I have decided to place the beautiful R11 Machine for sale.

Potential buyers must have picture ID. To prevent fraud.

Contact:  Martin Fischer/mrtnfischer@yahoo.com/ call 570 815 6294 or text me at that number. Located near Scranton, PA.

It;s history with me included to showings in the AMCA For judging. The first showing was at the Sunshine Club in Daytona and the R11 received 96 out of 100 points.  The 2nd showing of the R11 was at Rhinebeck, NY and it receiver 94 points. Major deductions were for the stainless steel bolts used in some of the coach work. Stainless was not available in 1933. The Machine starts and runs well.

Putting this up for sale is a difficult task as it will be like losing a dependable friend The initial offering price is $42,000, or an offer close to that. I have wanted to sell it as it needs to be shown more. When I went to Mecum auction in Las Vegas in January 2017, similar BMW machines (but not as rare) were going for more that $42K

Today, 12/16/2013 money was transferred overseas to Turin, Italy for a  Motorcycle for sale 1933 BMW R11, classic purchase. A great investment of long term value.

Since BMW first began to manufacture motorcycles after the Great War, in 1924, their intent was to make a product that would sell for years to come. BMW had been making motors for airplanes and other motorcycle manufactures for many years. They would continue making engines and motorcycles and still to this day are noted for their durability.

1930-33  R11  Click on the Picture

The R11 series was first made in 1929 and was produced till 1935 with a total of 75,000 being manufactures. It was the first to have the large 750cc engine horizontally opposed twin. This engine became a primary mover for BMW up through WWII. The R11 series was replaced with the R12 series which had the same size, side valve engine. Apparently the R11 type became a mainstay of the Wehrmacht as well as the R12 construction BASIS.

Not only was it a fast and reliable motorcycle for its time, many applauded the BMW traditional design as a “work of art”.

Below, see VIDEO of it running, after 1 kick and 1 year in garage





2016 pictures


2016 in Pennsylvania

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Near the backwater of Daytona Beach, Florida



charged of 250.00. The customs people, were happy to have seen the machine and the arrival fee from Federal express/Airport was $125.00. Shipping from Europe was $5,000 including the on site inspection, airfreight and total.

As of December 6, 2013 the machine is in Turin Italy. The moto will transported by Stefan Knopf of www.knopftours.com, Heidelberg, Germany. Stefan took on the job of inspections, shipping and initiation of customs to USA. He was contracted by me after careful searching for some one to represent me in Italy.  Stefan is the owner of a motorcycle tour group in Heidelberg, Germany.



   When it arrives in  Daytona/Orlando. There the R11 will go the  shop of Joe Gimpel,  Daytona Beach, for inspection and and necessary upgrades and refinement. Because the  R12 was constantly being changed during it’s production years, many different variants of  the R11 were made. Only 5000 were produced.

Arrival of the machine has occurred and it was cleared through customs at the Orlando airport. A arrival fee was charged of 250.00. The customs people, were happy to have seen the machine and the arrival fee from Federal express/Airport was $125.00.

The R-11 was uncrated at the Orlando Airport, loaded on a trailer and than taken to Joe Gimple’s shop  in Daytona. The bike was uncrated, gas was added, the oil checked and than started after a few cranks on the foot lever.

In March, the machine was entered into the Antique Motorcycle judging at the AMCA, Sunshine chapter, Silver Sand Arena.  In it’s class, the Machine received 96 points out of a possible 100. The discounts were for a poor weld on a foot rest and nickle bolts near the fender. The weld was fixed but the bolts remain. They look too good to throw away.. $4.00 in new bolts can get you close to perfect.

Reference for Art Deco school of design from 1920 into the mid 40’s. Click below to find more information. http://99designs.com/designer-blog/2012/06/05/art-deco-a-strong-striking-style-for-graphic-design/


Current Market value of this rare R11 is around $35,oo0 to $45,000 The machine is in secure storage in Pennsylvania. and can be shown with an appointment.

