The Amazing History of Supercharged Motorcycles: And What the Future Holds

Not that the supercharged motorcycle is anything new: BMW was force-feeding its boxers as early as 1925, and by the late `30s the 492 cc Type 255 was the fastest thing going. In 1936, Ernst Henne set a new land speed record of just over 169 mph on the autobahn between Frankfurt and Darmstadt. In roadracing trim, BMW said the Kompressor was good for 80 horsepower at 8000 rpm.