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BMW R42 (1926)

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Make: BMW

Type: R42

Year: 1926

CC: 500

Cylinder: 1

Description

BMW 1926 R 42 494 cc side valve transverse twin frame#11943 engine# 41777

The first BMW, the 500 cc side valve R 32, was marketed in 1923. 3100 machines were built. Two years later an OHV version was brought out, the R 37. This machine had the smallest production run of all commercially produced models in the company?s motorcycling history: only 175 were produced. In 1926 the R 42 saw the light: it was based on the R 32 but some modifications had made it faster and more practical: the brakes were improved and the engine got light alloy removable cylinder head. Power was still modest at 12 HP @ 3400 RPM. The machine was relatively light with 126 KG and the maximum speed was about 95 Km/h. The R 42 had a production run of three years and some 6900 machines were built.









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