Production Model Years
1955 - 1960
Frame and Engine Numbers
550001 - 563515 / 550001 - 563515
Model Specifications
Drivetrain
Displacement 497cc
Cylinders 2
Bore x Stroke (mm) 68 x 68
HP @ RPM 26 @ 5800
Compression Ratio 6.8:1
Valves OHV, 2 per cylinder
Clutch Dry, single plate, cable operated
Transmission 4 speed, foot shifted
Final Drive Driveshaft
Running Gear
Frame Tubular steel double cradle
Front Suspension Earles type swingarm fork
Rear Suspension Twin shock swingarm
Front Brakes 200mm drum, dual leading shoe
Rear Brakes 200mm drum, single leading shoe
Electrical
Ignition Magneto
Spark Plugs Bosch W240
Generator Noris 60/6/1500 6V 60W
Capacities & Measurements
Weight 195kg
Fuel 17l
Wheelbase 1415mm (1450mm in sidecar configuration)
Top Speed 140kph
Number Produced 13510
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Comments

Update on 1959 R50 Stolen from me in 1969, recovered 2011!

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I see on your S/N list that you occasionally record factory comments. Along with a picture of my renovated R50, here is the factory response I received when I inquired about my BMW:
"......
The VIN 561015 belongs to a BMW R 50 which was manufactured on September 1st, 1959 and delivered the same day to the german BMW dealer Göhler in Karlsruhe. The bike was equipped with a bench seat. Further details are not mentioned in our records, so we cannot confirm if and when it may have been exported to the US. In any case this must have been a private import and the bike shouldn’t be gone through Butler & Smith....."

Andreas Harz"
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WAY GmbH
Andreas Harz
Leopoldstraße 244
80807 München
Url.: http://www.way-services.com/

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Hi I got a BMW R50 with

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Hi I got a BMW R50 with Engine no. 654352, I wonder what year is this?

Billy

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