1969 BMW R69US Frame no. 1818505 Engine no. 1818505

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Lot 166
1969 BMW R60US
Frame no. 1818505 Engine no. 1818505

Sold for US$ 6,325 inc. premium
1969 BMW R60US
Frame no. 1818505
Engine no. 1818505
From its introduction in 1960, even before the addition of the telescopic forks, the so-called /2 version of the R60 had much to recommend. Uprated with a stronger bottom-end and higher-compression pistons, the 594cc motor gave some 30bhp at 5,800rpm. Granted, BMW's 600s ceded the performance high ground to other makes – but according to Cycle World. "Whatever the BMW's merits in a contest of speed, it is still the smoothest, best finished, quietest and cleanest motorcycle it has ever been our pleasure to ride...to be honest, we think that anyone who would worry much over its performance potential is a bit of a booby... All things considered, if we were planning a two-wheel vacation-tour, the BMW would have to be our choice of mount."

This particular R60US, an original-paint, matching-numbers machine, is from the last year of production. It is equipped with a Denfeld folding luggage rack, an almost ubiquitous period accessory, and is fitted with low-rise Euro handlebars, a factory option favored by sporting riders. The bike was acquired in 2015 from the previous owner who kept it for almost 20 years. Showing 41,000 miles, it was in need of some mechanical TLC, which included rebored cylinders and new 72.5mm pistons, recut valve seats, new Bing carbs, a replica stainless-steel exhaust system, and replacement coil, condenser and points. In all some $4,500 was lavished on the bike – parts and service receipts for the work involved to be included in the sale. Also conveyed to the new owner will be the key to the gas-tank tool box and an original rider's instruction manual.

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1969 BMW R69US Frame no. 1818505 Engine no. 1818505
1969 BMW R69US Frame no. 1818505 Engine no. 1818505
1969 BMW R69US Frame no. 1818505 Engine no. 1818505
1969 BMW R69US Frame no. 1818505 Engine no. 1818505
1969 BMW R69US Frame no. 1818505 Engine no. 1818505
1969 BMW R69US Frame no. 1818505 Engine no. 1818505
1969 BMW R69US Frame no. 1818505 Engine no. 1818505
1969 BMW R69US Frame no. 1818505 Engine no. 1818505
1969 BMW R69US Frame no. 1818505 Engine no. 1818505
1969 BMW R69US Frame no. 1818505 Engine no. 1818505
1969 BMW R69US Frame no. 1818505 Engine no. 1818505
1969 BMW R69US Frame no. 1818505 Engine no. 1818505
1969 BMW R69US Frame no. 1818505 Engine no. 1818505
1969 BMW R69US Frame no. 1818505 Engine no. 1818505
1969 BMW R69US Frame no. 1818505 Engine no. 1818505
1969 BMW R69US Frame no. 1818505 Engine no. 1818505
1969 BMW R69US Frame no. 1818505 Engine no. 1818505
1969 BMW R69US Frame no. 1818505 Engine no. 1818505
1969 BMW R69US Frame no. 1818505 Engine no. 1818505
1969 BMW R69US Frame no. 1818505 Engine no. 1818505
1969 BMW R69US Frame no. 1818505 Engine no. 1818505
1969 BMW R69US Frame no. 1818505 Engine no. 1818505
1969 BMW R69US Frame no. 1818505 Engine no. 1818505
1969 BMW R69US Frame no. 1818505 Engine no. 1818505
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