1964 BMW 500cc R50/2
Frame no. 636239
Engine no. 636239
Complete restoration by TR Restoration
Striking Granada red color combination
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 (nominally) 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 innovations 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. Luxury tourers, the R50 and R69 sold to discerning enthusiasts to whom expense mattered little when set against the excellence of BMW engineering.
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 enclosing the drive-shaft in the right leg - developments first seen on the works racers. Luxury tourers, the R50 and R69 sold to discerning enthusiasts to whom expense mattered little when set against the excellence of BMW engineering. Production finished in 1969 in model year 1964 BMW built some 3,817 R50s.
This gorgeous red R50 is another jewel from TR Restoration of Pratt, Kansas. Once again very little is known of the bike's early life. What is known is that when found by Terry Richardson it was in dire straights. And once again it has been restored from the ground up complete disassembly, that is - to near perfection. You may notice the red foot pegs these were red when the bike was rescued, clearly the mysterious owner's preference. And so they have stayed put, red. Nearly 55 years later the R50 is still a stable, comfortable, quality ride. A joyous riding experience in the extreme.