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1936 BMW R4

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As the 30s rolled around and Depression hit, BMW saw the need for a diminutive single-cylinder bike to offer alongside its twins. The sub 200cc R2 sold quite well, but the BMW R4 was an intermediate bike between the budget single and the bigger bikes. The R4 saw some decent success with the German Army and police services.

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1936 BMW R2

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Built between 1931 and 1936, the R2 was the smallest displacement motorcycle ever built by BMW. Powered by a 198cc OHV single, the R2 could hit 59 miles per hour thanks to 6 horsepower – later on (1934) an Amal carb helped bump power to 8 ponies.

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First Year, First Model Project – 1955 Yamaha YA-1

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The company we all know today as Yamaha began as Nippon Gakki Co. Ltd in 1887 (incorporated in 1897), producing musical instruments. Founded by Torakusu Yamaha, the company would remain in operation for nearly seven decades before it produced its first motorized two-wheeler. Following the Second World War, several of the tuning fork company’s production facilities — which were setup …

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Rare Project – 1933 Indian Motoplane

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08-04-2018 Update: Almost two years later, Tim Huber sees that this Motoplane is back up for sale. Find it here on Craigslist in Nevada City, Nevada for $16,000. Post Listing Update: This Motoplane did not meet reserve despite 9 bids up to $12,600. This bike is going to need a lot of work, but it’s rare enough for a feature. …

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1938 BMW R66

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Post Listing Update: this R66 did not meet reserve despite 28 bids up to $22,200 on eBay. Introduced in 1938, the R66 was BMW’s “sport roadster”, and it was the pinnacle of their pre-WWII creations. It was designed to lug a sidecar around, but if you were only riding it as a two-wheeler then you could flirt with a top …

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The First BMW – 1923 BMW R32

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Post Listing Update: This R32 was pulled off of eBay due to “an error in the listing.” The seller of this piece of history doesn’t have much to say but he does correctly state, “I know you have [a] lot of questions”. Interested buyers are definitely going to have a lot of questions, because the R32 is the first motorcycle …

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Restored in Canada – 1931 AJS S8 DeLuxe

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Post Listing Update: This beautiful AJS did not get any interest at the opening ask of $19,530. AJS (A.J. Stevens & Co) was founded in 1909, and they quickly racked up a series of world records. Unfortunately, as the 1930s began the firm was in financial in trouble and by ’31 the company was disbanded and the rights were sold …

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Ending Soon – 1948 Douglas MK3 Project

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Post Sale Update: After 21 bids on eBay, this Douglas sold for $4,301. 3-5-2018 Update: Looks like the sale in November did not go through as this Douglas is back up for sale by the new owner. The listing now calls it a 1949 model (instead of the ’48 as originally described) but it otherwise seems to be the same. …

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1 of 10 – 1921 Megola Touring 640cc

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Megolas are fascinating for many reasons, but the obvious one is the 640cc 5-cylinder radial engine built into the front wheel. Yet, that’s somehow not even the craziest thing about this powertrain. It has only one gear, and no clutch. So you either had to bump start it or get the front wheel spinning with the bike on the center …

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Ner-A-Project – 1922 Ner-A-Car Barn Find

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Post Sale Update: This Ner-A-Car sold for $20,100.01 after 18 bids on eBay. Designed by Carl Neracher in 1918, the Ner-A-Car was sold as a cheap automobile alternative. Approximately 10,000 were built and sold in the US, and another 6,500 were built and sold in England under license. The step-through design and bodywork kept riders clean, allowing them to wear …

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Early Side Valve – 1932 Norton Big Four

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Norton’s Big Four was the first motorcycle it produced with an engine that was developed and manufactured in-house. Production began in 1907 and would ultimately continue until 1954 when Norton would cease production on all of its side valve scoots. Various changes in displacement and hardware would occur over the years – continuous production would go on despite the Great …

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1932 Raleigh MH32

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Post Listing Update: This MH32 did not meet reserve with 1 bid up to $20,000 on eBay. According to the seller, this is the only Raleigh MH32 in the US. It was restored by Revival Cycles over 6 years at a claimed cost of over $36,000. Afterwards, the bike was shown at the Handbuilt Motorcycle Show and the Harvest Classic.