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1937 R5

This 1937 R5 is pretty much all there except for the headlight and mounting ears.

extra-wide sidecar rim

BMW offered an extra wide sidecar duty rim for use on the rear of the bike, and here's a photo of one. The tunnel down the middle looks very much like a normal rim except that there are more 'indents' then a stock rim. The 'flat' section of the rim is where you can really see a difference - at first glance it almost looks too big to be for a BMW.

extra-wide sidecar rim

The same sidecar width rim next to a standard rim.

Heinrich upper & lower fairing

One of my web page readers in Belgium is the lucky owner of this beautiful unrestored R50S. He was good enough to let me share a few photos with all of you. Of particular interest in these shots are the detailed views of the Heinrich aluminum upper and lower fairing, which are also still in original paint.

Heinrich upper & lower fairing

This is a great view of the backside details of the fairing. You can see where the upper fairing brackets mount to the handlebars. If you look at the right side of the lower fairing you can see the factory weld seam from the inside (but it's ground flush outside). There is also a leather fabric piece (not shown) that attaches to both fairings and seals the rider from the weather between the fairings.

Heinrich lower fairing

Your can really appreciate the beauty of the Heinrich lower fairing from this view. Simple yet elegant. Note too the filler panel (very often missing when you you find one of these for sale) that covers the gap between the frame downtubes. The grill area in the center lines up with the stock BMW horn position. You can just about see this grill installed in the previous photo. The mounting bracket for the grill rests on the ground next to it.

1928 R57

After 27 years collecting old BMWs, I finally found a twin from the 1920s for myself! Seen here is my 1928 R57 the day after it arrived at its new home. This bike survived WWII in Germany by being disassembled in the barn of the original owner. It was not reassembled again until 1971, when it was restored to the condition seen here. All serial numbers and tags match, and it runs well.  Even the tires are pre-war Continental balloon tires! The exhaust pipe tips are from an R11.

VDO 8 day clock

Not many people have seen a VDO 8 day motorcycle clock in person - or even in photos - so I thought you'd enjoy seeing one here. I searched for one of these for about 2 years, and just recently found one - of all places, at a Harley & Indian swap meet 40 miles from my house. The motorcycle version of the clock is mounted in a large rubber donut, and held in place by the outer container. They were made both with and without the reset-able third hand (in Red), which is controlled by the center knob.  The knob on the side is used for winding and setting the time. My clock is slated for my R68.

VDO rear view

Back side view of the same clock. You can see the very simple handlebar clamp setup that it came with. Bicycle VDO clocks are held on the same way, but they're not mounted in the rubber donut. Unlike their motorcycle speedometers, VDO didn't see fit to stamp information into the case - rather it's just stenciled on to the back of the clock (visible through the rectangular opening in the outer case).

VDO tach

Thanks to a friend - another very recent find - this full size tach, made by VDO for BMW. This tach is the same size as a motorcycle speedometer, and replaces the speedo in the headlight bucket. This gauge is also slated for my R68, and it's an accessory that I've lusted after for a long time.

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