: BMW Motorcycles 1971-76
Published by: Brooklands Books Ltd
Pages: 172
ISBN13: 9781855203785

A new edition to the well-known Brooklands Gold Portfolio series. Features articles and road tests, history, performance data, technical specifications, and more. Available from Classic Motorbooks and Amazon.
Sftbd., 8 x 10 3/4", 172 pp., over 250 B&W ill.

Genre: History, Technical
Title: BMW Motorcycles in WWII

Features mostly-unpublished photographs of the German "war elephant", the R75 with its powered sidecar, as well as the R4 and R12 in action. Most of the photographs are dramatic, some are dramatically breathtaking. Also includes exact technical drawings and specifications.
Hdbd. 189 pages, over 240 ill.

Genre: History, Technical
Title: BMW Motorcycles: The Complete Story
Published by: Crowood Press
Release Date: 1997
Contributors: Bruce Preston
Pages: 192
ISBN13: 1861260059 or 978-1861260055

A complete BMW history from the 1920s to the current K1100 and R850/1100 series, with detailed technical analysis of the machines.  Available on Amazon.
Hdbd. 192 pages, 130 B&W ill. and 8 color pages.

Genre: History, Technical
Title: BMW Motorcycles: The New Generation
Published by: Osprey Pubns
Release Date: 1999
Contributors: Udo Riegel
Pages: 126
ISBN13: 1855329336 or 978-1855329331

Explains the technical development of BMW motorcycles from 1984 and the new Boxer to the more radical offerings of the R1100S and the K1200RS. Full-color portraits of the machinery and key BMW personnel such as designer Wolfgang Seehaus, plus some revealing early design sketches from the company's own records. Full specifications make this a must for all fans of motorcycle design and technology. Review by Classic Motorbooks and Amazon.
Sftbd. 126 pp. 120 color ill.

Genre: History, Technical
Title: BMW Motorräder 1923-1969
Published by: Johann Kleine Vennekate Verlag
Pages: 217
ISBN13: 3935517165 or 978-3935517164

This lovely 217 page compendium of BMW models, printed on heavy, coated paper, is simply chock full of information. Nearly every model gets at least four pages, with many contemporary photos (often from private individuals), factory pictures and diagrams and advertisements. There's a large table in the back that has a tremendous amount of technical information about each model. There's also an appendix that describes the the prewar license plate numbers, so you can decode what you see on those "pedestrian slicers". Highly recommended for the true BMW vintage enthusiast.  In German and oversized.  Can be found on Amazon.

Genre: German Language, History, Technical
Title: BMW Twins Restoration
Published by: Osprey Pub Co
Release Date: 1992
Contributors: Mick Walker
Pages: 240
ISBN13: 1855321912 or 978-1855321915

Covers model-by-model technical changes, development, appearance and accessories. Includes yearly model charts, factory alterations, specifications, color schemes and appendices.  Available from Amazon.
Sftbd. 240 pages, over 220 B&W ill.

Genre: History, Technical
Title: BMW Twins: The Complete Story
Published by: Crowood Press
Release Date: 1998
Contributors: Mick Walker
Pages: 192
ISBN13: 1861261535 or 978-1861261533

This comprehensive and well-written book tells the full story of these horizontally-opposed machines. Contains in-depth development and racing history, full specifications and technical analysis. All road, off-road and racing motorcycles, as well as military and police models, are included.
Hdbd. 192 pages, B&W and color ill.

Genre: Competition, History, Technical
Title: BMW-Motorräder -Entwicklung, Typen, Technik

An extensive and comprehensive model-by-model history with complete technical specifications, and data on BMW racing machines.

Genre: Competition, German Language, History, Out of Print, Technical