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Hello all. I am new to the forum and to antique bikes. My grandfather had a BMW bike just before he left Europe for Canada after WWII. Attached is a picture of him on it (with my mother as a baby).

I THINK it is either a 1928 or 1929 R52 or R62. Is there anyway that someone can confirm ?

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That's a really great

That's a really great photo!

Actually, I would say that it's a 1926 or 1927 R42 model. I base this on several things:

  • The front brake is very small, and an R42 has a 150mm brake, vs. the 200mm brake on an R52/62.
  • The "tea cup" style headlight was changed to a "drum" style headlight on the later R42s and subsequent models only had this type
  • Just under your mom's shoe, I think I can see the cast aluminum covers that surrounded the valve train on the R42. On later models, the valve train was entirely inside the cast iron cylinders.

If your photo has enough detail, try counting the number of leaves in the front leaf spring (just below the headlight). An R42 would have 5, an R52/62 would have 6.

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Thanks very much for the

Thanks very much for the insight Darryl !

I will start looking around at R42 info. It would be a dream come true and a real sentimental victory to one day find/own one....or better yet, restore one.

All the best,

Scott

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BMW made 7,000 R42s, so there

BMW made 7,000 R42s, so there are still some around. You will not find them for cheap, however. And riding one of these bikes is very different from riding a modern bike. It's true that the clutch and front brake levers are in the same place, but they pivot in an inverted fashion (though I notice that all the hand controls were changed out on your Opa's bike).

More technical details are available on our BMW Models page for the R42.

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Many thanks again Darryl. I

Many thanks again Darryl. I will certainly have something to keep my eyes open for now. Is it realistic to think that more of these might still exist in Europe (German) than elsewhere ? With family over there still perhaps they could always keep an eye open too.

Best,
Scott

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I would expect that you'd

I would expect that you'd have a lot more success hunting an R42 in Germany than here. These bikes were never officially imported to the US, so the ones that are here were brought by individuals from over there. It's my own story in buying an R52 in Germany and then bringing it over here.

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If you're in Germany, this

If you're in Germany, this might be something worth considering. Veterama is held twice a year; the second one is coming up in October.

http://www.vintagebmw.org/v7/node/9771

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Koni has one he has just

Koni has one he has just finished.

http://www.ebay.de/itm/BMW-R42-/321285214535?pt=Motorr%C3%A4der&hash=ite...

Koni sold me an R52, that was excellent in every way.

Paul M

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Is that Koni also, Paul? I

Is that Koni also, Paul? I thought his ebay name was Oldtimer-Koni. I've bought parts from him but not a whole bike.

That's a pretty good looking bike, and the buy-it-now price is not crazy high, I think.

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