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#607118 - 06/09/10 02:37 AM The REAL origins of the BMW Logo  
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For years, I understood that the BMW logo evolved from the original BMW airplane motor, and that the blue & white cross was the aircraft propellers. WRONG...

I just saw this from the BMW archives on YouTube. Pretty interesting, and a must know tidbit for all BMW owners.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znBnNJ1Fv08

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#607146 - 06/09/10 04:07 AM Re: The REAL origins of the BMW Logo [Re: BostonBagger]  
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And since you own a Harley, what of that logo?

I hear tell that they originally owned it, sold it, and had to buy it back.

Can you verify this?

Sorry for the hijack.

MB>


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#607164 - 06/09/10 06:35 AM Re: The REAL origins of the BMW Logo [Re: mbelectric]  
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Bagger... Where have you been?

You teased us with backlit roundels and then mysteriously disappeared.

What happened?

Linz smile


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#607203 - 06/09/10 12:34 PM Re: The REAL origins of the BMW Logo [Re: BostonBagger]  
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Actually, there is probably more specific info than "They chose the colors of the Bavaian flag".

The blue and white pattern of the emblem is very much like the flag in certain designs.

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#607287 - 06/09/10 04:47 PM Re: The REAL origins of the BMW Logo [Re: BostonBagger]  
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And here I always thought it represented the revolving door at my bank. rofl

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#607291 - 06/09/10 05:00 PM Re: The REAL origins of the BMW Logo [Re: tallman]  
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For me this did not explain much. It really does not explain the quadrants of blue and white in the triangular pattern. I still see the prop idea being reasonable even though they don't admit it.


Dave Farrow

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#607366 - 06/09/10 09:14 PM Re: The REAL origins of the BMW Logo [Re: AZKomet]  
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Dave,
Long article in magazine(s) past years, maybe MOA, don't recall.
Logo used since X date and it had links to the Bavarian flag design and the logo.
Predates any prop reference which was taken to be gospel by many.
Prop makes a better story.
Best wishes.


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Tim
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1972 R 75
1968 R 50
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#607379 - 06/09/10 09:43 PM Re: The REAL origins of the BMW Logo [Re: tallman]  
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I always thought it was the propellers! This review by Muzzy337 in the video link was funny.

Originally Posted By: Muzzy337
Your motorcycle design engineers are AUTISTIC. The K bikes having the spin-on oil filter INSIDE the crankcase is one of the STUPIDEST DESIGN F***-UPS of all time. EPIC FAIL. Who designed that one- RainMan? Worse- who was the a**hole manager who actually signed off on the design? Have you ever tried to change the oil filter on your product? Duh. You f***ing idiots should start selling shoes instead of designing garbage.


I have to say there is an element of truth in it.


-Avi
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#607388 - 06/09/10 10:21 PM Re: The REAL origins of the BMW Logo [Re: tallman]  
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I had only heard the prop story....alas, my bubble is burst!!!!!!!!!!


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#607417 - 06/09/10 11:51 PM Re: The REAL origins of the BMW Logo [Re: AZKomet]  
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So... this is the official story. At least until the NEXT official story comes out.


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