Celebrating 100 Years of BMW Motorcycles: an exhibit at the Ultimate Driving Museum


Marque particular automobile golf equipment are in some ways the glue that holds the whole automobile passion collectively. Regardless of in the event that they take the type of a online-only membership or a full blown membership such because the Porsche membership of America, they’re the organizations that plan occasions, publish newsletters and magazines, maintain judged concours occasions that set the usual of excellence inside a particular marque, and create a lot of the enjoyable that makes the automobile passion such an exhilarating factor to be concerned with.

Of all these marque particular golf equipment, there’s a single membership that stands above the remainder as a result of, along with the various actions listed above, this membership has a basis that holds teen driving faculties, has an incredible archive of marque particular paperwork, and even has its personal museum. This membership is the BMW Automotive Membership of America, and that group is the BMWCCA Basis with its museum aptly named The Final Driving Museum situated simply exterior the BMW manufacturing facility in Spartanburg, SC.

I used to be not too long ago given the dignity to be a BMWCCA Basis Ambassador. Which means it’s my job is to advertise the actions of the BMWCCA Basis, and let individuals know that it not solely exists however what it does and what it’s.

The BMWCCA Basis was based in April 2002 and the muse’s Final Driving Museum opened in 2017. Since its opening the museum holds a curated exhibit of autos annually. These exhibitions have included: Heroes of Bavaria: 75 Years of BMW Motorsport, The Icon: 50 Years of the 2002PASSION which celebrated the individuals and the vehicles which have saved the fanatic scene alive, Genesis: BMW from the Starting, The Energy of M, and the newest exhibit titled BMW Bikes: a Century of Innovation. The hyperlinks for these present will take you to the books the Basis creates for every exhibit, they usually characteristic superb pictures and the masterful writing of BMW professional and former editor of Bimmer journal, Jackie Jouret. They provide a good way to see what you missed when the reveals have been up and to study extra in regards to the historical past of the vehicles.

I attended the opening of the BMW Bikes exhibit and you probably have any curiosity in bikes or BMW as an organization, that is merely to not be missed. I’ll confess that I accumulate BMW bikes and have beloved these bikes since I used to be 13 years previous. They by some means get underneath your pores and skin, and I used to be excited to have the ability to attend the opening.

The examples of BMW bikes, and some vehicles powered by BMW motorbike engines, on show within the exhibition span the whole historical past of BMW as a producer.

The bikes start with the bike that began all of it, the corporate’s first ever motorbike: the R32.

The R32 was the primary manufacturing motorbike designed by Max Fritz to introduce the BMW boxer engine that’s nonetheless inbuilt a contemporary type in the present day.

The R32 Engine

One other nice bike of this exhibit is the 1932 R2 single. This bike is totally different from each different bike BMW inbuilt that it’s the solely BMW motorbike to have an uncovered valvetrain meeting.

My private favourite is unusually the R65LS. Once I was 13 years previous the LS was my all-time favourite motorbike, and I now personal one personally and beloved seeing it on show on the museum.

The star of the present for a lot of is the Daytona-winning Butler and Smith R90S that was ridden to victory by legendary motorbike racer Reg Pridmore. This was the bike that saved BMW within the early Nineteen Seventies and the bike that modified the model from being one centered on well-built, dependable, however nonetheless a bit sedated bikes to constructing a sporting motorbike. The R90S is taken into account to be the primary superbike constructed by any producer. This particular R90S can be vital as this exhibit is the primary time it has been displayed in public since 1977.

The exhibit of 56 totally different BMW bikes goes throughout the historical past of BMW bikes and even contains their latest S1000 sport fashions and the R18 cruiser. If you wish to see the development of BMW as a builder of bikes and the way the corporate has progressed, merely spend a number of hours, or a day for those who learn all of the placards which I might advise doing, and study in regards to the many two wheel masterpieces the corporate has produced. 

The BMW Bikes: A Century of Innovation exhibit is on show now by January 20, 2024. Hours of operation are 9AM-5PM Monday by Friday, and Saturday from 10AM-4PM. Admission is $12 for adults, youngsters 6-17 are $6, and kids 5 and underneath are free. Contact info for the BMWCCA Basis and the Final Driving Museum together with instructions can be found right here.

There has by no means been such a whole chronology of BMW bikes on show within the U.S. and for those who love bikes you don’t wish to miss this. 


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