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    Question detailed model history

    Some years ago a buddy recommended Karl Ludvigsen's book on model history for early Porsche's. The detail by year, model changes, history and excruciating detail from the book proved invaluable when selecting a car. It has the type of detail i've seen here in the forums...details such as the year the turn signals began being mounted on the license plate, and such manner of detail.

    As much as I like information on the internet, often it is nice to have a single comprehensive volume in your hands when doing research (probably give my age away saying that though); https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/05..._bibl_vppi_i34

    Does anyone know if there is a book of similar quality and scope for the BMW motorcycles or BMW airheads specifically? Somazzi's book has high reviews on Amazon, but it seems kind of light for covering 70ish years so I'm skeptical. I'm looking for something meatier if there is anything.

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    There is no just one book on BMW Motorcycles. It really takes a collection of books. Some have better pics and some have better text. Some on the list.
    BMW TWINS All BMW TWINS, 1955-1985 RESTORATION
    Mick Walker 1992. ISBN 1-85532-191 2
    BMW TWINS The Complete Story by Mick Walker 1998 ISBN 1 86126 153 5
    BMW MOTORCYCLES THE EVOLUTION OF EXCELLENCE
    BY Kevin Ash 2006 ISBN-13. 978-1-884313-57-8 ISBN-10:
    1-884313-57-4
    Taking a break, more coming.

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    Welcome to the forum! My thoughts on books are:

    - Original BMW Air-Cooled Boxer Twins 1950-1996 by Ian Falloon

    - BMW Motorcycles from 1969 to 1985 Volume 1 - All Airheads with twin shocks by Andy Schwietzer

    I'm not aware of a Volume 2, but Volume 1 is a good book with lots of details about the first half of the Airhead run.
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    2 book series of magazine articles on BMW motorcycles soft back. Compiled by R.M. Clarke
    BMW MOTORCYCLES Gold Portfolio 1950-1971
    ISBN 1-85520-377-4
    BMW MOTORCYCLES Gold Portfolio 1971-1976
    ISBN 1-85520-378-2

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    2 book series from BMW Mobile Tradition
    BMW PROFILES 1 AND 2
    Motorcycles from Munich 1923-1969
    1997 BMW order no. 01 09 0 035 256
    BMW PROFILES 1
    Motorcycles from Berlin 1969-1998
    1998 BMW order no. 01 09 0 035 281
    BMW PROFILES 2

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    Two more books by Ian Falloon

    BMW Boxer Twins All air-cooled models 1970-1996 except R45, R65, G/S & GS 2009
    ISBN 978-1-84584-168-3
    BMW BOXER TWINS 2004
    ISBN 1 85960 963 5

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    A Couple More

    BAHNSTORMER
    The Story of BMW MOTORCYCLES
    L.J.K. SETRIGHT 1977
    ISBN 0 85184 021 3

    BMW TWINS & SINGLES
    Roy Bacon
    Foreword by Reg Pridmore
    The Postwar 250 Singles and 450 to 1000 Twins
    1982, 1984
    ISBN 0-85045-470-0

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    BMW MOTORCYCLES by Darwin Holmstrom and Brian J. Nelson 2009 ISBN 978 0 7603-3748-6

    The ART of BMW
    85 YEARS OF MOTORCYCLING EXCELLENCE
    2008
    Peter Gantriis
    ISBN-13: 978-0 -7603-3315-0

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    Quote Originally Posted by 20774 View Post
    Welcome to the forum! My thoughts on books are:

    - Original BMW Air-Cooled Boxer Twins 1950-1996 by Ian Falloon

    - BMW Motorcycles from 1969 to 1985 Volume 1 - All Airheads with twin shocks by Andy Schwietzer

    I'm not aware of a Volume 2, but Volume 1 is a good book with lots of details about the first half of the Airhead run.
    There is a volume #2 1986 to 1995) and volume #3 (R90S) but both are available only in German.

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    Some more BMW Books

    BMW MOTORCYCLES
    The Complete Story by Bruce Preston 1996,2002
    ISBN 1 86126 005 9
    Revised and Updated Edition

    Motorcyclist BMW Files
    Selected Road Tests
    From the editors of Motorcyclist Magazine
    2003 ISBN 0-7603-1695-3

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    2 Workshop Manuals With a Lot of History

    BMW TWINS
    ALL BMW FLAT TWINS, 1955-1985
    RESTORATION By MICK WALKER
    The essential guide to the renovation, restoration and development history of all BMW flat twins 1955-1985
    Osprey Publishing 1992 ISBN 1-85532-191 2

    How To Restore Your BMW TWIN 1955-1985
    Mick Walker
    1992 Osprey Publishing
    2005 Motorbooks -- MBI Publishing
    ISBN-13: 978-0-7603-2262-8
    ISBN: 0-7603-2262-7

    These 2 books are almost identical; just a heads up. Both are good references along with a true workshop manual.

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    Illustrated BMW Motorcycle BUYER'S GUIDE
    Boxer Twins, Singles, K Series, Military and Rennsport Racers, 1923-current. Stefan Knittel Roland Slabon
    1990 ISBN 0-87938-404-2 Soft addition

    CLASSIC MOTORCYCLES BMW
    DON MORLEY & MICK WOOLLETT
    1992 ISBN 1 85532 275 7
    I have read and used all these books to help me understand and study BMW
    motorcycles.

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    Another One

    How to Restore Your BMW MOTORCYCLE
    TWINS 1950-1969 Roland Slabon
    Guide to Authenticity
    Encyclopedia of Original Parts
    Options, Serial Numbers, and More
    1994
    ISBN 0-87938-933-8

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