August 19, 2011
Although this BMW is more than 70 years old, it could pass for a contemporary concept. Master engineer Alfred Böning designed one of the most visually arresting motorcycles ever built, one that was equally advanced mechanically.
The R7 featured enclosed bodywork, a pressed-steel frame and telescopic forks — a first for motorcycles. The 800-cc boxer engine, mated to a four-speed transmission, produced 35 horsepower and a top speed of 90 mph. The cylinders and cylinder heads were a single component, with hemispherical combustion chambers.
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