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Hans W Peters
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I have a 1937 R 5 that I am restoring. The bike currently has chrome rims. Most pictures of Bmws of that era are shown with painted rims. What is correct for this bike?

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I have looked through several

I have looked through several books and there do seem to be period photos of R5s with chrome rims - but also those with the black/silver painted rims. Even with period photos, it isn't necessarily clear whether the rims are replacements or not.

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AFAIK...

...1936 was typically equipped with chrome rims and mufflers, and 1937 with painted rims, but extra cost options such as chrome rims were available in 1937. Also, it may vary depending on if the bike were for export or domestic sale. Maybe the optional chrome rim have rim center painted in black? If you still have your original narrow rims, maybe you'll know what they were originally after removing the tube and tire? The rims are dated, and also the very early R5 rim takes a oversized tube valve and larger valve stem hole...but in 1937 I don't know if this is true anymore. Good luck with your wonderful machine....

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R 5 Rims

Thank you Darry. It's possible that the chrome rims were original
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R5 Rims

Dear Afaik, Thank you for your response. The engine numbers on the bike are 8925 and frame number
8995 so it may be a late 1936 or early 1937 bike so chrome rims could have been original.
I will remove tube and tire to see if I can identify a date.
Hans Peters

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..."AFAIK" means "as far as I

..."AFAIK" means "as far as I know" in modern computer speak. With respect to R5, one should always avoid being too dogmatic in one's opinions since the motorcycle was such a new development in BMW design as to be almost prototypic, and variations from the norm are common, I think? Also, I've only seen a total of about 5 R5 or so in my "career", and two of those are mine, so any opinion I may state here is largely conjectural. I do believe that you have a late 1936 production, and in 1937 the serial numbers start with 50xxxx. I suspect that your in Germany, and the VFV folks will have better information about details then most of us here?...

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BMW R5 info

I have a BMW R5 in my shop that is a 1936 #1,000 ever made. It is # 9001 .The BMW letter states it was delivered to the UK with Chrome wheels.

Mike

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