1952 BMW 247cc R25/2 Frame no. 247532

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Lot 210
1952 BMW 247cc R25/2
Frame no. 247532

Sold for CHF 5,175 (US$ 5,672) inc. premium
1952 BMW 247cc R25/2
Frame no. 247532

Footnotes

  • BMW's first new post-war model, the 247cc R24, arrived in 1948 looking pretty much like the pre-war R23 of 1938 but producing an additional 2bhp. The R24 could traces its roots back to the R23 of 1938. Developed from the 198cc single-cylinder R20 of 1937/38, itself a development of BMW's best-selling R2, the 247cc R23 was produced between 1938 and 1940. The reintroduction of a 247cc model had been prompted by changes in German licensing laws, which had removed the favourable concessions previously enjoyed by machines up to 200cc, instituting a new up-to-250cc category instead. In mid-1950 the R24 was superseded by the R25, which featured plunger rear suspension but was otherwise very similar.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 incorporating a stronger crankshaft and minor revisions to the front mudguard stays and seat springing.

    This matching-numbers R25/2 is the owner's second total restoration, which was completed using the balance of a stock of original parts found in his cousin's cellar. The two small leather bags were specially made by a shoemaker from the Vallée de Joux. Ridden throughout the 1980s and '90s, including a tour of Switzerland for old motorcycles in 1988, this charming machine is offered with a Swiss Carte Grise.

    BMW R25/2 247 cm3 1952
    Cadre n° 247532

    La première nouvelle BMW d'après-guerre, la R24 de 247 cm3 apparut en 1948 sous un aspect très voisin de celui de la R23 de 1938, mais avec 2 ch de plus. La R24 découle de cette dernière. Développée de la monocylindre R20 de 198 cm3 de 1937/38, elle-même évolution de la R2 si réussie de BMW, la R23 de 247 cm3 fut produite de 1938 à 1940. La réintroduction d'un modèle de 247 cm3 fut le résultat d'un changement de législation en matière de permis de conduire en Allemagne qui étendait les avantages antérieurs des machines jusqu'à 200 cm3 en introduisant une nouvelle limite portée à 250 cm3. Au milieu des années 1950, la R24 fut remplacée par la R25 dotée d'une suspension arrière à plongeurs, mais par ailleurs presque identique. Une version améliorée R25/2 fut introduite en 1951 avec un vilebrequin renforcé et quelques petites révisions des supports de garde-boue avant et de la suspension de la selle.

    Cette R25/2 à numéros concordants fut la deuxième restauration totale du vendeur, opération qui fut menée à bien grâce à un stock de pièces d'origine découvert dans la cave d'un cousin. Les deux petites sacoches en cuir ont été spécialement fabriquées par un cordonnier de la vallée de Joux. Utilisée dans les années 1980 et 1990, y compris lors d'un tour de Suisse pour motos historiques en 1988, cette charmante moto est accompagnée de sa carte grise suisse.
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1952 BMW 247cc R25/2 Frame no. 247532
1952 BMW 247cc R25/2 Frame no. 247532
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