1959 BMW 750cc R69S
Registration no. WLT 171
Frame no. 6555260 (see text)
Engine no. 655001
First registered by BMW importer MLG (Charles Lock), this R69S was previously owned by former sidecar racer, Dave Dickinson. The machine comes with its original logbook in which the frame number is recorded with one digit too many (confirmed by BMW Mobile Tradition) indicating that the matching number on the frame must have been re-stamped at some time. The engine number is believed not to be entirely stamped by BMW, though the '001' part looks genuine
Dave Dickinson was a BMW dealer in Tintern, Monmouthshire in the 1970s and raced sidecars extensively in the UK. He used the engine to compete in the 750cc sidecar class until the early 1970s and then installed it in this R69S roadster, subsequently parading it at the IoM TT and elsewhere. The current vendor bought the machine from Dave in 2005 and had it completely rebuilt by Mick Barr, another former BMW dealer. Featured in the 2008 VMCC calendar, 'WLT 171' is fitted with a rare German-made Buffalo 750cc conversion, 9.5:1 Mahle forged pistons, a Schercher camshaft and Helmut Fath valve springs. Other noteworthy features include a powder-coated frame, Hagon-built wheels, Rex Caunt ignition and cylinder heads by the Cylinder Head Shop.
During the vendor's ownership the BMW has been (daylight) MoT'd annually to 2011 when it was SORN'd. Mileage over the past few years has amounted to only 30-or-so annually. An ideal road or parade bike, described by the private vendor as 'like new', the machine is offered with the aforementioned logbook, Swansea V5C and rebuild receipts totalling over £2,000.