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The first BMW motorcycle the R 32 is a big surprise. BMW, a company rooted in the production of aircraft engines, was not even two years old when the Peace Treaty of Versailles banned the production of aircraft engines in Germany in June 1919. The company was no longer permitted to produce its six-cylinder, 226 bhp, 19-litre engines and was restricted in 1920 to producing 500cc power units developing 6.5 bhp. The horizontally-opposed cylinder layout became known as a Boxer and was supplied to motorcycle manufacturer, Victoria, in Nuremberg in 1921 and Bayerische Flugzeug Werke, who fitted the BMW engine and transmission into their Helios model. More BMW Motorcycle History | BMW K Series History

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1928 BMW R-42 1928 BMW R-42
1934 BMW R2 BMW R2

This was the first BMW to feature a single cylinder engine, establishing a tradition that would last until 1967 of there being at least one overhead valve single in the BMW range.
The new model incorporated features found on the twins, including unit construction for the engine and three speed gearbox and shaft drive. A pressed steel duplex frame equipped with pressed steel forks was employed again reflecting the larger machines. Developing 6 bhp the new model would remain in production until 1936 and formed the basis for later, larger displacement singles.

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1935 BMW R35, 250cc 1935 BMW R35, 250cc BMW R35 gallery
1936 BMW R12 1936 BMW R12
1937 BMW R6 1937 BMW R6
1938 BMW R12 sidecar 1938 BMW R12 sidecar 750cc
1938 BMW R71, 750cc 1938 BMW R71, 750cc
1938 BMW R23 1938 BMW R23
1939 BMW R51 1939 BMW R51
1941 BMW R71 1941 BMW R71  
1943 BMW R75 1943 BMW R75 German war motorcycle sidecar WWII.

BMW were already producing a number of popular and highly effective motorcycles, and developed the R75 in response to a request from the German army for a machine more capable in off-road conditions. BMW developed a technically advanced machine in which the third side-car wheel was driven from an axle connected to the rear wheel of the motorcycle, effectively making it a three-wheeled vehicle. Fitted with a locking differential and selectable road and off-road gear ratios the R75 was highly manoeuvrable and capable of negotiating most surfaces. It was even fitted with a reverse gear.

1943 BMW R75 1943 BMW R75  
1951 BMW R67
BMW R67

BMW introduced a single cylinder 250cc machine, the R24 in 1948 and followed it with an over head valve, horizontally opposed twin displacing 500cc in 1950, typed the R51. The new machine featured plunger rear suspension and telescopic front forks and was followed in 1951 by a visually identical model displacing 594cc typed the R67. The enlarged model produced a claimed 26bhp at 5,500 rpm compared to the smaller machines 24bhp at 5,800 rpm resulting in an increased top speed from 87 mph to 93mph and would remain in production until 1956, undergoing two revisions during that time.

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1951 BMW R67 R67
1953 BMW R68 1953 BMW R68
1954 BMW R51/3, 600cc 1954 BMW R51/3, 600cc
1954 BMW R51/3 1954 BMW R51/3 500cc.
1954 BMW Rennsport 1954 BMW Rennsport
1955 BMW R25/3 1955 BMW R25/3 Single Cylinder. BMW R25 gallery
1955 BMW R50 1955 BMW R50 BMW R50 gallery
1956 BMW R26 BMW R26

250cc.

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BMW R26 Gallery

1960 BMW R60 US 1960 BMW R60 US 600cc. BMW R60 gallery
1961 BMW R27 1961 BMW R27 The R27 was the last of the 250cc singles made by BMW, and is widely held as the best of them all. It had the most power, and the engine and drive train was, for the first time, suspended on rubber mounts! Making the ride much smoother than the previous R26.
1965 BMW R69S, 594cc 1965 BMW R69S, 594cc BMW R69 gallery
1966 BMW R27 1966 BMW R27

250cc. This bike was sold new by Roman Cycle Shop, Inc. on May 10th, 1966 and purchased back off the original buyer in 1969 with 102 actual miles. This is a like new 41 year old bike complete with tool kit, tire repair kit, owners manual, BMW shop rag, and a copy of the original bill of sale.

