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Hi all,

I posted some questions about this in the "vintage" forum but am now finding out that the engine may be older than I thought.

The case has a BMW number of 769976. That appears to be outside the range of the R75WH, but I can't seem to find which model the number fits. I tried the search option on this site and it doesn't come up with an answer either.

Can anyone decode that serial number? The stamping does have the little BMW symbols on each side of the number, and there's a tiny logo with the German eagle holding a swastika. I'm assuming it's a military engine.

Thanks,
Nick

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http://www.bmw-r75-wh.eu/regi
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Red flag

I'd be very nervous about that "eagle". It was over used by a number of "sellers" to try to legitimize bad bikes.

If you can post a picture, someone may be able to verify its authenticity.

Paul

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Pictures

Paul,

Here are two pictures, one of the eagle (it's really tiny and hard to make out) and one of the serial number. I'm fairly certain they're authentic, but what I find strange is that the number doesn't seem to correspond to any of the R75 numbers.

Can anyone decode that number?

Nick

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There are some R75WH forums

There are some R75WH forums out there...mostly in German. Maybe you could find a way to post this information there. From the list of frame numbers on the left side of this screen, your number is higher than what is shown. It suggests to me that it might have been built, not by BMW, but by someone who took over the factory during or after the war. Sort of like the R35.

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Military Surplus?

Kurt,

I think you actually just solved this.

The engine came out of a Nardi-Danese racer, and to my knowledge it was never in a motorcycle. So, the engine was probably military surplus. In that case, would the numbers even be in the search database?

Nick

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As you say, Nick, it didn't

As you say, Nick, it didn't come out of an R75 so chances are it won't appear on a register these days. I assume most registers are of outfits/bikes that have surfaced. I have seen a picture of a flat twin very like an R75 unit but with "Nardi, Torino" stamped on it (go to the Etceterini site and look for the 1952 Nardi BMW #952/1 Ex Gatta, Samuelson Shea and Howard Banaszak picture - it's just over 1/2 way down).
Try contacting this guy http://www.cliffreuter.com/etceterinicontactme.htm - he's in the right field for your search.

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R73

As you know, CMR in France construct just after war the R73 model with R75 engine and R71 frame. Maybe it could help. I am trying to know more about the engines numbers (only 80 built by this way). Also, BMW made the same engine in the "BMW 700" cars which participate to races after war.
Some articles if necessary :
http://www.moto-histo.com/BmwR73/BmwR73.htm
http://bmwvmca.org/joomla/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=427&...
http://www.collectorcars.gr/classic-motorcycles/item/141-bmw-r73.html
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Etienne

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CMR R73

bonjour,
avez-vous des infos sur les n°s de moteurs des 80 CMR R73 fabriquées en 1945?
bàv
DH

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Hi, does anyone has

Hi,
does anyone has information about the engine/frame numbers used on the 80 CMR R73 that were made in 1945 by CMR?
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DH

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R75 Luftwaffe motor

Hi,

This motor was issued to the Luftwaffe as denoted by the (original) Waffenampt stamp near the engine number.

The list I refer to shows R75 engines starting at 750001 and going to "768000 and above" - perhaps record keeping wasnt first on the minds of the German war machine at the end...

That said, It would say it was in a very late R75, and maybe not for long - but it was built as a bike and issued to the Luftwaffe.

Jeff

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