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1923-1925 BMW R32
500cc Side Valve Twin, 8.5 HP

The very first BMW motorcycle!

An R32 sold in 2009 in Munich for $168,000.

A 1925 R32 sold recently in the U.S. for $169,000

1934 BMW R7
793cc OHV Twin, 35 HP

A priceless one-off Art Deco motorcycle!

Motorcycle engineer, Alfred Boning, created the BMW R7 in 1934 as a prototype. Before World War II, the bike was put aside due to its heaviness and high production cost. In 2005 it was discovered in a box in the BMW Museum, restored back to its former glory by BMW and is now in working order.

1948-1950 BMW R24
250cc OHV Single, 12 HP

The first postwar BMW motorcycle. Note that it has no rear suspension. The 250cc 1948 R24 single was BMW's first postwar motorcycle, and the only postwar BMW motorcycle without a rear suspension. It was, in essence, a copy of the prewar 1938 R23

1950-1951 BMW R51/2
500cc OHV Twin, 24 HP

The 494cc BMW R51/2 was the first boxer engine motorcycle produced by BMW after World War II. Five thousand were manufactured from 1950 into 1951.

1954 BMW R25/3
250cc OHV Single, 13 HP

The 1951 R25 was the first postwar single-cylinder
BMW motorcycle with a rear suspension. The bike to the left is a 1954 R25/3. With the 1953-to-1956 R25/3, BMW updated the 250cc OHV single with a new hydraulic fork, a gas tank that was flatter and longer, with the tool box moved to the side, and different wheels and hubs. Rims were changed from steel to alloy, and shrank to 18” from 19”. Engine configuration specifications changed slightly. The compression ratio went from 6.5:1 to 7.0:1, and power was increased from 12 HP to 13 HP.

1951-1955 BMW R51/3
500cc OHV Twin, 24 HP

1954 model restored by Tim Stafford.

Note the chromed exposed drive shaft, the plunger rear suspension, and the billowing front fender.

An R51/3 sold in 2008 in Las Vegas for $20,500.

1955-1956 BMW R67/3
600cc OHV Twin, 28 HP

1955 model restored by Todd Rasmussen.

The R67 was the first postwar 600cc BMW motorcycle. The R67/3 was built for a brief period and the R67/2 was built in quantity from 1952 through 1954. The R67/3 is the rarest postwar BMW motorcycle. Only 700 were produced in 1955 and 1956, overlapping for two years the introduction of the Earles-fork and swing-arm equipped "slash-2" models.

1952-1954 BMW R68
600cc OHV Sport Twin, 35 HP

1954 model restored by Tim Stafford.

The first 100 MPH BMW motorcycle. In the world of BMW motorcycle enthusiasts, there are just a handful of models that live at the pinnacle of desirability. The R68 is the most coveted postwar BMW.

This R68 sold in 2017 on eBay for over $70,000. Prices for perfectly restored models likely will go higher.

1961-1967 BMW R27
250cc OHV Single, 18 HP

The last BMW shaft-drive
single-cylinder motorcycle.

This is a 1964 model.

1961-1969 BMW R50/2
500cc OHV Twin, 26 HP, est. 17 lb-ft Torque

A specially ordered original color.

1961-1969 BMW R60/2
600cc OHV Twin, Granada Red
30 HP, est. 20 lb-ft Torque

1967 model restored by Tim Stafford.

1968-1969 BMW 60US
600cc OHV Twin, Dover White,
30 HP, est. 20 lb-ft Torque

1968 model owned by famed “Pop Dreyer” and in original condition. The “US” model, sold only in the U.S., came with telescopic forks, which were then used starting in 1970 on the slash-5 BMWs.

1961-1969 BMW R69S
600cc OHV Sport Twin, Dover White, 42 HP, 32 lb-ft Torque

1967 model restored by Tim Stafford.

The “hot” BMW motorcycle of the 1960s was the 600cc, high-compression (9.5:1) R69S. With 42 horsepower DIN (46 HP SAE), the R69S has 40% more horsepower than the R60/2 and 62% more power than an R50/2, and had a top speed of 109 MPH.

1968-1969 BMW R69US
600cc OHV Sport Twin,
42 HP, 32 lb-ft Torque

1969 model refurbished by Kevin Brooks.

