Powered by an R100/7 motor
1967 BMW 980cc R60/2
Frame no. 1810573
Engine no. 6170446
While love of vintage machines runs deep, there is certainly no rider out there who has wished for the sleek looks and design of their favorite vintage ride with the power and reliability of a more modern machine. Every once and again, someone goes out and builds that machine. Such is the offered lot.
The R60/2 carried much of the style of its legendary predecessors such as the R69 and R50, with the major changes being to the motor. This R60/2, which was sans motor at the point of acquisition, was reinvigorated with the beating heart of a late-1979 R100/7. BMW upped the capacity of its range-topping flat-twins to 980cc for the 1977 season in the form of the '/7' series, with 60bhp version of the new engine appearing in the 100/7 and currently powering this bike.
The power, fully double the amount originally generated by the R60/2 594cc twin, is routed through the R100/7's 5-speed transmission. The front fork has been changed from the old Earles-type leading link to that of a more modern R90S. The rear end maintains its original swinging-arm rear suspension.
Work was completed by Larry Junge of Bavarian Cream Restorations, the restorer of the proceeding lot, just one year hence. The cost to replicate it would no doubt exceed the estimate, and as such it represents an enormous value. Just think, you can complete the package with an old-style riding jacket (fitted with the most modern safety padding) and an old-style helmet (of newer construction)giving you all of the style of a classic machine with all of the power and reliability of a much more modern conveyance!