THE R 24 – AND HOW IT HELPED REVIVE BMW’S FORTUNES.
Forfeiting the Eisenach plant after the war meant BMW also lost all of its production resources and design documentation, with reparation payments further hampering efforts to start afresh. In 1948, though, the R 24 got things moving again in impressive fashion. Finally, there was a proper BMW rolling off the assembly line and, at a time of crushing abstinence but also tremendous hope, the redoubtable single-cylinder 250cc two-wheeler seemed to fit the bill perfectly. » read more