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1967 BMW R69 BMW R69  
1969 BMW 600 1969 BMW 600 With Earls forks and all aluminium Stoyer sidecar.
1973 BMW R90/6 1973 BMW R90/6 899cc, 44 Kw. BMW R90 gallery
1974 BMW Model R75/5 1974 BMW Model R75/5 BMW R75 gallery
1976 BMW R900/6 1976 BMW R900/6
1977 BMW R100/7, 1000cc 1977 BMW R100/7, 1000cc
1977 BMW R100S BMW R100S BMW R100S road test
1977 BMW R75/7 BMW R75/7 BMW R75/7 road test
BMW 100RS BMW R100RS
  • Engine - 990cc, air-oil cooled Boxer twin
  • Top Speed - 125mph (201kph)
  • Launched - 1977-1985
  • Maximum Power - 75bhp
  • BMW R100RS gallery

    1978 BMW R80/7, 800cc 1978 BMW R80/7, 800cc BMW R80 gallery
    1979 BMW R100 RT 1979 BMW R100 RT

    998cc

    BMW R100RT Gallery

    1980 BMW R45 BMW R45

    475cc.

    BMW R45 Gallery

    BMW R65 BMW R65
  • Engine - 649cc, 4-stroke F-twin
  • Top Speed - 110mph
  • Dry Weight - 182kg (400lb)
  • Launched - 1979-1988
  • Maximum Power - 50bhp
  • Fuel Consumption - 50mpg
  • BMW R65 gallery

    1980 BMW R100 BMW R100
    • Four stroke, two cylinder horizontally opposed Boxer air-cooled, 2 valves per cylinder
    • 198kg
    • 5 speed
    • 66bhp @ 7000rpm

    BMW R100 Gallery

    1980 BMW R100S 1980 BMW R100S The bike is standard apart from progressive front fork springs and a floating rear brake disc.
    1983 BMW K100 1983 BMW K100 BMW K100 Gallery
    1983 BMW K 100RT 1983 BMW K 100RT
    • Four-stroke, horizontal in line four cylinder, liquid cooled, DOHC, 2 valves per cylinder
    • 246kg
    • 214kmh
    • 5 speed
    • 90bhp @ 8000rpm
    1984 BMW 650 RT BMW 650 RT  
    1984 BMW K100RS 1984 BMW K100RS BMW K100RS gallery
    1985 BMW K Series RS1000 1985 BMW K Series RS1000  
    1986 BMW K75C BMW K75C 750cc. BMW K75 gallery
    1987 BMW K100 RS 1987 BMW K100RS Image kindly provided by Paul Close, www.paul-close.com.
    1988 BMW K100 RT 1988 BMW K100 RT  
    1988 BMW K100 LT BMW K100 LT

    980cc.

    BMW K 100LT Gallery

    BMW K1 BMW K1 BMW K1 Gallery
    BMW Sidecar Outfit
    BMW Sidecar Outfit

    With the banning of superchargers BMW's horizontally opposed twin cylinder engine struggled to make an impact in solo road racing, although it would meet with considerable success in long distance, endurance based events. However, the design characteristics that hampered its employment in solo competition proved to be an advantage when installed in a combination, particularly so with the appearance of the "kneeler" style chassis. The horizontal cylinders ensured good cooling for the engine and also contributed to keeping the overall height of the engine to a minimum. This enabled the power unit to be mounted in the lowest possible position, to the benefit of the centre of gravity and when employed in a kneeler chassis, ensured that the machines overall height was kept to a minimum. The shaft drive and bevel gear final drive box could deal reliably with the engines high torque output, enabling it to be exploited to the full by the driver, whilst the handling quirks that afflicted solo shaft driven machines were negated by the third wheel.


    From 1954 to 1974 BMW powered combinations secured the World Championship 19 times. A consequence of this success at the highest level was that BMW powered outfits began to appear in national and club level races. Powered by the reliable overhead valve road engines instead of the exotic twin overhead cam units employed by the factory supported riders at international level. This example of an overhead valve powered machine benefits from a Rennsport transmission and is housed in a chassis that reflects the designs of those built by Dieter Busch. It is attractively presented in white and black.

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