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Hello my name is Peter, I am from Bavaria Germany but have been living Near Chattanooga TN for the past two years working on the construction of a new factory. I cut my teeth on a POS 50cc Vespa when I was a kid, My Dad had a Horex Regina that I learned to shift on, and I got a dirt bike when I moved to the States but recently found myself without a bike. A co-worker of mine is a vintage motorcycle nut and encouraged me to take a dive into the world of antique motorcycles.

I decided upon a /2. They were made in my home state in Munich and really capture the feel of days gone by, at least for me. I have been searching for and R50 or R60 (R69 is too expensive) for a few months and found one on the IBMWR site.

Here is the fun part. Although the bike is well sorted out and had recent service, it’s up in New England, 1000 miles from me. My plan is to fly up there and drive it back. I plan on it taking three days – and that’s if I don’t run into trouble. Three hundred fifty miles a day and avoiding major highways. My travel book identifies a route that roughly follows the Appalachian Trail, as I get further south I hit the Blue Ridge Parkway.

If anyone has some advice on cool roads to take or areas to avoid I would really appreciate it. Advice on spending three days on a /2 would also be welcome (do I need to wrap the Denfeld solo with bubble wrap Smile and finally if anyone would be willing to help if I do run into trouble, that would be wonderful. I am not much of mechanic…yet.

I plan on chronicling my journey and look forward to sharing my adventure with you. Thank you in advance for any advice or encouragement you can offer.

Peter

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Welcome!

Interesting. I grew up in Knoxville and my first motorcycle was a Horex Regina.

You've chosen a good bike and a good route. If you are using secondary roads, you may find that four days is more comfortable than three, unless you are willing to put in some long days. A thousand miles in three days is not a lot, but you will find your speed quite limited in places. I think the limit on the Parkway is 45mph, and much of the time you will be going even slower.

I look forward to reading about your trip!

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Wow, what a cool adventure!

Wow, what a cool adventure! And somewhat brave considering it'll be on an unfamiliar machine! I have a Denfeld solo on my R69, and although I haven't ridden it for very long with that seat, I can say it's surprisingly comfortable without bubble wrap! Enjoy and also look forward to hearing about your trip. --Nic

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Congratulations...really

Congratulations...really stepping into the adventure area right away! I don't see where you said what the bike was. Can you provide more input on what "well sorted out and recent service" mean? Do you know by who? If I knew there hadn't been any service done, I'd probably as a minimum drop engine oil and drive train gear oil and replace with new. But if you're comfortable that was done, maybe bypass that. What about the tires? Can you verify the date code so see they're not really old tires?

As for contacting people, I was say that if you have troubles and can get cell/internet service, come back here and post the issue. We might be able to help from afar or find someone who can come by.

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Post some photos of the bike

Post some photos of the bike and the trip.

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brave man

I suggest you get a copy of BMW owners anonymous 2014 book and take with you. To fly in and ride out a bike of that age without seeing it could be great or could be a disaster . I hope you are not on a strict time line of 3 days . Parts and pieces for that bike would be almost impossible find on hand at most dealers , if something were to happen. If the engine slingers are not clean that ride could spell the end of the engine.
I would say you need to be prepared for worst and hope for the best . Good luck and please post your progress as it would make great reading .
Tony

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surprise bit of trivia

Mendonjo wrote:

I decided upon a /2. They were made in my home state in Munich

Just a tidbit of info about that... I believe the motorcycles were produced at a Berlin factory during the 1960s.

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Thanks for the responses

Thanks for the responses guys, The bike is a 1965 R/60. Here is the ad from the IBMWR site

1965 R60/2 FOR SALE...
1965 BMW R60/2 w/Earl’s front end…Running, register & inspected with 53k. Title application in progress will have in hand by the end of the month.
Slinger service completed along with rings & pistons, cam & crank bearings, resurfaced clutch, & trued stator all completed at 47k.
Steering head bearing, both wheel bearings, heads serviced, & transmission input shaft seal, all completed at 50k.
Original chrome rims trued, final drive re-sealed, HD front springs installed, all completed in 2014.
Alloy oil pan. Speedo, odometer, & trip meter all work. Tires are in excellent condition.Overall bike is a nice daily rider with the potential to be more.
See more at

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Location

nedhoey wrote:
Mendonjo wrote:

I decided upon a /2. They were made in my home state in Munich

Just a tidbit of info about that... I believe the motorcycles were produced at a Berlin factory during the 1960s.

