1959 BMW R26

Dec 14, 2018

Category: Rides

The late 1940s were a difficult time for Germany, and many of the country’s auto and motorcycle manufacturers shared in the post-war fallout surrounding the design and manufacture of new vehicles. In the early ‘50s, BMW’s hands were tied when it came to the production of their newest R24 and R25 models, which were essentially redesigns of their pre-war R23 motorcycle, but in 1956 the company introduced its drastically redesigned R26.

The R26 houses a 250cc single-cylinder engine capable of around 15 horsepower, and retains an all-original patina that plays host to a menagerie of scrapes, cuts, and dents — to say that it’s full of character would be an understatement. While the motorcycle’s engine was bolted directly to the frame, it was accompanied by an enclosed drive shaft, rear swing arm, and Earles front forks that brought the bike into modernity. A replaced taillight nacelle is the only non-original aspect of the bike, which comes as a surprise since the Bosch branded chrome headlight, spoked wheels, and Pagusa solo seat all remain in excellent condition.

Purchase: $8,000

HiConsumption is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more

More From Rides

Immerse Yourself in Island Vibes with this Cozy Rumpl x Olukai Blanket Collection

A Hawaii-inspired collab that's ideal for all of your beach day adventures.

Posted By Gray Van Dyke

Partner

Wear The Same Watch As The Navy SEALS & Be Ready For Anything

Luminox’s 3001 EVO series watches are a recreation of the brand’s original Navy SEAL watch.

Posted By Johnny Brayson

Partner
Featured Image

Auction Block: 1995 Toyota Land Cruiser FZJ80 by TLC 4×4

A top-notch Ward transformation that comes with a Corvette engine swap.

Posted By

Sep 24, 2021

Featured Image

Caterham Unveils Their Lightest Production Car Ever in the Seven 170

The car houses a 660cc turbocharged engine and weighs in at just over 970 pounds.

Posted By

Sep 24, 2021

Featured Image

Specialized’s Next-Gen E-Bikes Offer Advanced Anti-Theft & Rear-Facing Radar

An updated MasterMind onboard computer makes these rides smarter than ever.

Posted By

Sep 23, 2021

Featured Image

Harley’s Serial 1 is now Selling a Limited Run of its Stunning Retro-Inspired E-Bike

The MOSH/TRIBUTE marks the first model in the brand's premium S1 Series.

Posted By

Sep 23, 2021