When first released in 1977, BMW’s new R100RS caused a sensation. This elegant motorcycle sported a revolutionary wedge-shaped fairing that offered the rider near total enclosure for unparalleled comfort and protection. When fitted with optional saddlebags it sang the song of the open road that BMW riders cherished: long distances at high speeds with comfort and convenience.
The first modern motorcycle with a frame-mounted fairing, it was not only the most stunning BMW model, but with its new 980cc flat-twin motor, also the most powerful. Soon, a vast aftermarket sprang up around it with all sorts of updates for its suspension, handling, and power.
The R100RS had a charmed life of sorts. Once the K-series fourcylinder line was released in Europe in 1984, BMW discontinued the R100 series twins. Enthusiasts protested, pleaded, demanded, and BMW responded by re-releasing an updated R100 series, including the RS, in 1988.
Though the R100RS was last manufactured in 1993, it continues to live on as one of the most recognizable and ground-breaking motorcycles of our time.
The Whitehorse Press Motorcycle Collector Series covers landmark motorcycles—machines that have altered the direction of motorcycling and inspired loyalty among their owners.
Pages - 80
Illustrations - 100+
Format - 8.25 x 9 inches
Binding - Flexibound
Author - Bill Stermer
BMW R100RS: Motorcycle Collector Series by Bill Stermer