BMW Motorcycles of the Century Book ReviewIf you have a fondness for older BMW motorcycles, or, more importantly, you are considering the purchase of a pre-2000 model, the new book “BMW Motorcycles of the Century: Guide to Models 1923-2000” may come in handy.
The authors, BMW esperti Claudio Somazzi and Massimo Bonsignori, have crafted an attractive 270-page coffee table-worthy, English language follow-up to their “BMW Passione d’altri tempi,” which was published over a decade ago for the Italian market.Contained within is much history, many beautiful photographs, and a chronological listing of, near as I can tell, all models from 1923 up until 2000.Somazzi and Bonsignori have tapped into their own and many other archives to assemble the contents – and it is obviously a labor of love.Of special interest is that the authors describe each motorcycle, give their insight as to why the model may be an eligible collectible, major specifications, production year ranges, serial number ranges, number of units manufactured, spare parts availability, a value scale and a price estimate.Many entries include a section entitled “Collector’s Corner,” where relative collectible merits and demerits are discussed and worthiness analyzed.If you are considering the acquisition of a pre-2000 BMW, this volume may help you determine where to focus your energies in the face of so many great prospects.
This Podcast is also brought to you by the new modular helmet from Schuberth, the C5. The C5 blends safety with light weight and amazing quietness. Visit Schuberth.com for more information.
This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
So on that note, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!