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    1960 R-26 just purchased



    Just took possession of a 1960 R-26 that has been in storage for many years. The VIN #366122. 13,000 miles from what the speedo and the title shows, which I realize could be far from the truth, or I might have lucked into a really nice bike. Everything is original...even the rust! Reaching out to any other R-25,26 or 27 owners. Need tips on manuals, parts, etc.

    Many thanks!

    Wayne

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    Wayne, congrats! So I guess you decided to go for it, huh!

    As for pointing you in the right direction, my suggestions would be:

    - Vech at Benchmark Works http://www.benchmarkworks.com in Sturgis, Mississippi...he's the go-to guy for everything here in the US
    - there's another vintage forum at http://www.vintagebmw.org/v7/forum - free to join, but there's a nice quarterly magazine and additional areas of the forum that members get to use
    - a forum in Germany that has one area for us English speakers at http://bmw-einzylinder.de/forum/index.php - also free to join and if you can figure out things in German, there are some really good areas on the website (http://cms.bmw-einzylinder.de/) to get handbooks and other documents.
    - yet another mono cylinder forum at https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/bmw-mono-club/info - free but hasn't been too active; things only liven up when someone posts about their issues.

    The neat thing about the German forum is that a lot of the singles never really were popular in the US and so many stayed in Europe. The guys on the Einzylinder forum really know their stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 20774 View Post
    Wayne, congrats! So I guess you decided to go for it, huh!

    As for pointing you in the right direction, my suggestions would be:

    - Vech at Benchmark Works http://www.benchmarkworks.com in Sturgis, Mississippi...he's the go-to guy for everything here in the US
    - there's another vintage forum at http://www.vintagebmw.org/v7/forum - free to join, but there's a nice quarterly magazine and additional areas of the forum that members get to use
    - a forum in Germany that has one area for us English speakers at http://bmw-einzylinder.de/forum/index.php - also free to join and if you can figure out things in German, there are some really good areas on the website (http://cms.bmw-einzylinder.de/) to get handbooks and other documents.
    - yet another mono cylinder forum at https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/bmw-mono-club/info - free but hasn't been too active; things only liven up when someone posts about their issues.

    The neat thing about the German forum is that a lot of the singles never really were popular in the US and so many stayed in Europe. The guys on the Einzylinder forum really know their stuff.
    Hey Kurt,

    I was following the auction on Ebay and realized that not many people were following this bike....which sometimes happens on Ebay. Most of the R-25, R-26 and R-27's bring around $5K-$8K, so this one was under the radar. I really appreciate the links you sent. I wish I was fluent in German! I might be able to find someone local to interpret, as the area where I live is a second home to many German tourists.

    I'll post a few pictures tomorrow, if I can figure out the site.

    Cheers!

    Wayne

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    German translation

    Quote Originally Posted by flyloandslo View Post
    Hey Kurt,

    I really appreciate the links you sent. I wish I was fluent in German! I might be able to find someone local to interpret, as the area where I live is a second home to many German tourists.

    Wayne
    Actually you don't have to be fluent in German (or any other language for that matter).

    I use Google Chrome for a browser (you can down load it if you don't have it) and if you look in the far right end of the URL address bar you will see two little boxes. Load up the German site and Click on the little boxes and it will translate the page into English. Give it a try. It may also work with other browsers but I don't know where the controls in them.

    Dave in IL.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ripperfarms View Post
    I use Google Chrome for a browser (you can down load it if you don't have it) and if you look in the far right end of the URL address bar you will see two little boxes. Load up the German site and Click on the little boxes and it will translate the page into English.
    I just looked at my Chrome browser and didn't see those boxes. I normally use IE. That said, I agree that google does a good job of translating. I will cut-n-paste a post or something into their Translate app to get from German to English. You can paste the URL of the German site into the translate box and it will return a link that you click on to get an English translation. A bit cumbersome, though.

    One time on the Einzylinder site, I mentioned that I was missing out on all of the other German postings. One of the members responded "You aren't missing much!". Guess things sometimes can be the same on both sides of the pond!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 20774 View Post
    I just looked at my Chrome browser and didn't see those boxes. I normally use IE. That said, I agree that google does a good job of translating. I will cut-n-paste a post or something into their Translate app to get from German to English. You can paste the URL of the German site into the translate box and it will return a link that you click on to get an English translation. A bit cumbersome, though.

    One time on the Einzylinder site, I mentioned that I was missing out on all of the other German postings. One of the members responded "You aren't missing much!". Guess things sometimes can be the same on both sides of the pond!
    Did you go to the German site first before you tried to translate it?

    Just a thought. I had a 61 R27. Bought several parts from Vetch (Bench Mark Works) they seem to be one of the best in old BMWs.

    Dave

    I just right clicked on the German site and opened it in a new tab (in Chrome) and the little boxes appeared.
    1966 R50/2 with Jawa/Velorex sidecar

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