Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Whitehorse Press is pleased to announce the re-release of Bill Stermer’s authoritative history of the BMW R100RS, one of the most elegant and still popular motorcycles ever made. This classic book, originally published in 2002, has been out of print for the last three years, but many requests from enthusiasts worldwide has prompted Whitehorse to issue this new edition to satisfy continuing demand for the book.

When the R100RS first came on the scene in 1977, it caused a complete sensation. Sporting a revolutionary wedge-shaped fairing that offered the rider near total enclosure, it provided unparalleled riding ease 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 street 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. When BMW’s K-series four-cylinder line was released in Europe in 1984, loyal enthusiasts protested the discontinuation of the R100 twins so loudly that BMW responded by re-releasing an updated R100 series, including the RS, in 1988.

By the time it had run its course in 1993, the RS was regarded as one of the most beautiful and functional motorcycles ever made. This book is the engaging story of where it came from, including an interview with designer Hans Muth, what it was like to ride, and what it meant to motorcycling, told well and with luscious full-color photographs.

Bill Stermer, popular moto-journalist has owned both versions of the R100RS and remains one of its most loyal fans. His insightful insider’s view of this storied machine shows why it continues to live on as one of the most recognizable and groundbreaking machines of our time.

Flexi Cover, 8.25 x 9 inches, 80 pages, 100+ color illustrations, $17.95. Copies are available at your local bookstore, motorcycle dealer, or directly from the publisher, Whitehorse Press, 107 East Conway Road, Center Conway, NH 03813-4012. Telephone toll-free 800-531-1133 or visit their web site at