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best bmw motorcycles ever made

About Our Selections

These selections had one major criteria, that of being manufactured by, or over 80% produced by, BMW. Due to the importance of some bikes that were not technically street legal, both racing and road motorcycles are valid for consideration.

1923 BMW R32

The first motorcycle made by BMW, and what a strong start they had

1926 BMW R57 Kompressor / Type 255 500 Kompressor

A racing bike that pushed the technologies of the 1920s to their limit

1935 BMW R12

BMW at the forefront again with the first raod-legal motorcycle with a telescoping front fork

1955 BMW R69

The bike that saved BMW Motorrad from shutting down

1969 BMW R75/5

The bike that announced that BMW was back in a big way

1973 BMW R90S

The first BMW designed by someone outside of the company, and also a brightly colored sledgehammer in the emerging sport bike market

1980 BMW R80 G/S

A motorcycle so beyond anything before seen, it created the ADV class of motorcycles

1983 BMW K100RS

Nicknamed "The Flying Brick," it nonetheless helped to kickstart the sport touring class of motorcycles, and was an engineering tour-de-force

1994 BMW R1100 RS

The start of nearly 30 years of BMW's road touring class of motorcycles

2009 BMW S1000 RR

BMW's first superbike, designed to race in World SBK while also being a monster for the road