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The R4 was superseded in 1937 by the R35. Starting from the R4 engine, the bore was reduced to bring capacity down to 340cc; the cylinder head was taken from the less commercially successful R3. It developed 14hp and had a top speed of 100km/h. In common with its predecessors the R35 has a pressed steel frame, the last BMW single to do so. Other BMW models at the time had twin loop tubular frames, however, the R35 was a budget model so the pressed steel frame kept costs down, as did the telescopic forks with no hydraulic damping. Even without damping the telescopic forks were a vast improvement over the R4’s forks which had a basic cantilever spring, friction dampers only being fitted to late R4 models. Production of R35's had been transferred to Eisenach in around 1940, a few thousand were built in the eastern zone between '49 & 55, up to 1950 they were even badged as BMW, much to the displeasure of the real BMW.

Wiki says 83,000. Also to read there: in 1951 BMW has won the lawsuit, that AWTOWELO is not allowed any more to name Eisenach-made BMW-vehicles BMW.

In Media

BMW R35 in Movies

'BMW R35'
Also called R 35
Production 1937 - 1940
Class [[:Category:Classic motorcycles|Classic]] [[Category:Classic motorcycles]]
single cylinder, four-stroke
Bore / Stroke 72.0mm x 84.0mm
Compression ratio 6.0:1
Top Speed 62 mph (100 km/h)
Horsepower 13.68 HP (10.2 KW) @ 3500RPM
Ignition batery
Transmission Gear box: 4-speed

Final Drive: shaft drive (cardan)

Clutch: single plate dry-cable operated
Suspension Front: cartridge
Rear: rigid
Brakes Front: expanding brake (drum brake)
Rear: expanding brake (drum brake)
Front Tire 3.50-19
Rear Tire 3.50-19
Wheelbase 55.12 inches (1400 mm)
Length 78.74 inches (2000 mm)
Width 31.5 inches (800 mm)
Height 37.4 inches (950 mm)
Weight 152.0 kg (wet)
Fuel Capacity 3.17 Gallon (12.00 Liters)
Fuel Consumption 3.00 liters/100 km (33.3 km/l or 78.41 mpg)
Manuals Service Manual

The BMW R35 was a single cylinder, four-stroke Classic motorcycle produced by BMW between 1937 and 1940. It could reach a top speed of 62 mph (100 km/h). Claimed horsepower was 13.68 HP (10.2 KW) @ 3500 RPM.


The engine was a air cooled single cylinder, four-stroke. A 72.0mm bore x 84.0mm stroke result in a displacement of just 342.0 cubic centimeters. Fuel was supplied via a overhead valves (ohv).


The bike has a 4-speed transmission. Power was moderated via the single plate dry-cable operated.


It came with a 3.50-19 front tire and a 3.50-19 rear tire. Stopping was achieved via expanding brake (drum brake) in the front and a expanding brake (drum brake) in the rear. The front suspension was a cartridge while the rear was equipped with a rigid. The R35 was fitted with a 3.17 Gallon (12.00 Liters) fuel tank. The wheelbase was 55.12 inches (1400 mm) long.

1937 - 1940 BMW R 35

1937 - 1940 BMW R 35

The 1937 BMW R 35 has, at its heart, an air-cooled, four-stroke, 342cc, single vertical cylinder powerhouse paired to a four-speed manual transmission and can produce a claimed 14 horsepower at 3500 rpm. It also comes with features such as laced wheels, a drum braking system, a telescopic fork as a front a suspension, a hard-tail rear one, a sprung, single saddle, a large headlamp, full fenders, a center stand and wide handlebars.

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