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    Does the Airhead Snow Blower Exist?

    We've been hammered (snow wise) in the lovely Rhein valley the last couple weeks. More of it and earlier in the season this year. Another five inches today. Naturally, while shoveling the drive, thoughts turn to motorized equipment.

    Has anyone ever really seen an airhead powered snow blower?

    Here is the legend:

    http://www.ibmwr.org/r-tech/airheads/snowblower.shtml

    But, does such a machine exist?

    Regards,

    Barron

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    Yep. But if it is a BMW is up for debate...
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    I'm partial to seeing them in flying machines. Here's just one of many attempts.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TS5AxbQXdY4

    and here's an oilhead in flight: What a great sound! This guy really greases his landings

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KGLy1FCWVU&NR=1

    There was a stunning red German oilhead experimental that flew recenlty, unfortunately it crashed and was destroyed.

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    Another example of an airhead powered flying machine -

    http://forums.bmwmoa.org/showthread.php?t=49937

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    It is an airhead (not completely a BMW but a cousin)
    It is close to a snow Blower
    This is the best I can do


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    Quote Originally Posted by robsmoto View Post
    Another example of an airhead powered flying machine -

    http://forums.bmwmoa.org/showthread.php?t=49937
    Way cool. We've got one hanging from the rafters at Pima Air Museum about 10 miles away. I would give a kidney to fly a fully certificated J2 WITH the McCullough on board.

    Never could figure out why they haven't made a comeback.
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    [QUOTE=RonKMiller;640220 I would give a kidney to fly a fully certificated J2 WITH the McCullough on board.

    Is this what people mean when they say they'd "give their left one"? I always thought it was something else.

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    It LIVES!!!

    I knew I had seen this thing somewhere. IT appears in Plowsite, a website dedicated to Street Sweeping and Snow Removal businesses.(more images on the webpage linked)
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    From the valve covers, it appears to be an R51/2.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 20774 View Post
    From the valve covers, it appears to be an R51/2.
    Think automotive, like BMW 600 Isetta or 700. Note the nicely cast fanshroud.

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    ...now that's gettin' her done alright.

    You could either move the snow with that beastie or ride it with this one:
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    Well, that was an interesting exercise.

    I agree, the example pictured, if an airhead, is probably an Isetta, not a motorcycle.

    The airhead powered snowblower I imagined was more elegant than any of the above examples.

    But, if I had to choose, the Indian Nathan posted is the best of the lot.

    Regards,

    Barron
    Last edited by Barron_Williams; 12-25-2010 at 03:38 PM. Reason: Not wanting to offend Indian officianados

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barron_Williams View Post
    I agree, the example pictured, if an airhead, is probably an Isetta, not a motorcycle.
    I'm curious...what provides the clues that it is from an Isetta?
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    Ya gotta love Wikipedia. The earlier BMW manufactured Isetta was powered the BMW R25/3 single. They were also manufactured in Italy (originator (Iso engine(two-stroke))), France(Iso engine), and Brazil(Iso & BMW engines))




    Cool stuff: http://bzisettas.blogspot.com/2009/1...eassembly.html

    In 1955 BMW purchased the body tooling, and a license to manufacture, from Isetta and powered their version (the Isetta 600) with the R67 engine specifically modified (the head was rotated 180?? from the position used in "motorrad" configuration). The transmission package was developed by Porsche. Both of which eventually made their way into the BMW 700

    So, tech-nickly it is an Isetta engine and a BMW engine. .. . . ta-may-to, ta-ma-to... .

    I'm curious...what provides the clues that it is from an Isetta?
    Looks like the valve-cover "spanner", intake tract, and cooling shrouds.
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