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'BMW R16'
Also called R16 series 3, R16 series 4, R16 series 5, R16 series 1, R 16 series 1, R 16
Production 1929 - 1934
Class [[:Category:Classic motorcycles|Classic]] [[Category:Classic motorcycles]]
Successor BMW R17
two cylinder boxer, four-stroke
Bore / Stroke 83.0mm x 68.0mm
Compression ratio 6.75:1
Top Speed 78 mph (126 km/h)
Horsepower 32.32 HP (24.1 KW) @ 4500RPM
Ignition magneto
Battery 7.0:1
Transmission Gear box: 3-speed

Final Drive: shaft drive (cardan)

Clutch: dry-single plate-cable operated
Suspension Front: leading link
Rear: rigid
Brakes Front: expanding brake (drum brake)
Rear: cardan brake
Front Tire 3.5-26
Rear Tire 3.5-26
Wheelbase 54.33 inches (1380 mm)
Length 82.68 inches (2100 mm)
Width 35.04 inches (890 mm)
Height 37.4 inches (950 mm)
Weight 165.0 kg (wet)
Fuel Capacity 3.7 Gallon (14.00 Liters)
Fuel Consumption 2.75 liters/100 km (36.4 km/l or 85.53 mpg)
Manuals Service Manual

The BMW R16 series 5 was a two cylinder boxer, four-stroke Classic motorcycle produced by BMW between 1929 and 1934. It could reach a top speed of 78 mph (126 km/h). Claimed horsepower was 32.32 HP (24.1 KW) @ 4500 RPM.


The engine was a air cooled two cylinder boxer, four-stroke. A 83.0mm bore x 68.0mm stroke result in a displacement of just 736.0 cubic centimeters. Fuel was supplied via a overhead valves (ohv).


The bike has a 3-speed transmission. Power was moderated via the dry-single plate-cable operated.


It came with a 3.5-26 front tire and a 3.5-26 rear tire. Stopping was achieved via expanding brake (drum brake) in the front and a cardan brake in the rear. The front suspension was a leading link while the rear was equipped with a rigid. The R16 series 5 was fitted with a 3.7 Gallon (14.00 Liters) fuel tank. The wheelbase was 54.33 inches (1380 mm) long.

1929 - 1934 BMW R 16

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The 1929 BMW R 16 sports an air-cooled, four-stroke, 735cc, flat twin cylinder powerhouse mated to a three-speed manual transmission that can produce 25 horsepower at 4000 rpm. This classic Beemer came with features such as a sprung seat, a hard-tail rear suspension, a plate spring front fork, laced wheels, wide handlebars, a large, round headlamp and a dual exhaust system.