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Book - BMW Racing Motorcycles: The Mastery of Speed



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Authors: Laurel C. Allen and Mark Gardiner

Here is the intriguing story of one of the world’s most admired and enduring motorcycle companies, and how their fortunes were molded by a determination to win races. Early in the last century, the fledgling company decided to test its products, demonstrate the quality of its designs, and showcase German technology by winning competitions. That determination has lasted to this day, as BMW has remained a formidable competitor in various venues of motorcycle racing.

The book covers the company’s early mutation from aircraft engine builder to producer of reliable, highquality motorcycles. Its development of supercharged engines, advanced suspension systems, and many other innovations led to its dominance of various race competitions at different times, with many of those technologies making their way into production motorcycles.

BMWs have long been known for reliability and endurance; it is precisely those characteristics which gave the company the deciding advantage in sidecar racing, endurance competitions, and Superbike racing. Contents:
  • Dreams of flight crash to the ground
  • Off to the great road races of Europe, and to Europe’s great off-road races
  • The rise of the Kompressor, the fall of records
  • War clouds loom
  • Rebuilding after the war
  • A little (actually, quite a lot) on the side
  • The passion endures
  • Butler & Smith go racing
  • Lost and found, in the desert
  • Special series and spec racing
  • Onward and upward
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