Production Model Years
1955 - 1960
Frame and Engine Numbers
652001 - 654955 / 652001 - 654955
Model Specifications
Displacement 594cc
Cylinders 2
Bore x Stroke (mm) 72 x 73
HP @ RPM 35 @ 6800
Compression Ratio 8.0:1
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
Ignition Magneto
Spark Plugs Bosch W240
Generator Noris 60/6/1500 6V 60W
Capacities & Measurements
Weight 202kg
Fuel 17l
Wheelbase 1415mm
Top Speed 165kph
Number Produced 2955
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Model & Build Dates Update

guest's picture

Hi, I can help you update an extra line with my bike's information:

BMW R 69 Serial number 652069 that was manufactured on April 30th 1955 and delivered to the BMW importer Butler & Smith on May 4th 1955.

Best regards,
Luis Baron

R69 Model & Build Dates

rallyedave's picture

Here is another entry.
The BMW R69 VIN 652524 was manufactured on April 16th, 1956 and delivered on July 24th, 1956 to the BMW importer Butler & Smith in New York City. The bike was delivered as a solo bike, the original colour was black.
Thanks, Dave.

R69 Model & Build Date update

gray7252's picture

If anyone is updating this registry. BMW R69 VIN 652240. Manufactured: July 25, 1955. Delivered: Aug. 05, 1955 to Butler & Smith NYC.

BMW r69 disassembled for sale 652526

guest's picture

Hi I have a r69 I just bought from an estate sale. Diss assembled and has new pistons and other parts in BMW boxes. looking to sell.


guest's picture

I posted the r69 for sale, my e-mail is

R69 model and build update

mike's picture

My serial number is for my 1958 R69 and is 653508. It was manufactured on January 16, 1958 and delivered to Butler and Smith on March 8, 1958.


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