BMW R6: history, specs, pictures

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1938 BMW R 6
Manufacturer BMW
Production 1938
Class Classic
Engine air-cooled, four-stroke, twin cylinder, side valve
Bore / Stroke 71.1mm x 71.1mm
Compression ratio 6.0:1
Top speed 78 mph (125 km/h)
Horse Power 17.97 HP (13.4 KW) @ 4500RPM
Transmission Gear box: 4-speed, manual

Final Drive: shaft

Clutch: dry, single plate
Suspension Front: telescopic fork
Rear: hard-tail, sprung seat
Brakes Front: 200mm drum
Rear: 200mm drum
Front Tire 3.00 x 19
Rear Tire 3.50 x 19
Weight  (dry), 175.0 kg (wet)
Fuel capacity 1.06 Gallon (4.00 Liters)
Fuel consumption 4.50 litres/100 km (22.2 km/l or 52.27 mpg)
Manuals Service Manual
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The BMW R 6 was a air-cooled, four-stroke, twin cylinder, side valve Classic motorcycle produced by BMW in 1938. Claimed horsepower was 17.97 HP (13.4 KW) @ 4500 RPM.


A 71.1mm bore x 71.1mm stroke result in a displacement of just 600.0 cubic centimeters.


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


It came with a 3.00 x 19 front tire and a 3.50 x 19 rear tire. Stopping was achieved via 200mm drum in the front and a 200mm drum in the rear. The front suspension was a telescopic fork while the rear was equipped with a hard-tail, sprung seat. The R 6 was fitted with a 1.06 Gallon (4.00 Liters) fuel tank.

1938 BMW R 6

1938 BMW R 6 1938 BMW R 6

The BMW R 6 was powered by an air-cooled, four-stroke, 600cc, twin cylinder powerhouse paired to a four-speed manual transmission that can produce 18 horsepower at 4500 rpm. It comes with a telescopic front fork, a hard-tail suspension in the rear, a sprung seat, a chromed exhaust with a large-diameter muffler, a large headlight, full-fenders, wide handlebars, a drum braking system, a center stand, and a rear luggage rack.