I think the move to Berlin was in the late sixties to begin production of the /5 series

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Both right

Mendonjo wrote:
nedhoey wrote:
Mendonjo wrote:

I decided upon a /2. They were made in my home state in Munich

Just a tidbit of info about that... I believe the motorcycles were produced at a Berlin factory during the 1960s.

I think the move to Berlin was in the late sixties to begin production of the /5 series

Motorcycle parts production had been greatly increased in 1959 by shifting to Berlin and and after an incremental transition, full assembly commenced in 1966 according to BMW's website. So we're kinda both right. I've seen a photo of the Berlin assembly line that's all /2 machines but that is approaching the end of the era. The spirit of his sentiment is totally justified. Most /2s were indeed built in Munich.

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trip

It sounds like an overhauled bike , providing it was done correctly and we must assume it was it should be great. I would still take 4 extra spark plugs and if you could a new coil ,point and condenser for back up.
take a quart of correct oil and make sure you start with fresh oil change , and valve adjustment.

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Thanks for the good advice.

Thanks for the good advice. The owner has changed all the oils as well as the spark plugs, I am booking my flight right now for a week from tomorrow. I sure hope the rain holds off!

Peter

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Plugs

Plugs are cheap and flooding them while trying to start can ruin them even brand new I always keep an extra set with me

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Good Info. It looks like the

Good Info. It looks like the NGK B8HS will work and I can get them locally. I will get 4 just to be safe. My flight is booked for next Friday and the current owner has graciously offered to change the transmission oil and the rear end oil before I get there (The engine oil is fresh). I am in the process of making (at least mental) checklists for what I need for the journey. Geeked for sure.

Peter

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Take a few common hand tools

I would take a roll of electrical tape (or duct tape). Philips/common screw driver. Spark Plug socket/small 3/8 ratchet. maybe 10mm,12mm,13-14mm open box wrenches. things you can put in a fanny pack or backpack with your water bottle. Nice to take a few extra parts but if nothing to change them with...... Just my 2cents. And have fun. AAA card?

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Update

First day. I left the Chattanooga airport early and flew into Portland Maine where the owner met me at the airport. The bike is located in New Hampshire about an hour's drive away. I decided to hedge my bet a bit on the issue of not having a plate and picked up a temporary registration sticker at the NH DMV.

After learning how to start the bike and a few maintenance particulars, I headed South. I was able to do 250 miles yesterday afternoon /evening but it took almost 6 hours. The bike is not a racer. I ended up in the middle of nowhere in a small motel with a big Harley group. The weather today does not look promising. We will see.

Peter

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A 40 mph average doesn't

A 40 mph average doesn't sound too bad to me. On my more powerful /7, I typically count on getting 45 mph over a 9-10 hour day...that includes the gas stops, meals, hydration exchange, etc. So, I think you're doing well!

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Hang in there and although

Hang in there and although there is surely some stress involved with the unknown relax and have fun! There are. Bunch of people reading this who wish they were you right now. What a blast. If you can keep posting some to let us know how you are.doing. if you come anywhere near central to south west Ohio and need anything I would be glad to help.

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Thanks for the encouragement

Thanks for the encouragement Vin,

Day 2.

The bike is still running , but the electrical system is giving me a hard time. I think the battery is almost dead and starting the bike is sometimes not that easy. I stopped for the night 20 miles South of York, PA. Had some really nice sections of road but also some busy ones. I spent some time under a bridge because of the thunderstorms. So far, so good.

