1969 BMW 597cc R69US
Lot 110
1969 BMW 594cc R69US Frame no. 665904 Engine no. 665904
Sold for €11,500 (US$ 14,676) inc. premium

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1969 BMW 594cc R69US
Frame no. 665904
Engine no. 665904
In the early 1950s BMW concentrated on refining what were essentially pre-war designs, but by 1955 was ready with a brace of new machines, the R50 and R69. Of 500cc and 600cc respectively, the newcomers inherited the updated, flat-twin engine introduced on the R51/3 a few years previously but deployed this in all-new cycle parts, the most notable departures from preceding practice being the Earles-type, leading-link front fork and swing-arm rear suspension enclosing the drive-shaft in the right leg - developments first seen on the works racers. A luxury tourer capable of over 100mph, the R69 cost as much as a small family car and sold to discerning enthusiasts for whom expense mattered little when set against the excellence of BMW engineering. The R50/69 were produced until the arrival of the slightly more powerful 'S' versions for 1961. The larger of these, the R69S, produced 42bhp and was good for a top speed of around 110mph. 'Luxury roadster with superb high-speed performance yet docile traffic manners; magnificent steering, roadholding and brakes,' was Motor Cycle magazine's verdict. Towards the end of production, the telescopic front fork developed for the forthcoming '/5' range became available as an option on machines sold in the North American market, models so-equipped being designated 'US'.

The current (third) owner purchased this R69US in 1993 from Gary Milstein of Independence, Ohio, USA via BMW Motorrad of St Louis, Missouri (see correspondence and bill of sale on file) who totally restored the machine in 1989, with the engine being rebuilt again in 1998 by Ulli's Motorrad Laden in Frankfurt am Main (invoice available). The machine is described by the private vendor as in 'perfect' condition, benefiting from new tyres, tubes, battery, fresh oils and a tune-up in the spring of 2011. In addition to the aforementioned documentation the machine is offered with State of Ohio Certificate of Title, export paperwork and European registration papers.

Als luxuriöse Tourenmaschine kostete die R69 so viel wie ein Kleinwagen. In der S-Version leistete sie 42 PS und war gut für eine Spitzengeschwindigkeit von über 175 km/h, und die Fachzeitschrift 'Motor Cycle' bescheinigte ihr "Hervorragende Hochgeschwingkeits-Eigenschaften, verbunden mit angenehmem Fahrverhalten in allen Verkehrssituationen, sowie ausgezeichneter Lenkung und Bremsen". Gegen Produktionsende stand die für die zukünftige '/5'-Version entwickelte Teleskopgabel zur Verfügung und wurde als Option für den Nord-Amerikanischen Markt offeriert. So ausgestattete Maschine erhielten die Bezeichnung 'R69US'. Bei dem hier angebotenen Exemplar handelt es sich um eine R69US, die vom heutigen (dritten) Besitzer im Jahr 1993 bei "BMW Motorrad of St.Louis, Missouri, erworben wurde. Belege hierzu liegen vor. 1989 restauriert, erfolgte im Jahr 1998 eine Motorrevision, zu der die Rechnung vorhanden ist. Von ihrem Besitzer als 'perfekt' beschrieben, erhielt die BMW im Frühling 2011 neue Reifen und Schläuche, eine neue Batterie, sowie einen Wechsel aller Flüssigkeiten und einen Motorservice. Zusätzlich zu den bereits erwähnten Unterlagen gehören der Ohio-'Title', den US-Exportpapieren.
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