Flash Back. BMW R32

This 1924 BMW R32 model is still extremely stylish, was equipped with a 486 cc side valve air cooled flat twin engine pushing this machine up to an impressive speed of 62 mph (100 km/h) thanks to a very light dry weight of 244 pounds (106 kg.) It was one of the first motorcycles to use a wet sump oiling system. Considered by collectors the most desirable BMW motorcycle model, an original restored R32 in good running condition can be negotiated at a price of $165,000.

12 Responses to “Flash Back. BMW R32”

  1. 1 Darin Maltsberger - Instructor @MTI Nov 12th, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Way cool! Thanks Cyril.

  2. 2 nicker Nov 12th, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    What?….. No electric-start….. No, anti-lock brakes…
    How did they ever survive?
    Or could it be we in the modern era simply aren’t as tough as as they were.


  3. 3 bajerry Nov 12th, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    We want more..Thanks Cyrl

  4. 4 Doc Robinson Nov 13th, 2010 at 7:26 am

    A magnificent machine that was first shown at the Paris Salon of 1923. The technological developments in this bike shaped BMW’s designs for decades to come. The top speed of a touch over 60mph is pretty impressive when we consider the engine produced a modest 8.5 horsepower. Also impressive is the fuel economy of around 80mpg. Not well illustrated in the photo, are the twin leaf spring front shocks, which are a thing of beauty in their own right.

  5. 5 John E Adams Nov 13th, 2010 at 8:10 am

    A magnificent machine from all perspectives – some beautiful lines!



  6. 6 Sam Nov 13th, 2010 at 8:53 am

    At least back then they were build by Germans instead of immigrants

  7. 7 martin Twofeather Nov 13th, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Great flash back and buildt to last..Thanks Cyril

  8. 8 fuji Nov 13th, 2010 at 3:22 pm


    Not sure I understand your statement.


    Just to put a light on your statement.

    When this motorcycle was built many of our factories in the USA employed many immigrants or direct descendents of immigrants.

    There were so many immigrants that Henry Fords English School taught the company’s immigrant workers how to speak English so production would not be slowed for lack of communication.

  9. 9 Otter Nov 15th, 2010 at 4:23 am

    That is just gorgeous…Does anyone know what the speed record was for motorcycles back then?

  10. 10 Fuzzy Nov 22nd, 2010 at 9:45 am

    German technology is standing the test of time. Beautiful old Beemer!! My ’56 R60 is kept in the house 🙂

  11. 11 peter N Dec 29th, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    The bike pictured is a 1925 model. The problem isnt how fast it will go but how quick will it stop. It is fitted with a wooden brake made from Mahogany so it doesnt stop too well but smells nice under heavy braking.

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