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Any thoughts on 1957 R26

Postby onscrean » Wed Jun 24, 2015 11:02 am

Hello all

I have recently been considering purchasing an R26 and wanted to find out what peoples thoughts are about this bike.

Until last summer I was riding a 1971 R75/5 daily for about 2.5 years until it was stolen :(

I realise that this is a much smaller bike but they are so purdy and there doesn't seem to be any R75/5 swb for sale in the condition I want/price range that I can afford so it would be great to hear peoples experiences with an R26. Are they reliable? how easy is it to get parts? and what are they like to ride? Also it will be my everyday bike (I can already hear the ARE YOU CRAZY?!) well maybe a little but as most of my riding will be in London, its not like I need to go that fast.

Thanks in advance and happy riding!
Sandra

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Re: Any thoughts on 1957 R26

Postby Bill Smithson » Wed Jun 24, 2015 12:09 pm

Hi Sandra,
Welcome to the family of BMW single cylinder owners, I have 2 of them, an R25/3 and an R27.
An R26 has slightly more power than an R25/3 and less than an R27, there is a drawback inasmuch as the R26 vibrates quite a lot which is why BMW rubber mounted the engines in the R27's, they all have the same engine capacitiies. I'm not trying put you off your choice of model but the R25/3 is a much more popular machine and was made in greater numbers than the other 2 mentioned above.
Parts are very easy to obtain, mainly in Germany but pricey when you add carriage and currency exchanges. Regarding riding in London, if you stall the bike you will have to dismount, put the bike on the stand and kick start it - no electric starter to help you. Here's my 2 -

Lottie the R25/3 my favourite.

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The R27 which proved to be a very expensive and disastrous purchase due to the previous owners attempt at 'restoration'.
Be careful where you buy and who you buy from - and try it before you part with any money, the R27 was 'Sorned' and I didn't! :sad:

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Re: Any thoughts on 1957 R26

Postby onscrean » Wed Jun 24, 2015 12:33 pm

Hi Bill

Your bikes are gorgeous! I had read about the bone shaking of the R26 so thanks for the heads up on that. I previously owned a smallframe vespa for 5 years so I'm familiar with kickstart only bikes and this does not deter me at all. I've also had to kickstart my R75/5 when my battery got too low. That was quite the aerobic workout! For me if it doesn't have a kickstart, I'm not interested :)

I've just had a look and there are no R25's or R27's for sale at the moment so maybe I'll see if I can get any more feedback about the R26 and maybe see if I can't have a go and see if its the right bike for me. Definitely won't be parting with my money unless I am able to try before I buy.

Thanks for your advice Bill and I hope you have managed to get out to enjoy riding in the sun on your beautiful bikes.

Take care
Sandra

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Re: Any thoughts on 1957 R26

Postby Galactic Greyhound » Wed Jun 24, 2015 4:02 pm

Very nice looking bikes Bill! =D>
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Re: Any thoughts on 1957 R26

Postby chasbmw » Fri Jul 17, 2015 11:43 am

I've only ridden a 250 once and that was many years ago, it's a heavy bike for the capacity and doesn't produce much power, as a consequence it's very slow. With poor acceleration. Not ideal for the cut and thrust of London traffic and might just be a similar magnet to thieves as the 75/5 was.
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Any thoughts on 1957 R26

Postby Ruralman » Fri Jul 17, 2015 4:07 pm

Hi Bill,
Love your bikes :grin:

Hi Sandra,
There's nothing better than riding a bike that you love :wink:
If the R26 is your passion buy it :grin: but get the best security that you can :wink:
Can you get secure parking ?
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Re: Any thoughts on 1957 R26

Postby Bill Smithson » Fri Jul 17, 2015 6:27 pm

Hi Bill,
Love your bikes :grin:
Regards
Hi Sandra, Ced and Keith,
Thanks for your kind comments.
'Lottie' (R25/3) went with me to Germany in June 2014 and we took part in the Einzylinder Rally at Edersee. There were around 40 of us all on the little BM's. When I locate the files I'll post a couple of pictures on here.

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Any thoughts on 1957 R26

Postby Ruralman » Fri Jul 17, 2015 6:40 pm

Thanks Bill, looking forward to more pic's :grin:


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Any thoughts on 1957 R26

Postby Ruralman » Fri Jul 17, 2015 6:41 pm

Thanks Bill, looking forward to more pic's :grin:
I'm feeling a little déjà vu here :smile:

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Re: Any thoughts on 1957 R26

Postby Bill Smithson » Fri Jul 17, 2015 7:16 pm

Right then here's the first two -

This was the line up of some of the machines returning from our visit to an NSU Rally. Lottie is the second bike from the front of the picture.

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Some of the riders travelled quite long distances, in one case covering more than a 1000 kms carrying full camping gear.

The picture below below is of an R25/3 with a luggage trailer which travelled from Bavaria to Skye for our little rally there in 2013.
They're not very fast but they get there eventually and I like them! :wink:

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Re: Any thoughts on 1957 R26

Postby Galactic Greyhound » Fri Jul 17, 2015 8:53 pm

Nice pics Bill!

Is Lottie carrying pigeons in case you break down? :grin:
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Any thoughts on 1957 R26

Postby Ruralman » Fri Jul 17, 2015 10:00 pm

Nice Bikes Bill :smile:


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Re: Any thoughts on 1957 R26

Postby Bill Smithson » Sat Jul 18, 2015 12:01 am

Nice pics Bill!

Is Lottie carrying pigeons in case you break down? :grin:
Hi Ced,
They do break down now and again which is why when it happened on Skye, one of the German riders had to change the piston and barrel on his bike. The amount of spares carried was enough to carry out most repairs on the route as required.

However, nice coffee stops in Germany though -

Parking - no problem

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I struggled with this little snack, good job I was unsupervised that day. :lol:

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Re: Any thoughts on 1957 R26

Postby Dicky-yrrep » Thu Nov 29, 2018 9:22 pm

I own an R26 which I restored some years ago, This description of a “ bone shaker” is so far from the truth. It’s smooth through the gears and in top gear floats along quite pleasantly. The vibration occurs when at standstill, when you rev it, as the revs die down it the bike vibrates as it settles down to tick over. I can imagine that the R27 would be an improvement but never pass on a decent R26 as they are a pleasure to own and as you say, very pretty especially with the single seat fitted. First gear on a standard box needs to be got out of instantly as it’s so high. The earles forks offer a ride quality not experienced these days as the harder you brake the high the front rises which feels very confident. I don’t think that a tall rider would get on with one as your knees would be under your chin. If you get the chance have a ride it’s very pleasant with good manners.


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