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BMW R51 tourer spotted in Greece
A leisurely tour around the Mediterranean must be one of the all-time best motorcycle adventures. And whoever owns this bike is doing it in style. It was spotted in Greece, which is apparently a mecca for old BMWs: many were left behind when the German army pulled out of the country in the Second World War. This lightly-tweaked tourer, however, appears to be a later model from outside the country. A BMW-owning friend reckons it’s a BMW R51/3, with the 24 hp 500cc flat-twin motor and ‘plunger’ rear suspension. The photo was taken by one of our eagle-eyed readers, Franck, on the small island of Alonissos—and digging around makes me think it’s a 1951 or 1952 model, due to the half-width front brake drums. I’m not sure I’d want to be perched on that pillion for any length of time, but it’s a classy way to explore the Med. [Image: Franck Robin. Thanks also to Adam Leddin.]