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Touring the upon a 1928 BMW R52

Sitting in a garage in Northern Virginia is one of 15 remaining BMW R52 motorcycles. A little four thousand of these manufactured between 1928 and in Munich, Germany. In fact are less than 100 remaining manufactured prior to 1930. World War II, many succumbed to the for raw materials and were sold as metal, or they were for use by the German army.

Fortunately for Larry Marling, the model he purchased in 1999 was this fate and has a rather history.

Knowing that he probably loose his fine to the army, the original owner the motorcycle in the early 1940’s. the army arrived to claim the he was ready for them and replied yes, he did have a motorcycle, but it was and the parts to it were spread his garage. As they left, suggested that he should the parts for scrap, but the motorcycle safely in his hands until later when his son reassembled it.

The R52 was designed for touring and gave the the ability to ride in relative from village to village and over the steep Alpine The 2 cylinder, 500 cc, 12 horse power easily carried it’s at speeds up to 52 miles per hour it cruised best at around 45. though it is a hardtail with a spring front suspension, reports the springed saddle is comfortable and a ride of a couple of miles in a day is quite feasible.

Riding this vintage isn’t quite the same as electric start fuel motorcycles. The R52 is, of course, a kick machine, and engine controls small levers on the handlebars allow the rider to adjust and the fuel mixture (air control) for optimum performance. controls include a kill headlight dimmer, horn a lever throttle, and more or modern style clutch and break levers.

A … hand shifter on the right of the operates the 3-speed transmission, and the right foot operates the brake foot pedal are no right foot controls).

Additional features include a tool compartment in the left of the transmission in which Larry a generous set of Craftsman tools, spark plugs since he can to foul a plug every miles or so, and a couple of rags to up the inevitable oil leaks inherent on old such as these. For night loosening a small wing nut removal of a cigar sized tail light so it can double as a light where needed. The R52 with Bosch electronics, brakes, DEKA tires, and speedometer, twist grip throttle, and passenger seat.


Larry’s R52 is in remarkably good Aside from a paint he’s had to do very little to it. In the rubber tires show little signs of weather

The engine cylinders have a bit of and it smokes a bit when taken out for its rides. These little pale incomparison to the value of machine who has withstood the test of not to mention the German army.

Larry is a member of the Potomac Riders.

Thanks for visiting

Copyright 2012 VirginiaWind



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