1969 BMW 590cc R60/2 Frame no. 1817433 Engine no. 1817433
Lot 340*
1969 BMW 590cc R60/2
Frame no. 1817433 Engine no. 1817433
Sold for £5,520 (US$ 8,859) inc. premium

Lot Details
1969 BMW 590cc R60/2 Frame no. 1817433 Engine no. 1817433 1969 BMW 590cc R60/2 Frame no. 1817433 Engine no. 1817433
1969 BMW 590cc R60/2
Frame no. 1817433
Engine no. 1817433
At the end of 1954, BMW dropped its existing trio of flat twins - the R51/3, R67/2 and R68 - replacing them with the R50 and R69. The engines were little altered, significant changes being concentrated on the frame and cycle parts, which now featured an Earles-type leading link front fork and swinging-arm rear suspension. The R67/2, a lower-compression model much favoured by sidecarists, was not replaced until the arrival for 1956 of the R60, which used a low-compression version of the R69 engine. The sidecar market remained an important one for BMW, and the new front fork's bottom link incorporated alternative mounting points giving suitable trail should a 'chair' be attached. In 1960 the flat-twins range was revised as the '/2', most of the changes being inside the engine which received a strengthened crankcase and crankshaft, hard-chromed piston rings, improved internal ventilation, new cam followers and a stronger clutch assembly. The R60/2's compression ratio went up from 6.5:1 to 7.5:1, boosting peak power to 30PS (29.6hp SAE). This particular R60/2 carries a South African tax disc that expired in February 2013, which may be taken to indicate that it was in use relatively recently. The machine is offered with photocopied instruction manual, dating certificate, sundry invoices and 1997 Natal Classic Motorcycle Rally finisher's certificate. A spare seat, crash bars, miscellaneous literature and some spare parts are included in the sale.

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