From the Inside Flap
Since Max Friz first mounted his innovative M2B32 opposed-twin engine in a motorcycle frame in 1923, the history of BMW motorcycles defines a constant and relentless quest for perfection. Over the next 85 years the company would create the most innovative and technologically advanced motorcycles produced anywhere on earth.
But there’s more to a BMW motorcycle than just innovation and technology. Even though the company earned a reputation for doing things differently than other companies, the company’s motorcycles are not different just for the sake of being different. Each difference represents a brilliant and elegant solution to a real problem, leading BMW to be the first company to introduce many of the features that are later adopted by other manufactures. For example, BMW was the first motorcycle maker to offer anti-lock brakes. As beautiful as BMW motorcycles are in their totality, they may be even more beautiful when broken down to their details.
Art of BMW: Eighty-Five Years of Motorcycling Excellence captures the elegant beauty of these amazing machines, both in their details and in the sum of their parts, through the masterful photography of Henry von Wartenberg and the brilliant writing of author Peter Gantriis.
The Art of BMW Motorcycles features the motorcycles of the Peter Nettesheim collection—one of the world’s premier collections of BMW motorcycles. These wonderfully restored motorcycles exemplify the design and engineering prowess that define of the BMW motorcycle tradition. Peter Nettesheim’s collection showcases the progressive engineering refinements integrated into each successive BMW model.
From the Back Cover
For 85 years BMW has been building some of the world's best motorcycles--an accomplishment that Art of BMW: Eighty-Five Years of Motorcycling Excellence duly celebrates with exquisite studio photographs along with a concise history of the legendary company and its classic motorcycles. From the first model, the R32, through the bikes that catapulted BMW out of the ruins of World War II, to the latest motorcycles with the revamped opposed-twin-cylinder "boxer" engines that brought the company its first fame, to the radical new twin- and four-cylinder motorcycles that fill out today’s BMW lineup—these are the bikes that made BMW great.