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The BMW Boxer Twins 1970-1996 Bible – All air-cooled models 1970-1996 (Except R45, R65, G/S & GS)

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The BMW Boxer Twins 1970-1996 Bible


The BMW Boxer Twins 1970-1996 Bible – All air-cooled models 1970-1996 (Except R45, R65, G/S & GS)

By Ian Falloon
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V4999 • 25x20.7cm • 160 pages • 190 colour and b&w pictures

ISBN: 978-1-845849-99-3

£ 30.00 Postage + P&P (eBook prices vary, and delivery is free)

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• Full description of the model's development
• Analysis of the boxer twin engine
• Detailed look at the R90S and R100RS
• Racing history
• Year-by-year revisions to each model during the whole production run
• All engine and frame numbers by year
• Technical appraisal
• Complete appendices of technical specifications


The air-cooled boxer BMW twins were among the most significant motorcycles of the 1970s through the 1980s, providing an unparalleled combination of comfort, reliability, and performance. From the /5 series, a complete series of sport and touring motorcycles evolved that earned a huge following and which was never emulated by other manufacturers.


Before the /5 series, BMW had a reputation for producing expensive and idiosyncratic touring motorcycles. But the /5 changed that. Although still expensive, the market was opened to a new world of riders, and during the 1970s the air-cooled boxer evolved into the ground-breaking R90S and R100RS. These were amongst the first motorcycles with factory-fitted fairings and they also offered class-leading performance. Even when BMW decided to discontinue the twins in favour of the new four-cylinder K-series in 1984, demand for the older boxers forced BMW to reconsider. The boxer was resurrected and continued for more than a decade.

Independent Reviews

Every so often, a publisher comes up with a devastatingly simple but very effective idea for a book series, and Veloce Publishing’s ‘Bible’ range of medium-sized, colourful and extremely informative titles is undoubtedly one of these.
Even if you don’t actually own an example of the models described, these books are so evocative of the periods described that they could be worth buying merely for the memories they contain ...
Old Bike Mart

Reviews for the previous edition:

The BMW Boxer Twins  Bible is available again. If you are an owner, or potential
owner, this book is an indispensable reference guide to each model’s development and production with revisions during the series run. Along with a full analysis
of the boxer twin engine you’ll find lists of all engine and frame numbers by year and complete appendices of technical specifi cations.
BMW Motorcycle Magazine

As with all in the series, this hardback is well laid out and makes good use of factory photos and line drawings slotted in with new photography ... if you are an owner or looking to become one it is a must-have, as it is for those like me that need a reliable reference work.

Anyone with a vague interest in BMWs is going to love this book, well laid out and excellent photography. Very comprehensive information provided and will appeal to current and potential BMW Boxer owners. Recommended.

For owners and would be owners, this is a fact-packed, year-by-year, change-by-change record of BMW's classic boxer twin motorcycles, an indispensable source book for all enthusiasts.
Rapid Bikes

Additional Information

Covers the period 1970-95, and the following models: R50/5, R60/5, R75/5, R60/6, R75/6, R90/6, R90S, R60/7, R75/7, R80/7, R100/7, R100S, R100T, R100RS, R100RT R100CS, R80T, R80RT, R80ST, R65 Mono, R65RT Mono, R80 Mono, R89RT Mono, R100R, R100RS Mono, R100RT Mono

With production spanning more than two decades the air-cooled boxer twin has become the iconic BMW motorcycle

Detailed research has resulted in a plethora of new information regarding the production of the air-cooled boxer twins.

Includes full production figures and detailed Appendices.


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