FOR SALE: 1959 BMW R69

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This R69 is quite a rare sight to behold because BMW only manufactured around 2800 of them in the 5 year period between 1955-1960. With such a low volume of units being produced and sold, it has cemented this motorcycle as a historic hallmark of the BMW brand following its first production motorcycle, the R32; both blazing the trail to BMW’s universal success today.



This R69, in particular, has been fully restored by Country Rode Motorwerks – a dealership located in Fairport, New York – before they sold it to its current owner in 2004.



The motorcycle produces its power from a 594cc flat-twin married to a 4-speed transmission. The engine was completely rebuilt from the ground up by Country Rode Motorwerks with new pistons, bearings, valves, timing gears, seals, and a ton of other parts.



Although this bike is quickly approaching what many would consider ‘ancient artifact status’, the five-digit odometer is only showing around 2000 miles although the total mileage is unknown.



A cool little additional accessory you’ll get with the motorcycle is the original tool roll/package that includes BMW shop rags, a set of tools, and a few more extras.



At the time of writing, this 1959 BMW R69 is live on bringatrailer.com; current bidding is at $11,000 USD with 4 days remaining on the auction. Hagerty has this motorcycle valued in “excellent” condition at approximately $16,500 USD.

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That is an R69S not a run of the mill R69 which was BMW's bread & butter bike all those years. Those production numbers jive with those for the S. The S has only two fins on the cyl head cover while the normal R69 has four. It had bigger carbs (24 vs 26 mm) and a hotter cam that actually closed the intake valve after TDC....wow! The solo seat was only fitted on Euro models but a lot of American owners made the switch just to get that look. The American bikes came with what I call "the fat ass American dual saddle."

I owned an '67 S model for years and sold it last year to a collector in WA state. :)
 

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The R69S debuted as a 1960 model but with only these pictures to go by the air cleaner is a telltale for an R69. The air cleaner cover was a little bigger on the S and it kind of looked like a 1 qt saucepan instead of the R69’s rounded “top of a teapot” shape.

2 rib valve covers showed first on the R68 and this engine carried over to the R69. The S added higher compression pistons and freer flowing intake ports but had the same 26mm Bing carbs from the 68/69.

These arcane details from a couple of BMW history books in my collection.
 
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