A masterpiece back to life: 1934 BMW R7

April 2, 2009 at 6:47 am (Vintage Motorcycles) (, , , )

I came across this marvelous motorcycle, from which I fell in love with. I’ve never seen the design before, neither the name. I couldn’t hold myself and started searching through different web sites until I found the story of this motorcycle.

It happens to be a 1934 design, with great engineer ideas. Due to the arrival of world war 2, it was put in a box and sealed until 2005, when it was re-discovered when the same box was opened. Its condition was not good at all. It was 70% complete since some of the original pieces were taken from it and used on other projects. Rust had made its way too, and made a great damage to some pieces. The battery which was also completely useless, contributed to the rust damage. The restoration process was somewhat easier for the team once they found the old design drawings from the BMW archives.

bmr7

Fortunately, a group of BMW lovers took on the job of restoration. This was no easy job, even the financial resources of BMW were called to complete de process. Some of the parts were easily found since they could be cross overs from similar models. Some other parts and pieces had to be rebuilt. The frame required a lot of work, since rust had damaged it too much, the team needed to fix the frame and make it capable of supporting the engine’s weight. All chrome parts were polished and lots of lustrating black paint were used. The engine was in no good condition, thought it could be fixed and was able to run again.

bmr71

The enclosed bodywork holds on the left side the oil-pressure gauge, and on the right side the H pattern hand gear change. This is a very particular hand gear, since it was made to look more like a car’s gear shifting.

Being too heavy and expensive made this motorcycle production stop and the project’s direction was changed.

I’ll leave you the link to the webpage where I found the article describing more specifically the process of restoration and characteristics of the motorcycle.

Art Deco Treasure
http://www.bmbikes.co.uk/photopages/photosr7.htm

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