2016 represents an important milestone for the BMW Group as it marks its 100th Anniversary, and the celebrations begin at Techno Classica, the largest vintage motorsports exhibition in the world, April 6-10, 2016. In addition to numerous automobiles, engines, and even an airplane, BMW will be displaying examples of rare and not-so-rare motorcycles, such as a 1950s-era R 67/2 that was prepared for the International Six Days Trials. (If you think riding a modern enduro motorcycle in the ISDE is tough, Google “R67/2 six days.”) The R 67 was BMW’s first 600cc model, and was originally intended for sidecar-pulling duty. The R 67/2 variant was more powerful and featured updated aluminum-alloy hubs and wheel rims. In 1953, three out of the five men on the West German Trophy Team rode the R 67/2, with two of them winning FIM Gold Medals and the team itself placing third overall.
Also on display will be an example of the first BMW “GS” model, and as the first large-displacement dual-sport bike ever made, the genesis of the adventure bike: the R 80 G/S. The R 80 G/S (G for Gelände, “off-road,” and S for Strasse, “street,” in German) featured an 800cc flat-twin, or “boxer,” engine and a newly designed single-sided swingarm/driveshaft combination with a single shock absorber. The R 80 G/S was another successful competitor in the International Six Days Trial, as well as winning the Paris-Dakar Rally four times in the 1980s.
We are certain BMW is planning numerous 100th Anniversary celebrations throughout the year, but if you’d like to go and you have the means to do so, the 2016 Techno Classica takes place April 6-10, in Essen, Germany. More information can be found at siha.de.