1968 BMW 600cc R69S Frame No. 648929 Engine No. 664706
Lot 440
c.1969 BMW 594cc R69S (see text) Frame no. 648929 Engine no. 664706
Sold for €10,925 (US$ 14,412) inc. premium
Lot Details
c.1969 BMW 594cc R69S (see text)
Registration no. 4564 TE 61
Frame no. 648929
Engine no. 664706
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 up-dated 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 swinging-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 to 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. This restored motorcycle consists of a 1969 R50/2 frame (identical to the R69S type) and an R69S engine dating from 1968, both of which originally formed parts of machines delivered new to France. The machine is offered with French Carte Grise normale.

Footnotes

  • BMW 594 cm3 R69S (voir texte) c.1969
    Immatriculation n° 4564 TE 61
    Cadre n° 648929
    Moteur n° 664706

    Au début des années 1950, BMW se concentra sur la redéfinition de ce qui était essentiellement des types d'avant-guerre pour se trouver en 1955 prêt à offrir de nouvelles machines, les R50 et R69. Respectivement de 500 et 600 cm3, les nouvelles venues héritaient le moteur flat-twin modernisé introduit sur la R51/3 quelques années auparavant, mais installé dans une partie cycle inédite, la rupture la plus notable avec le passé étant la fourche avant à roue poussée type Earles et la suspension arrière oscillante intégrant l'arbre de la transmission finale dans le bras droit, solutions vues pour la première fois sur les motos de course d'usine. Machine de route luxueuse capable de dépasser 160 km/h, la R69 qui coûtait le prix d'une petite voiture familiale se vendit à des passionnés pour qui la dépense comptait peu face à l'excellence de la technique BMW. La R50/69 fut produite jusqu'à l'arrivée en 1961des versions « S » légèrement plus puissantes. La plus grande, la R69 S qui délivrait 42 ch atteignait près de 175 km/h. « Luxueuse routière offrant de magnifiques performances tout en s'intégrant docilement à la circulation ; direction, comportement dynamique et freins superbes » : tel fut le jugement du magazine Motor Cycle. Cette moto restaurée possède un cadre R50/2 1969 (identique au type R69 S) et un moteur R69 S de 1968, éléments provenant tous deux de machines livrées neuves en France. Elle est accompagnée de sa carte grise française normale.

Saleroom notices

  • La machine est vendue avec son certificat d'immatriculation, mais pas la carte grise comme indiquée au catalogue. The machine is offered with a Certificat d'immatriculation, not a Carte Grise as stated in the catalogue.
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