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Stunning Art Deco BMW R7 Prototype

Okay, I saw this bike for the first time a few months back on Bike EXIF and have wanted to post something about ever since. I've read some history of BMW and seen some of their early bikes but I'd never seen this bike before and it's amazing! BMW bikes of the 30's were works of art meets machine and engineering genius.

But after seeing the R7 prototype it makes those machines I enjoyed seeing look like ugly ducklings. Cue Hell For Leather who just recently who just found a bunch of great pictures of it and beat us to it. So credit to HFL for finding the pictures. The BMW R7 prototype motorcycle is perhaps the most beautiful motorcycle I've seen.

The R7 was produced as a prototype in 1934 and was never intended for production. The bike was found in June of 2005 after over 70 years of neglect sitting untouched in a box. It was only 70% complete and in bad condition. The battery had leaked and caused quite a bit of damage and metal corrosion.

But many hands at BMW helped restore this piece of history back to its original glory. It's now on display in the BMW museum but will also be shown on the road at classic events and rallies.

For a more detailed history of the R7 check out BM Bikes - the source of the high quality photo's.




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