August 19, 2011

1934 BMW R7

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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comments

  1. Casey Cichowicz on August 19th, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Oh, very nice. I also liked the customized Honda. I think if I get a bike, it should look like the kind of bike that would have the license on the fender. What would Tintin drive?

  2. Deron Bauman on August 19th, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Yes, Casey, I like that Honda as well. I even like some of the low slung ones. Bugatti makes a contemporary version of the old-timey bikes, and I’ve seen a few around the neighborhood.