1928 BMW R52 to Go Coast to Coast in Cannonball Rally BMW Motorcycle Magazine

19 Апр 2015 | Author: | Комментарии к записи 1928 BMW R52 to Go Coast to Coast in Cannonball Rally BMW Motorcycle Magazine отключены

1928 BMW R52 to Go Coast to Coast in Rally

In September, BMW enthusiast and President of the Vintage BMW Motorcycle club, Darryl Richman, will be his 1928 R52 to the ultimate test by in the Motorcycle Cannonball II – a unique open to motorcycles manufactured up to that sees riders and vintage machines take on the American continent on a coast-to-coast run the clock.

Photo by Lars

The original Motorcycle Cannonball  event was in 2010 by Lonnie Isam in of “Cannonball” Baker’s historic 11 day country ride. Forty-five of motorcycles built before participated in a rally which on a pier at Kitty Hawk, Carolina and ended on a pier in Monica, California. The event had 37 finish and 10 receiving perfect for covering all 3294 miles their own power.

For 2012, the will be longer and more with motorcycles built up to allowed to join in the fun. Starting on 7, 2012, Darryl will a 17-day journey across the States on his 84-year-old BMW bike, from New York to San Francisco. His will take in some of the scenery and landmarks the USA has to offer, national parks and forests, the lakes, the Mississippi river, the the Black Hills, Rushmore, Tower, Yellowstone, the Rocky the Avenue of the Giants, Pacific Highway, and the Golden Gate

Darryl will average 300 miles (500 km) per day on his R52, it a true endurance run for the long sport and touring rider. He has restoring and riding BMW bikes for than three decades now and has more than half a miles (800,000 km) from the of various BMW boxer twins.

bought his 1928 BMW R52 in Germany in and had the motor and magneto overhauled bringing it to the USA in 2006. Having in a number of vintage events in and in the US, Darryl has put around 2,000 miles on the bike so far without any problems, although this challenge will test it to the limits.

“I’ve got one of the smallest bikes entered, as almost half the are big 1200cc Harley-Davidsons and big Henderson said Darryl. “It’s to be a tough rally for these old especially the sections across the Mountains and though Wyoming they will struggle the high-altitude. I’ve ridden bikes over some of the in the Sierra Nevada before, my R9 S, where I wasn’t able to use gear at all, struggled in gear and actually had to opt for third most of the time. With the R52 I only have three so that’s ok!”

Photo by Ian

Richman has been in Europe this summer sourcing parts for the R52 which will careful treatment to ensure it from the east to west safely. Up until last the furthest he had ridden it in one day was around 100 (160 km) but since then he has completed a 220-mile return up the Pacific Coast Highway to San from his home in Santa with no mishaps, low oil usage and fuel consumption.

“This was important for me, as the organizers of the told us that we needed to be to do at least 100 miles without to stop for gas,” he said. “My R52 has a 12-liter fuel tank, so it was to discover that it is remarkably efficient. The riding experience is different from a modern though; there is no twist throttle, the transmission is very and of the three gears I have, the first and third gears are mesh – you have to get the wheel and engine speed really before you try to shift gear!”

This year’s event has enthusiasts and collectors from South Africa, Ireland, Sweden, France, the UK and Italy, as as the USA. Although most of the competing are American Harley-Davidsons, are plenty of other brands including three BMWs (a R62 and a 1929 R11 as well as Darryl’s R52), Indian, Henderson, Rudge, Excelsior, BSA, and JAP.


Photo by Anastasia

Keeping an antique motorcycle for the duration of this rally require mechanical skills and of the highest caliber, which is why is taking a team of his friends for assistance and support, and also to and photograph the ride.

“It’s not as if I can get the that I may need while on the says Darryl. “They exist in motorcycle dealers, so we to be smart in the way we will try to keep the running. We’ll change the oil night – not because the R52 needs it but if there is anything not quite then maybe we would see it in the oil and can make plans about how to a problem before it actually

His Chief Mechanic Paul will be driving a van complete workbenches, power and tools, other team members be riding their own bikes. just weeks to go now before the of the Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Darryl is hoping that his affair with old BMWs still be intact if he makes it all the way the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean and across the Golden Gate to a heroes’ welcome into San

“The most important for me is to complete the ride,” he says. get a point for every mile and lose points for various However, I’m not concerned about – I just want to ride mile. I’ve got eight BMW now, one from every apart from the 1930s and the one.

I’d be happy if I could find an R66 the 1930s, but I’m not sure which I’d like from 2010 Surprisingly, I haven’t got a GS in my collection, so that’s the next BMW for me!”

You can along with Darryl’s on his blog at http://www.vintagebmw.org/v7/cannonball_blog .



Tagged as:

Other articles of the category "BMW":

Our partners
Follow us
Contact us
Our contacts


Born in the USSR


About this site

For all questions about advertising, please contact listed on the site.

Motorcycles catalog with specifications, pictures, ratings, reviews and discusssions about Motorcycles.