1970-73 BMW 75/5, 750cc OHV Sport Twin, “Toaster Tank,” 50 HP, 43 lb-ft Torque

1973½ model in original, unrestored condition.

For the 1970 model year, BMW entered the age of modern motorcycles with three new models having engine capacities of 500cc (R50/5), 600cc (R60/5), and at the top of the line 750cc (R75/5). It stopped production of the last “Slash-2” models, with their Earles forks, kick starters, 6-volt electrical systems, inadequate brakes, and frames that descended from prewar BMWs (but bikes that still evoke nostalgic passion in some of us). The new, “Slash-5” series of BMWs offered 12 volts, electrical starters(!) as well as the retained kick starter, telescopic forks, and improved brakes. It also introduced nonmetallic fenders and taillight housings for the first time.

1986-1996 BMW R100GS
980cc OHV Dual Sport Twin,
60 HP, 56 lb-ft Torque

The 980cc BMW R100GS replaced the R80G/S in 1987 and was produced until model year 1994. The newer GS motorcycles came with a rear paralever swingarm, stainless-steel exhaust, oil cooler, and cross-spoked tubless tires. The R100GS weighed 426 pounds without fuel. and 462 pounds with a full tank.

1988 model refurbished by Iron Horse Motorcycles, Tucson, Arizona.

1996-2001 BMW R1100RT
1100cc Sport-Touring Twin, 90 HP, 68.7 lb-ft Torque

BMW Motorrad began manufacturing "RT" (Reise-Tourer, or "travel tourer") touring motorcycle models in 1978. The first of these were "airhead" R100RT models that continued BMW's long tradition dating to 1923 of producing "boxer" or opposed-twin engined motorcycles with unit engine-transmission construction and shaft final drive. In 1995 BMW produced its first "oilhead" RT, the R1100RT. The new machine included oil-cooling, standard ABS brakes, four-valve heads, 5 speed gearbox, Telelever front suspension, Paralever rear suspension, and an electrically adjustable windshield. With 90 HP and 69 ft-lb of torque, the R1100RT was capable of 122 MPH.

2002-2004 BMW R1150RT
1130cc Sport-Touring Twin, 95 HP, 72 lb-ft Torque

On the R1150RT two-pound lighter five-spoke wheels replace the original three-spoke cast wheels. The clutch is hydraulic. The headlight design is new for BMW. The R1150RT had the world’s first power-assisted brakes ever put on a motorcycle. When you activate these brakes, you stop — now! Moreover, they were fully integrated. Advanced ABS prevented the wheels from locking up. These brakes set a new standard far ahead of “normal” motorcycles, and they began to reduce injuries and save lives.For the 2004 model year (see photo left), BMW introduced on the R1150RT “Twin Spark” heads — two spark plugs per cylinder to eliminate surging some owners experienced and improve exhaust emissions. The R1100RT was capable of 123 MPH.

2005-2013 BMW R1200RT
1200cc Sport-Touring Twin, 110 HP, 85 lb-ft Torque

The R1200RT was the next iteration of BMW's renowned “RT” series of sport-touring motorcycles. With 110 hp (82 kW) and 85 ft-lb (115 N·m) of torque, ABS brakes, electrically adjustable windshield, heated grips, and cruise control, the R1200RT is suitable for long-distance touring carrying a rider and passenger and a full load of luggage. It is able to reach 135 mph (220 km/h) and do a standing quarter mile in 12.2 seconds.

2005 model in Piedmont red.

2017 model in "Alpinweiß."

2014 — 2018 BMW R1200RT WC
1200cc Sport-Touring Twin, 125 HP, 92 lb-ft Torque

In 2014, BMW introduced a completely new R1200RT with more power and a wet clutch.

In 2015 BMW introduced keyless ignition and the "San Marino blue" color Other colors came in 2016-2017.

2015 model in "San Marino blue."

All 2017 liquid-cooled boxer models were fitted with a judder (definition: an instance of rapid and forceful shaking and vibration) damper on the transmission output shaft. New features also included a revised selector drum actuator, transmission shafts, and transmission shaft bearing. In addition to these technical changes, the 2017 R1200RT was available with optional ABS Pro, which senses lean angle and adjusts intervention accordingly.

← 2018 model in "Mars red", a new color for 2018,
    with a dark slate metallic "nose"