1961 BMW 980cc R69S Racing Sidecar Outfit
Registration no. MSU 391 (see text)
Frame no. 655518 (see text)
This racing motorcycle outfit takes its identity from a 1961 BMW R69S sports roadster, although its early history is not known. The machine has been modified by the vendor to look like a Max Deubel Rennsport of the mid-1960s and with this in mind has been fitted with conventional rear dampers and suitable streamlining. The BMW was purchased in 1988 from Bill Gilroy, who had raced it in Classic Racing Motorcycle Club events with some success, particularly in wet conditions. Mr Gilroy is recorded as owner on the accompanying old-style Swansea V5 document. A 980cc unit, as fitted to BMW's R100-series roadsters, the engine has been modified to racing specification, the cylinder heads having been ported to accept 1½" Amal GP carburettors and twin-plugged by Bob Newby. The racing 'chair' is by Canterbury. Mechanically, the outfit is described as 'OK but in need of re-commissioning' while the cycle parts are said to require full cosmetic restoration. A potentially most rewarding project and a relatively inexpensive way to go take up historic sidecar racing, the machine is offered with dating letter, expired MoT (1988) and the aforementioned V5.