Return of the Cafe Racers - Decades ahead of its time – 1934 BMW R7

Decades ahead of its time – 1934 BMW R7

Does it get any cooler than this? A fully restored, concept model, 1934 BMW R7. Although it never went into production the BMW R7 has to be one of the coolest motorcycles to have ever been dreamt up by the German manufacturer.

The styling on the R7 is so unique you’d be hard pressed finding a modern day show bike that could compare, which is a big statement for a motorcycle designed over 70 years ago! Among many other features on the BMW R7 was the first appearance of telescopic front forks. The hand shift was common on motorcycles of the era. It is an Art Deco masterpiece worthy of a permanent parking spot at the Louvre.

 

BMW R7 Prototype restoration 2005-2007

“I was commissioned by BMW AG in June 2005 to restore their prototype R7. After the first inspection, it soon became clear that the R7 was much of a basket case. Many original parts were missing, e.g. exhaust system, wheels, front apron, luggage carrier, and taillight. These missing components were reconstructed by myself by means of photographic material and/or existing technical drawings.

The company Frey restored all mechanical components. Even in this area, many missing parts such as housings, engine transmission and rear end drive parts had to be re-fabricated. The first test ride took place in October 2006 on the mechanically mobile R7 even though it was still in much of a raw state.

The parts depot of the BMW Classic Department in Munich was commissioned in April 2007 to search for missing original parts (wheels, oil pressure gauge, battery cover, rear fender). In January 2008, I was able to hand over the completely restored and ready-to-ride R7 to BMW AG.” – Hans Keckeisen

BMW R7 restoration concept motorcycle

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