BMW motorcycle rental

Through Motoshare's rental service, you can rent a huge range of BMW motorcycles from private owners and/or dealers throughout the Netherlands. From the iconic BMW GS 1200, R Nine T or RT to a C Evolution of caferacer, we rent it out! You can easily see the availability and reserve your favorite BMW online. Only through MotoShare you pay no deposit in advance and you have standard our attractive rental conditions with lots of free kilometers. So make a choice and book a nice trip.

History of BMW motorcycles

In 1920 the Bayerische Flugzeugwerke (later the Bayerische Motor Werke) built and 143 cc two-stroke engine (the Bayern engine) which was built transversely into a motorcycle in 1923. This solved the problem that the rear cylinder was not adequately cooled by the wind in a straight position. This arrangement with a transverse, air-cooled twin cylinder and a drive shaft to the rear wheel is still used today. During the Second World War, BMW got busy. Thousands of R75 Wehermachtsgespanne and R35 type engines were produced for the German army.

In the 1970s, competition from Japanese motorcycles came to Europe and BMW began to pay more attention to the appearance of its motorcycles. The R 100 RS, released in 1976, had a streamlined fairing and hit like a bomb. BMW's first all-road motorcycle was the R 80 G/S, which appeared in 1980. This motorcycle would become the basis of the R 1200 G/S, the best selling motorcycle in Holland at this time.

GS 1200, the best-selling motorcycle in the Netherlands

Since the 1980s, the BMW GS has been the benchmark of what a motorcycle should be in the all-road segment. The models went from the R 80 GS, to GS 1100, GS 1150, GS 1200 to the GS 1250. For a long time, the GS 1200 was the best-selling motorcycle in the Netherlands.

Every GS model consists of a normal and an adventure version. Do not underestimate the differences. The GS Adventure has many other parts, but the biggest differences are the suspension, height and the petrol tank.

The models under the GS series also do well, such as the F 800 GS.

Why Drive BMW?

If you ask BMW drivers why they have chosen this brand you will get different responses. We list the most frequently mentioned reasons:


A BMW motorcycle is known for the quality of construction and the engine. So you regularly see older BMWs with high mileage for sale at a price where you can buy a new Japanese for.


BMW is consistent in the design of their models. It gives the owner a sense of confidence that their motorcycle will not come across as dated after a short time.


The seating position on a BMW is ideal for many motorcyclists. You sit upright on many models so that you have an excellent view of the road and, even after a long ride, no pain in your back.


The twin-cylinder boxer engine has proved to be a very reliable power source in many tests. The chance that you'll end up with a breakdown with a BMW is simply small.


Once you've driven a BMW you'll never want to do anything else. That's why many BMW drivers remain loyal to their brand.

Why BMW motorcycles are so beloved

BMW makes the best-selling motorcycles in Europe. You may wonder why they are such sought after motorcycles. There are three reasons why so many people love to ride a BMW.

1. Technology of BMW

BMW motorcycles are not driven by a chain, but by a cardan shaft. This is a shaft that connects the gearbox to the rear wheel. With a propeller shaft, you have slightly less power as a motorcyclist, but you don't have to replace or lubricate the chain! In addition, BMW became famous for its two-cylinder boxer engine. The name ''boxer'' was given to the engine because - if you look at the engine from the top - the cylinders resemble the fists of a boxer. Boxer engines are known to be less stressed and therefore last much longer.

2. BMW handling and seating position.

Because of the boxer engine's construction, the bike's center of gravity is lower. This makes it more stable on the road. BMW motorcycles also have a relatively high weight of their own, so the weight of any luggage or a pillion passenger have little effect on the BMW's handling. Add to that the fact that the construction of the various BMW models ensures that you have an upright sitting position. Especially in combination with a full fairing, this ensures that even after a long ride on your BMW, you hardly get off the bike tired.

3. Image of BMW

BMW riders are often motorcyclists who value solidity, comfort and reliability. BMW motorcycles have had that image for decades. Nevertheless, with the heavy off-road machines such as the R1200 GS, the brand has also succeeded in binding a younger target group to itself. This is even the best-selling motorcycle in the Netherlands.

The most popular BMW models

In 1923, the first BMW motorcycle was built. This was the R 32 and this engine had roughly the same construction as that used by BMW to this day: a longitudinally positioned, air-cooled two-cylinder boxer engine with a drive shaft to the rear wheel. Meanwhile, almost 100 years on, more than 100,000 motorcycles are built at BMW Motorrad every year.

In the past 94 years, BMW has brought more than 300 (!) different models to the market. From the R75 Wehrmachtsgespanne from the war years, the single-cylinders from the 50s, the R 80 G/S from the 80s with the first single-sided (Monolever) rear suspension and the first successful allroad, to the recently released HP4 race, of which only 750 are made.

BMW builds reliable motorcycles. They are bikes that last a long time because of their build quality and technology used. It is not unusual for a BMW motorcycle of 30 years old still to be used daily for commuting or to have more than 200,000 kilometers on the clock. From the huge model range, we have selected the three most well-known and popular models

K series

BMW is known for its two-cylinder boxer engines. However, in 1983 they deviated from this with the arrival of the three- and four-cylinder K models. The K75 and K100 series could compete better with other brands with their double overhead camshafts, fuel injection systems and lighter frames. In addition, the models met the and also the increasingly stringent environmental requirements.

R Series

The R 1100 series is a series of twin-cylinder boxer engines that BMW built from 1992 onwards because dealers and customers wanted the heavy twin-cylinder models from BMW. This was a revolutionary model series. With this series, BMW introduced a new front suspension (telelever). Also the whole frame construction, or rather the lack of a frame, was unique in the motorcycle world. Engine and gearbox together formed the supporting part, supplemented by some sub-frames so that saddle, tank and rear suspension could be attached.

GS series

In 2005, BMW introduced the 1200 GS to the market. It would become the icon among adventure bikes. The robust, reliable and powerful allroad is still a sales hit around the world today. In May 2011, the 2,000,000th BMW was produced, an R 1200 GS.

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