Production Model Years
1961 - 1969
Frame and Engine Numbers
630001 - 649037 / 630001 - 649037
Model Specifications
Displacement 497cc
Cylinders 2
Bore x Stroke (mm) 68 x 68
HP @ RPM 26 @ 5800
Compression Ratio 7.5:1
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 (R50/2)
Hydraulically damped telescopic fork (R50US)
Rear Suspension Twin shock swingarm
Front Brakes 200mm drum, dual leading shoe
Rear Brakes 200mm drum, single leading shoe
Ignition Magneto
Spark Plugs Bosch W240 (W240T2 for LK heads 1967-69)
Generator Bosch LJ/CGE 60/6/1700 6V 60W
Capacities & Measurements
Weight 195kg
Fuel 17l
Wheelbase 1415mm (1450mm in sidecar configuration)
Top Speed 140kph
Number Produced 19037

R50US models produced 1967-69 and serial numbers not distinguished.

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New Owner of a 1967 R50

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I am a new owner of a R50/2 1967. This bike needs quite a bit of work. Where is the best place to find parts and what is the best manual to obtain?

Thank you

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Can you add my R50/2 to the listing?
1965 50/2 S/n 638713
Mfg 11-1964, sold to B&S 2-1965

Police Motors

radebaugh7498's picture

I have a 1963 Police issue R-50. Any photos or info would be greatly appreciated. I am in the process of restoring now.


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How many 1969 R50US models were produced?

I don't believe that BMW has

Darryl.Richman's picture

I don't believe that BMW has ever distinguished US from /2 production for any of the models. Anecdotally, it seems that most of the production that landed in the US in 1968 and 1969 were US models, but BMW continued to produce many /2 bikes for domestic and rest of the world consumption.

--Darryl Richman
"Bling is not made in Germany" --OTL, 12/05

Add mine too if you wish

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BMW R50/2
VIN 642602
Manufactured on July 11th, 1966 and delivered on July 18th, 1966 to the BMW importer Butler & Smith in New York City. The bike was equipped with a bench seat.

I own 662628 and 636644. The

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I own 662628 and 636644. The former is an R69S purchased New by me from Ewing Hill Buysse, a dealer in Vermont.I believe I am the fourth owner of the other bike, an R50/2 now totally restored. The R69S is unrestored wth 20,000 miles on it. Oil changes have been at 500 mile intervals. The engine has never been disassembled. The heads have never been removed.

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