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Hello there.

I recently picked up a R35 with a not so clear history. I thought I'd post here and see if you knowledgable folks could help educate me on this old girl. I've read whatever I could find on the history of this bike. Interesting history...I wasn't aware of the EMW/BMW history until purchasing this bike. So based on what I've read out there here is what I have learned thus far.

This R35 has no head badge but has a frame number of 308XXX which seems to put it at prewar although I can't seem to find what exact year that would match up to. I can make out the BMW roundel stamped at the beginning of the frame VIN but can't tell if there is one at the end of the VIN. I've yet to remove the paint there to see if I can more clearly make out the other roundel. It looks like there could be one there but can't tell for sure yet.

The engine has a VIN of 208XXX which from my reading clearly puts it as a EMW motor in the production year of 1949. I don't have a title but its registered as a 1948 BMW R35 with the 208XXX engine VIN.

I've also found a few posts that talk about the front brake plate being cast aluminum (BMW) vs stamped steel (EMW). I've also seen a few variations in pics on the net where some plates are embossed where as some are more flat like mine. Mine is definitely steel and very magnetic Smile.

So any thoughts on what I have here? Is it a legit prewar chassis with a later transplanted EMW motor? Maybe a falsified frame VIN to make it a more desirable prewar bike (although if someone was going to do that why not go all the way)?

I'll probably have lots more questions based on the responses but this should be a good start. Thanks!

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Well some parts are hard to

Well some parts are hard to see because the photos are so far away. First things first, post a photo of the frame on the left side where the cables go in and out . These photos are way to far away. post closer pics and lets see the frame number font.

I can tell you a few common mistake parts are correct for a real R35 like the flat front brake plate and not embossed like its EMW step brother.

Mike

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Thanks for the reply Mike.

Thanks for the reply Mike. Here are a few more detailed pics of the bike. Getting a good shot of the frame vin was tough as its very difficult to read in person. I did manage to get a decent shot of two of the numbers for font comparison.

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The frame number looks

The frame number looks correct, is that a P in front of the numbers? I cant tell? The frame looks original, now I can see the 3rd hole on the front left corner. The petcock or Fuel valve is Russian. post more pics.

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Thanks Mike. No I don't

Thanks Mike. No I don't think its a P. It appears to be a roundel, space then 6 numbers starting with a 30XXXX. I'll grab some more pics tonight. Thanks.

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The base of the cylinder

The base of the cylinder shows OZ74.

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What does that number imply?

What does that number imply?

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It indicates the octane of

It indicates the octane of gasoline that could be used in the engine during the war. Here's a post by Darryl that discusses this...it's also a thread by someone about an R35:

http://www.vintagebmw.org/v7/node/4781#comment-3890

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Hes already said the motor is

Hes already said the motor is stamped with a 2 which its post war.

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OK, maybe not "during the

OK, maybe not "during the war". But it should designate the fuel requirement...provided the piston matches the requirement.

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