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Barber's Best

A virtual tour of the classic motorcycle collection on display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Ala.


1937 BMW R17

1937 BMW R17

1937 BMW R17

Country: Germany
Engine: Air-cooled horizontally-opposed twin-cylinder 4-stroke
Ignition: Magneto
Power Rating: 33bhp @4,300rpm
Bore x Stroke: 83 x68mm
Displacement: 730cc
Valves: Overhead, pushrod-activated
Fuel system: Two British Amal carburetors
Transmission: 4-speed, shaft drive
Suspension: Front telescopic forks, rigid rear
Brakes: Drum on all three wheels
Weight: 360lb.
Top Speed: 85mph (solo)

R17 side 1

Only 450 R17s were produced over a two-year period. This machine was BMW's supersports model with 33hp, a figure only surpassed by the R68 in 1972. The Steib sidecar, styled possibly to resemble Zeppelin airships, is a Nurnberg model. This is an extremely rare machine, reputed to be one of only four remaining worldwide.

R17 BMW side 2

BMW R17 front