As part of their 90th anniversary, BMW Motorrad is celebrating with a swath of special models. We ‘ve already mentioned the upcoming “Boxer ” pre-production concept that is yet to be revealed, but BMW has unveiled three special editions of current models, each R 1200s: The GS Adventure, R and RT models. Each is intended to spotlight BMW ‘s place in the industry as a leader in key categories. If you ‘re going to ride a motorcycle around the world, you won ‘t do better than an R 1200 GS Adventure. That reputation has been earned, and the on-road-focused R-series BMW motorcycles (the R and RT) have earned their place as top performers in their own segments. These special editions seek to honor BMW ‘s rich history in motorcycling.
To this day, BMW Motorrad engineers work to develop two-wheel vehicles just as they did 90 years ago ‑ with a single aim: to constantly improve motorcycling ‑ and since more recently also urban mobility ‑ and above all make it safer. With its groundbreaking technical innovations, BMW Motorrad has set milestones in the history of motorcycle construction, including the introduction of the first ABS system almost 25 years ago, the presentation of the first telescopic fork in serial production motorcycles in 1935, introduction of the Telelever as a solution for front wheel suspension in 1993 and most recently the first semiactive suspension in a serial production motorcycle – Dynamic Damping Control DDC, as fitted in the supersports bike HP4 from the end of 2012.
But nine decades of BMW Motorrad also reflect a tradition of well-established values and technologies. To this day, most BMW motorcycles still feature the maintenance-free shaft drive to the rear wheel for example. And contrary to short-lived, supposedly fashionable trends, solid and innovative technology made by BMW Motorrad ‑ without short-term changes in concept ‑ has enjoyed a constant growth in popularity among motorcycling enthusiasts for many years.[Source: BMW]