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BMW R-23 250cc 1939

BMW R23 250cc OHV

The BMW R 23 was exempt from road tax and did not require a motorcycle licence, rules which had previously applied to motorcycles of less than 200cc and which were changed to 250cc in 1938, prompting BMW to produce the new model which was developed from the 200cc R20.

When motorcycle production resumed after the war, it was superceded by the R 24.

Production Years: 1938-1940
Displacement: 247cc
Engine: 4-stroke OHV Type 223/1
Cylinders: 1
Power: 10hp at 5400 rpm
Weight: 135kg
Top speed: 95km/h
Production numbers: 8,021