Production Model Years
1961 - 1969
Frame and Engine Numbers
655004 - 666320 / 655004 - 666320
Model Specifications
Displacement 594cc
Cylinders 2
Bore x Stroke (mm) 72 x 73
HP @ RPM 42 @ 7000
Compression Ratio 9.5:1
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 (R69S)
Hydraulically damped telescopic fork (R69US)
Rear Suspension Twin shock swingarm
Front Brakes 200mm drum, dual leading shoe
Rear Brakes 200mm drum, single leading shoe
Ignition Magneto
Spark Plugs Bosch W260 (W260T2 for LK heads 1967-69)
Generator Bosch LJ/CGE 60/6/1700 6V 60W
Capacities & Measurements
Weight 202kg
Fuel 17l
Wheelbase 1415mm (1450mm in sidecar configuration)
Top Speed 175kph
Number Produced 11317

R69US model produced from 1967-69 and serial numbers not distinguished.

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1962 R69S vin 656963

Speedmeister61's picture

For your info-656963 was manufactured on April 24th 1962 and delivered on May 15th 1962 to Butler & Smith in NY city

R69s VIN 657795

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I want to verify that this is valid VIN

VIN 663982

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When was this machine manufactured and delivered.



svjamesSANTE's picture

according to the PDF 657730 looks to be a 1963 not a 1964 correct?

Looking for 655028.

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1961 r69s My dad is the original owner. It was brokered about a year and a half ago by blue moon
This is the sales ad for the actual bike.

At the very least I'd like to find the current owner and get them my contact info so ican be first in line if they decide to part with it. Thanks

how to determine the year my bmw motorcycle was built.

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it is a r69s with 658506 stamped on motor and frame

BMW R69S 656498

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Serial number 656498 engine and frame. How do I determine date of manufacture? I just perchased this bike and am finishing up a few details after a ground up restoration of 5 years and using principally German manufacured parts. Any information would be helpful.

Thank You,

Peter A Frick
Kansas City Missouri

offered on ebay 6/2015

nedhoey's picture

There is a R69US for sale on ebay with the SN 664224. That is 92 less than my 664316 R69US so depending on the pace of production, probably built in early Fall of 1967.

Matching numbers

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Hello from Barcelona, I have a question related to R69S frame and engine numbers.

Must be exactly the same number? Or being within the range exposed in the pdf below it is ok?

Thanks for your help.

finding my manuf. date

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r69s need to find out my manufacturing date. vin 663889 it would be great if someone could tell me it or tell me how to find it. thanks alvin


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Hi Alvin mine is 663923 first reg 27/3/68 hope that helps to get you a bit nearer Andy T


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Hi Alvin mine is 663923 first reg 27/3/68 hope that helps to get you a bit nearer Andy T

Manufacturers date for #658885

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Would love to find information about mine

Get the build date, other info from BMW

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BMW has a free service and will tell you what they know about your bike. Just send an email with your frame and motor numbers to

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

R69S Frame ID plates

pfetter's picture

I have come across two frame ID plates for R69S. One is for 656135 and the other 662757. Before I put them on Ebay thought I would run it by everyone here in case someone is listening that is missing either one for their bike

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1966 R69S Vin 660544

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The BMW R 69 S VIN 660544 was manufactured on September 21st, 1965 and delivered on September 30th, 1965 to the BMW importer Butler & Smith in New York City.

1963 R69S VIN 657460

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Is there anywhere on the web that date of manufacture can be determined given the VIN?

The VIN lookup function at doesn't seem to work with 6 digit VINs.

Thanks in advance,



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Hi Alvin mine is 663923 27/3/1968 if that helps any Andy T

What bike do i have?

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Have a BMW I believe to be a 1967 R69. Can not find the number on engine but have one on the frame. 4842225. Any information on the bike would be helpful. I am getting ready to restore it.

'67 R69S

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Hi, my 1967 R69S is 662791 Yours should only have 6 digits. Most likely will start with 66 and the rest is yours. Your numbers should be found on the frame head, right side, and engine block, again right side. That's sitting on the bike. If you're missing the frame plate at the steering head, you should still have the other two locations for your v.i.n. Hope this helps, Alyson

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