The R12, first produced in 1935, was known worldwide for being BMW’s most successful pre-war model ever built. Sensational in its design and sharing similarities to the later BMW R17, it was also the first motorbike to have the new hydraulically damped telescopic “forks”. These classics were eventually superseded by the less successful R75 in 1942.
Due to its high build quality, reliability and simplistic design, for a time the R12s were the most widely used military motorbike in the Wehrmacht, and were mostly used as either a support vehicle equipped with either a MG34 or MG42 machine gun, or to relay messages as a fast reconnaissance element.
This beautiful R12, quite surprisingly, is provided with what appears to be all of its original parts still accounted for. Having been part of a museum collection for what appears to be quite some time, this rust-free motorbike has been kept in good overall condition.