BMW R27
Lot 202
Property of Yori Kanda,1968 BMW 245cc R27 Frame no. 386315 Engine no. 386315
Sold for £4,715 (US$ 7,704) inc. premium

Lot Details
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Property of Yori Kanda
1968 BMW 245cc R27
Registration no. MON 2F
Frame no. 386315
Engine no. 386315
BMW's first new post-war model was a 'single', the 247cc R24, which arrived in 1948 looking pretty much like the pre-war R23 but producing an additional 2bhp. In mid-1950 the R24 was superseded by the R25, which featured plunger rear suspension but was otherwise very similar. An improved R25/2 version was introduced during 1951 and by 1956 BMW's 'one-lunger' had evolved into the R26. In what would turn out to be its penultimate form, BMW's quarter-litre luxury lightweight boasted a more powerful engine than its R25 predecessor, an Earles-type leading-link front fork and a larger fuel tank among numerous improvements. The range's final development - the R27 - arrived in 1960 substantially unchanged but for the adoption of a rubber-mounted engine. Built to the same exemplary standards as the Bavarian company's famous horizontally-opposed twins, the traditional BMW single was much missed after its demise in the late 1960s. First registered in May 1968, this BMW R27 was acquired by its late owner in April 1982. It is not known when 'MON 2F' last ran, though the engine turns over and the motorcycle's overall good condition suggests that re-commissioning rather than restoration may be all that is required. The machine comes with old-style Swansea V5 document and is sold strictly as viewed. No reserve.

Footnotes

  • The Kanda Collection

    Tokyo-born Yoritatsu (Yori) Kanda, 74, is a highly respected member of motorcycling's international press corps. He originally moved to England in the mid-1970s, settling happily in Sussex from where he began reporting Grands Prix, motorcycle shows, machine and aftermarket press launches; building in the process an extensive knowledge of technical matters, brand histories, race and industry politics, production technologies and so on, subjects about which he has written frequently. As well as contributing to the major Japanese publications he has filed countless articles for important European magazines.

    Tragically in 2007, while attending a bike launch in Italy, he suffered a serious accident. In addition to a fortnight's concussion, his injuries included five fractured vertebrae. Following 18 months in specialist care, Yori returned to his home in Eastbourne but sadly is now resident in a nursing home.

    Among numerous books authored for the Japanese market is his History of Japanese Racing Motorcycles, which included the first ever photographs of 1960s-period racing machines, fully stripped, for enthusiasts to examine and enjoy. Undoubtedly his greatest journalistic coup was persuading Messrs Kawashima, Hasegawa, and Shimizu (senior directors respectively of Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki) to meet together in one room for an on-the-record discussion! Another typical Yori 'scoop' came in September 1967 when he managed a sneak shot of former MZ factory rider Ernst Degner - already notorious for joining Suzuki after defecting from East Germany while leading the World Championship on an MZ – who was secretly testing a 125 Kawasaki at the Fuji circuit. The picture would turn out to be a sensation, as Degner crashed heavily a few laps later, sustaining injuries that ended the German rider's career.

    Like so many journalists, Yori is both collector and hoarder. Seemingly reluctant to dispose of any information issued by a manufacturer, he has amassed over the last 40 years an extraordinary quantity of factory Press Kits ex-BMW, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, etc plus Triumph from 1990 onwards. More importantly though, he has also accumulated one of the most comprehensive and discerning collections of motorcycle books to have been offered on the open market. Given his passion it is no surprise the Kanda Collection includes seven motorcycles - trials, scrambles, racing, classic and street - from five different nations no less. Understandably, Yori has had insufficient time to complete their refurbishment.
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