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BMW Motorcycles Company History

BMW company started in the early 1900's as two separate companies.  BMW itself is a german company and the letters BMW stand for Bayerische Motoren Werke.  One person who started the company was named Gustav Otto.  His company was named  Flugzenmaschinenfabrik (Airplane Factory) and was located in Munich Germany. 

In 1916, Otto's company merged with Karl Rapp's Flugwerke Deutschland.  The newly formed company was named Bayerische Flugzeugwerke (Bavarian Airplane Works). The company first started in the development and production of airplane engines for the German Air Force.

BMW motorcycles survived through the depression years and wars.  Motorcycles were considered essential means of transportation.  Two world wars helped increase orders for motorcycles by large countries.  Once the war was over, postwar Germany had many restrictions placed upon it.  Once these restrictions were removed, BMW prospered but their financial gains were not much when the 1950's hit.

While motorcycles were not doing so well, BMW focused on automobiles production and sales.  The motorcycle division would soon rebound and flourish again in the late 1960's and early 1970's.  Today BMW is a world leader in the production of automobiles and motorcycles.

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