BMW Motorrad

BMW Motorrad

BMW Motorrad Overview

BMW Motorrad Overview

BMW Motorrad is the motorcycle brand and division of German automotive manufacturer, BMW. It has produced motorcycles since 1923, and achieved record sales for the fifth year in succession in 2015. With a total of 136,963 vehicles sold in 2015, BMW registered a growth of 10.9% in sales in comparison with 2014. In May 2011, the 2,000,000th motorcycle produced by BMW Motorrad was an R1200GS.


The company began as an aircraft engine manufacturer in the early 20th century and through World War I. BMW manufactured its first motorcycle in 1923, the R32, which featured a flat-twin boxer engine. BMW Motorrad still uses the flat-twin boxer configuration, but now manufactures motorcycles with a variety of engine configurations.

Current Production

With the exception of the G310 series (which is produced at TVS's Tamil Nadu, India plant), all BMW Motorrad's motorcycle production takes place at its plant in Berlin, Germany. Some engines are manufactured in Austria, China, and Taiwan. Most of the current motorcycles in BMW Motorrad's range were designed by David Robb, who was the company's chief designer from 1993 to 2012 when he was replaced by Edgar Heinrich.

The most popular model

The most popular model is the R1200GS and its sibling R1200GS Adventure, which sold 24,467 units – accounting for 28% of BMW's annual production. Current production includes a variety of shaft and chain driven models, with engines from 310 cc to 1,802 cc; and models designed for off-road, dual-purpose, sport, and touring activities.

BMW Motorrad Motorcycles Families

  • C series – maxi-scooters called Urban Mobility Vehicles by BMW. Models are CE04, CE02, C400GT and C400X.
  • F series – parallel-twin engines of 853 cc and 895 cc capacity featuring chain drive. Models are F750GS, F800 GS, F900 GS Adventure, F850GS, F850GS Adventure, F900R, F900 GS, F900XR.
  • G series – single-cylinder engine of 313 cc capacity featuring chain drive. Models are G310R, G310GS, and G310RR, all manufactured in India by TVS Motor Company.
  • R series – primarily twin-cylinder boxer engines of 1,254 cc capacity featuring liquid cooling and shaft drive. Models are R1250GS, R1250GS Adventure, R1250RT, R1250R, R1250RS, R1300GS. This family also includes the R nineT, which uses the previous generation air and oil-cooled boxer engine, and the R18, which uses a newly designed air and oil-cooled 1,802 cc boxer engine.
  • K series – straight-six engine of 1,649 cc capacity featuring shaft drive. Models are K1600B, K1600GT, and K1600GTL.
  • S series – performance-oriented inline-four engine of 999 cc capacity featuring chain drive. Models are S1000RR, S1000R, and S1000XR.


BMW Motorrad achieved record sales for the fifth time in succession in 2015. With a total of 136,963 vehicles sold in 2015, BMW registered a 10.9% increase in sales in comparison with 2014. The biggest single market in 2015 was once again Germany (23,823 units), followed by the United States (16,501 units), France (12,550 units), Italy (11,150 units), United Kingdom (8,200 units) and Spain (7,976 units).


Main article: BMW in motorsport – Motorcycling. BMW have a long history in motorsports with many successes in a wide range of disciplines including Isle of Man TT, Dakar Rally, and Superbikes.

Engine types

There are four lines of BMW motorcycles:

  1. F & G series singles
  2. F series twins
  3. R series
  4. K series
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