I was a ordinary kid in Scranton, Pa. Actually living on the Elmhurst  Boulevard outside of town and taking a public transport to school, owning a BB gun, spending all free time in the woods or riding bicycles with friends and generally just inside the “Line of trouble”. When I was about 8 years old,   my uncle Harry, a Helicopter pilot during the Korean Conflict, drove up from Indiantown Gap, PA. on a motor pool Harley in Olive Drab. He gave me a ride, much to my mother’s objections, half sitting on the tank and the saddle. Down the shaded lane we went and up the winding road by the neighborhood houses. At that time we lived close to Lake Scranton on the Elmhurst Boulevard. It was quite rural and we had a extended ride. Then and there, I was hooked on to two wheels. Soon after, my brother and I were hiding a hand painted, yellow, hand me down, Allstate Vespa in the woods, so my parents would not find it. Of course, they did find out, but we survived the near beating and the Vespa was scooted away. Other motorized 2 wheeled vehicles were made, or “borrowed” for the next few years.

Later, attending high school, I began working after class, and making deliveries from a printing plant to the Capitol Records plant 10 blocks away, as often as the record mill needed deliveries. I would start the Harley Servicar, and with smoke following me from the print shop, drop off labels and return to my other duties as a printer’s devil.

After graduating from Scranton Central High in Scranton, I attended Rochester Institute of Technology. While attending RIT, I worked two jobs and purchased a well used and bent, 200cc Triumph Tiger Cub, and later a Norton Atlas 600 that got me competing in scrambles and lost. (for you GS People out there, this was before you could really get an off road cycle, you cut the fenders and added a bigger sprocket, and make a Bash plate).

My introduction to law inforcement occurred when I became  the first resident of the brand new Rochester Jail. That was when I broke up a peace demonstration on the Atlas. I was released and went back to RIT and applied myself on fear of expulsion and harmful threats from my Father.

When I graduated from College I wandered my way to Ft. Lauderdale in my 1950 Old’s Coupe to escape the cold and snow of Rochester. In Florida. I worked in printing shops and later taught 4 years of printing production and photography at Miami-Dade Jr. College. It did’t take long before I was thinking two wheels again.  I acquired and got running,  a track worn Desmo head Ducati and later a 600 Matchless twin. Both bikes met their ultimate and final nasty demise in Florida. The Duck ended in the alligator infested water along the Tamiami Trail, where it still rests after it’s death attempt on me.  My blue 600 twin Matchless succumbed to heat exhaustion around Lake Okeechobee. It’s fate was forgotten in time, after a painful ride home for both of us in the back of a sugar truck. Bikes were than out of my life for a short period of time.
After 4 years in Florida, and a divorce, and later 6 months at the Maine Endwell Senior High school as a teacher,  I was invited by the US Army to go to Vietnam. Thinking quickly about the invitation, I joined the US Navy and was spirited away to California. “They will never find you and you go from there to OCS in Newport”  Just another lie, so, after boot camp, I was stationed in San Diego where I defended , Mission Bay, San Diego, and Coronado Island from the yellow peril. While in California, I purchased a Yamaha Big Bear 305 scrambler, and later traded it for a 500cc Triumph T100C. Both were wonderful machines and I spent exciting weekends, searching for gold mines in the Sierra Madres, and Palm Springs California. and by car (my 1962 Ford Sunliner) in Cantinas in Ensenada and the Baja. Exiting the Navy after a uninspiring tour of duty on shore, and refusing re-up bonuses, at the age of 28, I returned to Scranton, Pa via a tour of Mexico and Europe. I than got married again to my wonderful wife Ellen,

In Scranton and joined the printing trades as a production manager, sales person, plant manager and later owner of a medium sized printing concern.

The house I grew up in


As part of my printing background, I solicited and printed motorcycle travel brochures, and as part of the payment, traveled extensively in European countries and South America. I have traveled abroad to 4 continents did over 18 trips, Many were solo except for a map and later a GPS for company.
Currently I ride a late model R1200RT. My 30 x 90 garage has 4 bikes and 3 antique cars, it’s oldest resident, a 1933 R11 BMW, and the latest resident is a 1974 TR6. Now updated to a 67 Ford Bronco and a MGB of 1977. In addition to the 4 wheels There are new 2 R69s from the 60’s. One restored and now getting new cylinders and heads shaved as they are eating their Head Gaskets.

Currently, I am involved with site location for the BMWRA 2018 Rally, marketing and general adviser to BMWRA . In addition to being a RA Board Member. I am also a member of the Sunshine Chapter of the AMAC, Antique Motorcycle Club, a local member of the Black Diamond Beemers in Scranton, PA, a member of the MOA and the Airheads. My home is in Moscow, Pa where I reside with my wife Ellen. My second home is Daytona Beach, Bunnell where winter goes away and I ride when the sun shines.
My personal observation over the last 50 years has been that motorcycles and motorcycle friends, have been a strong force in staying creative, active and healthy. my favorite saying is “Just git ‘er done”

my 1966.. 912, sold to a overseas person, the Kellerman brothers from Amsterdam.

MGB 1977, now up for sale.

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. 18444

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