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1959 BMW R69 Motorcycle

  • Fewer than 3,000 R69s produced over a six-year run
  • 594cc horizontally opposed twin-cylinder engine
  • Powerful, luxurious, and comfortable touring bike
  • Hinged rear fender for swift rear-wheel service

VIN: 653723

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In the early 1950s, BMW concentrated on refining what were essentially its pre-war designs, but by 1955, they were ready with a fleet of new machines in the new R50 and R69 series. Of 500cc and 600cc respectively, the newcomers inherited BMW's traditional flat-twin engine but with a few notable improvements. One of the most important updates was using the Earles-type leading-link front fork and swinging rear arm suspension that enclosed the driveshaft in the right leg, a direct development from BMW's racing program. Power came from the 594cc horizontally opposed twin-cylinder engine and the R69 was advertised as producing a strong 35 horsepower, delivering power to the rear wheel via a four-speed gearbox. Considered a luxury touring motorcycle, it had enough power to safely take its driver well over the 100-mph mark. But the R69 was not inexpensive and, when introduced, was priced about equal to a small family sedan. However, BMW's marketing was aimed at those who were a bit more discerning; those who wanted performance and excellence in BMW's engineering and were willing to pay for proven results.

During its six-year run from 1955 to 1960, just 2,819 R69s were produced. This example appears to be in a state of well-preserved originality. Showing just under 26,550 miles, which appear to be from new, this R69 looks to be wearing its factory applied black paint with white accent panels on the fuel tank. Features include the original Earles fork which delivers a steady and reassuring ride. Set up for solo riding, the wide saddle seat is securely mounted to the tubular frame with a single handlebar-mounted rearview mirror positioned for safety and security. When the need for service to the rear drive wheel is needed, there is the convenience of the hinged rear fender. Presented as an original motorcycle, it does display a light patina of use, but exhibits few scuffs, scrapes, or other signs of road rash. There is a certain prestige with owning a motorcycle with superb engineering, outstanding performance, beauty, and the rarity of the BMW R69, of which this is an excellent example. To find a preserved R69 in this condition is an opportunity that a true enthusiast should not ignore.

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