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BMW plant builds two millionth bike

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The two millionth motorcycle has rolled out of BMW's factory in Berlin-Spandau more than 40 years after bike production began at the site.

BMW Motorrad celebrated the milestone with a ceremony attended by Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit and legendary streetbike freestyle rider Christian Pfeiffer.

Pfeiffer rode the landmark vehicle, a special-edition R 1200 GS, in front of a group of assembled guests and workers at the factory where BMW has been manufacturing bikes since 1969.

He said: "I'm really proud to present the two millionth BMW motorcycle here today. I have a really busy schedule but this kind of thing doesn't happen every day so I really wanted to be here."

The unique BMW is to be raffled off for the "be Berlin" campaign, launched to attract more tourists to the city.

Pfeiffer topped off the celebration with special performance on his F800R stunt bike that ended with a burnout with his rear tyre rubber spelling out two million in figures on the tarmac.

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