- Model: R51
- Year: 1954
- City: PHOENIX
- State: Arizona
- Country: United States
- Listed: February 1, 2018 4:22 pm
- Expires: 73 days, 21 hours
It is part of the commonly known post WW11 BMW history that found BMW prevented from building large capacity motorcycles or cars immediately after the end of hostilities. In fact, many models of both cars and bikes were patriated by the victorious Allies after the war to be produced under numerous brand names unrelated to BMW with only minor or cosmetic changes. Most know that they could not find anyone interested in taking Volkswagen, so it was left for the Germans and the rest is history.
The ban on the production of larger bikes was lifted and BMW’s second post-war twin was the R51/3, produced from 1951 through 1954. It shared many of the designs of the R51/2, a design based mostly on pre-war specifications. The R51/3 engine was a 494cc OHV twin putting out about 24hp coupled to a 4 speed transmission, with the solo bike weighing just under 420 lbs. 1954 models were further developed with full width front and rear brakes and 19” wheels before being superseded by the new /2 range.