Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Take a sleek, stylish, and technologically savvy sedan, and inject with pure, hybrid eco-friendliness, and out will come the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. In a world of car manufacturers hybridizing their favorite models, the Hyundai Sonata is a true standout. At first glance, you wouldn’t even know that it’s a hybrid, which is exactly what we …

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Hyundai Sonata

When it comes to contemporary automobiles with subtle, yet refined style, the Hyundai Sonata sits just at the top of the list. This borderline luxury sedan is one of the most comfortable and stylish sedans on the market today. While it may not be the most stand-out in terms of expression and performance, it is …

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Hyundai Palisade

When it comes to making affordable, functional, and stylish vehicles, no other car manufacturer seems to be able to do it quite like Hyundai does it.  The Hyundai Palisade has helped bring the company to the larger vehicle market, as it is one of their best and biggest three-row SUVs that they have ever released. …

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Hyundai Kona

When it comes to developing stylish, budget-friendly, and fuel-efficient vehicles, Hyundai has been on a roll. The Kona is one of the most charming vehicles that has come out in the past couple of years. With a tight and punchy powertrain that is fun to drive and a stylish design that provides you with class …

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Hyundai Ioniq

You usually know when you’re looking at a hybrid or electric car thanks to the least-aerodynamic designs and non-intimidating looks.  With the Hyundai Ioniq, that is not the case. It does a great job at being as unassuming as possible, although it’s a wonderful electric vehicle. A History of the Hyundai Ioniq The Hyundai Ioniq …

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1923 BMW R32

BMW must have been trying to reassociate their brand acronym with the phrase “Best Motorcycle in the World” when they released the R32 in 1923. 

Post WWI Confusion

As a result of the treaty that ended World War I, Germans were no longer allowed to control a standing army larger than a simple peace-keeping force. This drastically reduced the demand for warplanes, leaving BMW with no client base.

Searching for purpose, BMW made a few minor alterations to its factories and began work on automobiles instead of aeronautics. Soon after, the R32 was released with a design that has forever changed the motorcycling world.

Brand New BMW Design Specs

In 1923, the first BMW R32 drove out of the factory and onto the open road with a BMW M2B33 494cc, side-valve, air-cooled, flat-twin engine capable speed up to 59 miles per hour.

More of a cruiser than a supersport speedster, the relatively lightweight (296 pounds wet) rendered the miniscule 8.5 horsepower at 3200rpm subtle more effective, especially when combined with BMW’s leading-link front suspension with cantilever spring and free-standing rear end.

The First of Its Kind

Only one generation of the R32 was ever produced, beginning in 1923 and continuing until 1926, at which point the R32 model was replaced in production by the more advanced and more powerful BMW R42 and BMW R47.

  • BMW R32 (1923-1926)

The engine used in the BMW R32 (the BMW M2B33) was initially invented specifically for use in the R32 line of motorcycles and was among the first motor vehicle engines produced by BMW that wasn’t designed for airplanes.

Still more unique, however, is the bicycle-seat style throne completely lacking a pillion or sidecar of any kind. The seat, instead, resembles a single-person bicycle mount. Moreover, the silhouette of the vehicle makes one wonder if BMW didn’t simply slap a bit of steel around an actual bicycle to make the R32.

News of the R32

Since BMW removed its R32 from production almost 100 years ago, very little news has been stirred up any time recently surrounding the R32. However, its legacy is still somewhat newsworthy.

Not only is the boxer engine still in use today, but the new DC Roadster from BMW even contains the same cooling ribs and ventilators as the R32.

Famous Media

The BMW R32 never really had its 15-seconds of Hollywood fame. There aren’t any major productions on which R32s saw use on a film’s set and few–if any–celebrities ever openly endorsed or even rode a BMW R32.

Social Groups

Finding a social group or even a forum for the BMW R32 might just be one of the most difficult research tasks anybody can accomplish. Unfortunately, the best option for bikers to chat about the R32 or other BMW classics would be to follow the BMW Group Classic page on Facebook.

The BMW R32 – The Father of BMW Design

Many of the design standards that went into construction of the BMW R32 are still the standard today. Despite the R32’s limited success during its time and its minimal production length, the effect that it has had on the world of motorcycling has lasted nearly an entire century, forever changing the way we ride!

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