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BMW R69 1956 600cc 2 cyl ohv


BMW R69 1956 600cc 2 cyl ohv

Manufacturer: BMW

Model: R69

Year: 1956
Displacement: 600 cc
Cylinder: 2
Engine type: 4-stroke / ohv
Bore / Stroke: 72 x 73 mm
Power: 35hp @ 6800 rpm
Weight: 202 kg
Top Speed: 165 km/h

Frame number: 652786
Engine number: 652786

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 updated, 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 swing-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 for 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 R69, produced 35bhp and was good for a top speed of around 102mph.

This powerful and sturdy bike is full equipped with two Bing carburetors and a lot of the BMW two cylinder Boxer charm.