Friday, November 07, 2008

BMW's Vintage Motorrader Posters

While I had looked at them briefly before I got Brigitta, my 1987 R80 Airhead, I'd never really appreciated the look and style of the vintage posters put out by BMW extolling the virtues of their motorcycles.

The graphics of the day were limited and photography was not what it is today. The graphic artists of the day were not aided by computers and their special effects of today. In a way, that makes their product that much better in my eyes. See what you think, in no particular order, the results of searching on Google Images:







Riding gear sure has changed since then!





So that's what the well-dressed girl of yesterday wore when going sidecar riding!


I am so glad helmets have progressed since the above model!



A bit Teutonic in their demeanors but after all it is a German company!



A precusor of today's ads with scantily-clad girls draped over modern motorcycles

A copy of this hangs in my own garage


Hope you enjoyed the fruits of my searching on Google. I am sure the graphic artists engaged to show off Ducatis and Nortons were just as talented, all you have to do is your own searching, I am after all Beemer-biased on this blog.

3 comments:

Jeffry said...

The posters are classic.

Jack Riepe said...

Dear Charlie6 (Dom):

These posters and ads harken back to a simpler day, when you did not have to have a degree from MIT (which you probably have) to work on them. I especially like the last one, and the one with the blonde draped over the saddle.

Thank you for posting these.

Fondest regards,
Jack
Twisted Roads

Charlie6 said...

yes, airheads sure are easier to work on than the oilheads and latter motorcycles from BMw....no degree from MIT by the way, not needed for this stuff. : )