1939 BMW R12

In Germany, Vintage by AbhiLeave a Comment

You guys seemed to enjoy the R35 from two days ago, so let’s go with another classic BMW – the R12, an incredibly popular bike in its day. In fact, almost 30,000 were made, 2/3 of which were civilian models (the rest built for the Wehrmacht), making this the most successful BMW until the R75/5 came along.

BMW R12 - Rear Right

The R12 was an evolution of the R11 – in the process it gained telescopic forks, a 4-speed transmission, and a little bit of cosmetic work. This actually made the R12 (and the sportier R17) the first production motorcycles with hydraulically damped telescopic forks. Other interesting features include a left hand clutch paired with a right side shifter off the tank. For more on the R12, check out this profile from Motorcycle.com

BMW R12 - Gauges

This specific BMW R12 was restored 4 years ago, and has only had 18 miles put on it since. It’s claimed that everything on the bike is either new or restored, with the bonus phrasing of “ran when parked.”

BMW R12 - Left Side

Find this BMW R12 for sale in Seattle, Washington with bidding up to $15,100 and the reserve not yet met