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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The first of its kind, the BMW R32 set the stage for an entire era of innovation and design. 

Arguably the founding father of motorcycles, the BMW R32 pioneered the transition from automobiles and motorized bicycles to the world of motorcycles, superbikes, and scooters we know today.

Pioneering History

BMW first began producing motorcycles under the name BMW Motorrad in 1923, seven years after being founded. With the end of the first World War resulting in total chaos for the German economy, BMW was effectively crippled.

With that first motorcycle hitting the market, that was all about to change. While things did not turn around for all of Germany for another 10 or 20 years, the introduction of the BMW R32 in 1923 brought much-needed change for the better to BMW.

The First of Its Kind

The BMW R32 ushered in a new era of motor vehicle design, particularly for BMW, which had never produced a motorcycle prior thereto. Of course, this motorcycle today would be much more likely to be mistaken for a bicycle than a motorcycle.

The BMW R32’s frame and bicycle-style seat might appear similar in aesthetic to bicycles, but the frame is actually a twin-loop, steel tubular frame. The seat, however, actually is a modified bicycle seat.

One Generation that Impacted All Those to Come

Only one generation of the BMW R32 was ever produced, however, it pioneered a design that would be used for the entire history of BMW.

BMW R32 (1923-1926)

BMW Motorrad’s first ever motorcycle was powered by a four-stroke, two-cylinder, horizontally-opposed Boxer, pushrod-actuated, four-valve engine with a 494cc displacement, and an incredibly mild 5.0:1 compression ratio.

The design of the BMW R32’s engine was so revolutionary for the time that certain parts of its technology would go on to be used in every other BMW motorcycle until the introduction of the F650 series in 1994. In fact, this design is still in use in all of BMW’s boxer engines today.

The Legacy Continues

As of 2019, the legacy of the BMW’s twin-cylinder boxer engine continues in the frames of countless R-series motorcycles on the market.

The Center of Attention

The BMW R32, either directly or indirectly, has been the center of attention in motorcycle history for almost 100 years. It has even gotten its own documentary!

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There aren’t very many R32s left in existence, let alone cruising the open roads (thanks to modern admissions standards). Not to mention, why would somebody risk damage to a collector’s bike like the R32?

BMW R32 – The First BMW Motorrad

BMW Motorrad has been producing high-quality motorcycles now for almost 100 years and the legacy continues. Even after BMW stops using the boxer engines they invented for the R32, the legacy will continue.

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