I will be happy to discuss this machine contact mrtnfischer@yahoo.com or call 570 8215 6294

Here is the work that was done to the bike in Italy on the rebuild as sent to me from Italy. I have responded with, how are all of the transmission and engine seals?

Today at 4:54

AM  11/6/2014

From Dario to Martin

Good Morning Mr Fischer,

I am happy you like my work.

I can write all possible information about my work.

1) all mechanical parts of the engine has been overhauled: the rollers of the connecting rods of the crankshaft were replaced, the bearings are new, the valves and pistons have been redone, timing gears have been restated

2) transmission gears have been restated

3) the bearings of the universal joint have been replaced

4) the magneto has been reviewed about internal coil and capacitor

You ask me where you can buy replacement parts of this motorcycle: I know there is a man in Germany, his name is DREHER who sell replacement parts but he has only some of this.

his web site is:   shop.dreher-oldtimertiele.de

If you need particular parts I can help you: some of my friends have something.

If you need other information about the motorcycles write me, please!

if you or your friends want to buy other motorcycles I send you some photo of motorcycles that I want sell.

Best regard

Dario Maina



The next version of the BMW was the R12, it was produced from 1935 to 1939 when all production went to the German Military. R12 specifications

Engine and transmission specifications
Engine type: 2 cylinders, 4-stroke, Boxer
Displacement: 745 cc (45.52 cubic inches)
Bore × stroke: 3.07 inch × 3.07 inch (square)
Cooling system: Air cooled
Power: 17.95 HP (13.2 kW) @ 3400 rpm
Throttle: Cable operated
Valve train: side vale flat head
Valves per cylinder: 2
Fuel and ignition  gas
Sparks per cylinder: 1
Fuel supply system: Carburetor
Funnel diameter: 0.94 inch
Compression: 5.5:1
Engine mounting: Longitudinal
Lubrication system: Wet sump
Gear box: Manual 3-speed
Clutch: Dry, single plate, cable operated
Final drive: Shaft
Spark plug pipe type: Bosch, W 175 T1
Starter: Kick-starter
Physical measures
Length: 82.7 inch
Width: 35 inch
Height: 37 inch
Wheel base: 54.3 inch
Spark plug pipe type:Bosch, W 175 T1
Chassis and suspension
Frame type: steel, Double cradle frame
Suspension: Leading link
Brake: Single Drum, Ø7.87 inch
Tire: 3.5 × 26
Tire: 3.5 × 26
ABS available: No
Power-to-weight ratio: 0.08 KW/lbs (12.27 lbs/HP)
Top speed: 62.14 mph
Fuel capacity: 3.7 gals
Number of riders: 1 person

1938 BMW R12 Army

Above photo is an R12 1937 Army model

Notice that there is a air and oil suspension on the front forks as well as a lack of side shifter.

R11 in Pennsylvania

 Above Picture of R17 1935   note that it is a overhead valve and twin carburetors. Very attractive machine and some claim desirable, personally I like my R11, more classic lines




