BMW Motorcycles

BMW R-11 1929-1934

BMW introduced a major innovation to its motorcycle range in 1929. The transverse flat twin engine was already a recognisable BMW feature but for the first time it was installed in a pressed-steel frame, the first models to incorporate this landmark of motorcycle design being the 735cc R11 and R16. BMW's relatively vibration-free engine was already a byword for smoothness and refinement, and this, coupled to a three-speed shaft-drive transmission, made the R11 sidevalve one of the finest touring motorcycles of its day. Progressively improved, the R11 was built in five series up to 1934.


Model: R11
Year: 1929-1934
Displacement: 740 cc
Engine type: 4-stroke sv horizontally opposed twin
Bore / Stroke: 78 x 78 mm
Power: 18hp @ 3400 rpm
Compression Ratio: 1 : 5.5
Weight: 162 kg
Maximum Speed: 100 km/h
Production: 7500 units