19667 912 and a 68 R60

19667 912 and a 68 R60

What am I tired of collecting British sport cars,? Where am I going? do I really need more stuff? Is the Man Cave full up? Am I getting old like the rolling stuff and just have forgotten how to relax? Is there this compulsion to save the things from the past, rebuild for future profit? Or am I doing it to keep busy? Well, atl east with bikes, they are interesting and sometimes difficult to ride  and it is fun to see and feel first hand just how far the evolution of the motorcycle has gone forward.(They really don’t take up much space as well). But, Just when I thought I was cured of this affliction and away from the mechanical steeds,I was shaken, stirred and consumed. I was weak and vulnerable, I was fast approaching over 70 years,  I had some excess cash,  my feet hurt and I need S.O. G. O T. Pot.   THAN, I was struck once more, like a mighty sword from above, THOR had me in his sights, HIS HAMMER was an Earle’s fork. Being struck does mean only visually and  over the head. But enough of the whys, the bearer of the Earles fork was ahead, an R60/2 1967. Below the story begins It was a sunny and balmy day, I and my friend,  Joe B, a fellow native northeast PA person,. and I traveled to Eustis,  Florida during the March 2014 Bike Week in Daytona Beach. It was a lucky and unlucky chance visit. The God’s of thrift, and beauty, combined with the sins of gluttony and greed,  forced me to make a commitment to a R60/2. that had rolled off a trailer and being the last day of the flea market, the owner,  Doug Phillips, who had this bike as a first bike and was used as a daily driver in Michigan. For over 14 years.  Doug, drove this bike to jobs and fun places. So when I looked at the 88,000 miles, I was not concerned as bike are made to be ridden, especially the R60. Doug informed me that he had replaced pistons with .020 over and new rings. Other work had been done on the electrical, engine valves as well as gasket work on the push rod tubes. He said that he has maintained it quite well over the 14 years he had continuously driven the R60 and it was in good shape. It was a little dirty with some minor surface rust but that was to be expected. Everything was original. After a brief drive with the r 60 over the Eustis Fairgrounds, with  little dips, some gravel and pavement, it was affection at first sitting. The unique Earle’s front fork gave a stable and solid ride with no indications of problems in the handling. It started easily with a brief down stroke on the starter lever after a tickling of the carburetor bowls. Later I was to find out that it can be temperamental and that starting is a “Leaned Process”. Next thing I new, a price was established, a down payment was made and a pickup arranged. But at the AMCA (Antique Motorcycle Club of America show at Silver Sands area near the Cabbage Patch on Tomoka Road. South Daytona area). The recently acquired R-11 was shown and received a wonderful award of 96.5 points out of a possible 100. What a delight.

 ***Author’s Note: for information in detail go the the official Cannonball web site fro all the entries, winners and losers and their respective positions. Many of the participants have their own web sites that can give more information than myself.

Who would have guessed, after seeing a poster someplace in Wyoming in the smallest town in America (population 2), that was also noted for the coldest beer in town.  That I, Martin, Would be involved in the Cannonball. Yes, the poster was real and I kept a ear peeled for more news. Later that summer, in Daytona Beach, I attended a monthly meeting of the Daytona Beach BMW club. There, attending was a Joe Gimple. I had arrived a few minutes late only to hear Joe announce hat he would be entering is late 1920’s BMW motorcycle. It was there in the garage where the meeting was held and I was desirous to see the start and possible the finish of the Cannonball run this year.Above, see Joe Gimple getting ready to leave The Hilton in Milwaukee for Iowa. One of Joe’s back up person and van driver is on the right.

I than thought that I could take some quality pictures and supply them to the magazine On The Level, produced for the BMW Riders Association, a BMW motorcycle magazine.


The first day I went to Newburg, NY to find the start of the Cannonball. I found them at the Hilton Garden in Newburg. Many of the teams of riders, mechanics helpers and drivers were arriving and putting the machines in the best possible mechanical condition to begin the race.

During the first day, I was busy shooting pictures with my Nikon Digital using the fine setting for use in the  later publication for the BMWRA.

Some of the first impressions of the large crowd gathered in the parking lots of the Hilton was amazing. Just to see the vast variety of machine, BSA’s, BMW’s Excelsiors, Hendersons, Harley Davidson’s, Indians, Sunbeam, just to name some. The parking lots were ablaze with lights at night as large trailers and work trucks belonging to the contestants fired up their generators to work on the bike.

Well stocked repair and parts chase trailer


The next day the start of the event was at the Motorcycle Museum, a few miles from the Hotel. The exodus from the Hilton was an event by it’self. At 6 Am the activity began and machine were starting to leave for the Museum. Many of the machine emitted their own flavor and scent of smoke, so the early cool morning, mixed the dew with the bluish smoke and a smell of castor oil to one of synthetic lube, not a bad thing.

Joe Gimple and Mike from Daytona Beach, Florida


Daryl on the BMW and The Crane’s on the BSA off to the Museum for the race start.
Darly was later to crash on the west coast and retired from the race with a broken bone and a severly damaged classic.


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