Gruss,

Peter

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Assuming your R60/2 is not

Assuming your R60/2 is not modified it does not use the battery for ignition. Ignition comes from the magneto. The battery only runs your lights and the generator recharges it. Although the battery is not used for iignition it still needs to stay hooked up. So you do not have to worry about a bad battery causing you to get stranded. It will start and run perfectly with a bad battery. Also it is normal for the 6v system to struggle keeping your lights on if you are doing a lot of stop and go through towns. If you are running the headlight during your trip any turn signals will blink slower. And because the generator only charges the battery at higher rpms a headlight that is on through town and stop and go traffic will drain the battery. BMW actually originally recommended that you turn your lights off going through town (do not know what they thought you would do at night). As far as the hard starting you may be experiencing something else that is normal. If you are planning to stop turn the petcock off a short distance before the stop and maybe even let the bike run a little with the petcock/gas off before you turn the iignition off. This will drain some gas from the carbs and ensure you are not flooded on restart. Also park it on the centerstand always not the side stand to prevent the left carb flooding. Again all normal procedures on these. If flooded just crack open the throttle some when kickstarting and that should clear Iit.

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Thanks!

Vin, that was very helpful an assuring. I was running a bit low on transmission oil, a forum search turned up 90wt gear oil as what I should use. An old biker/farmer helped me out. I am getting quite some attention with this bike.
I am somewhere close to Petersburg Virgina, following highway220. Its been a perfect ride today. Beautiful!!
Will continue my ride now!

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Jealous!!!

To say I am envious would be an understatement. In 1975 I spent a year in Charlottesville and rode my (then) R69S up and down the Blue Ridge Parkway whenever I had free time. It's hard to imagine a better ride anywhere!

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coil

It may also be that the coil is fading. If the hard starting is worse when warm, that is a classic symptom of a dying coil. And if it is the original coil then that is very likely.

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It could be you're beginning

It could be you're beginning to understand that the cold start and warm/hot start procedures are typically different. Very easy to get the carbs flooded and that makes for hard warm/hot starts. On my R69S, I have to hold the throttle wide open and kick 4-6 times. Then release the throttle, ignition on, petcock off, and kick it. If it starts to rumble alive, gradually feed throttle while you turn the petcock on.

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Day 3. What a day. 13 hrs on

Day 3. What a day. 13 hrs on the bike, 400 miles! I am toast!

The day started beautiful, the route was awsome. In the afternoon I reached a wild mountain area and got hit by heavy rain in the middle of nowhere. Got soaked before I found a shelter. Got lost because I had to take off the GPS and got too far west from my route, haha.
I am now in Tazewell, Virginia.

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The bike still runs smooth, just the oil leak at the clutch needs to be watched.
Schrader7032, you were right. I need to lock the petcock before turning off the engine, thanks for the tip!

According to Google, I have 265 miles to go and I am home. I checked the weather forecasts for Johnson City TN and Knoxville. Looks like 40% of rain or 60% chance of not getting wet. Pretty good odds I figure..

Gruss

Peter

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I made it!

I made it. Just landed in Cleveland TN!

Today was a pretty easy route. I was kind of in a rush since there is supposed to be T storms and rain again. Nice trip, I really enjoyed it.
The bike did great all the way, basically with no real problemes at all!!
~1400 miles in 4 days

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Congratulations ! Glad to

Congratulations ! Glad to hear you made it. What an adventure. There is a motorcycle cannonball
race going on now across the country. I think it is cool that you just created one of your own!

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Congratulations!
and nicely done.

got photos?

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You know your purchase is not

You know your purchase is not a lemon if it took you 1000 miles back home

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I have pictures and a little

I have pictures and a little more story in a Powerpoint presentation but I am not sure how to upload it. If somone can help I can send you the file.

Gruss

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PS its 2.76 MB

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Peter - The pictures need to

Peter -

The pictures need to be extract from the PPT file. If you want to send them to me, I can do it for you. I can send you the pictures back so you can use the forum features to upload pictures yourself, or I can create the post for you. Let me know. I'm sending you a private message.

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I was sent a PDF file, so

I was sent a PDF file, so I'll deconstruct it and upload the story. It looks pretty exciting and well done. It may be 10-12 posts long, so let me get through things before people make their comments.

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The Trip

Vintage Motorcycle Road Trip 2014
From Madison, New Hampshire
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The Story

I “was” decided by my friend Joe, who is a vintage motorcycle nut,
to buy a 50 year old vintage bike out of the internet from a private
person, whom I did not know without seeing or test riding the bike.

The bike was located in Madison New Hampshire, about 1200 miles
north-east from my home town Cleveland Tennessee.

In a “weak” moment some evening I booked a one way ticket,
withdrawal some cash and found myself 5 days later at 6 am at the
airport in Chattanooga TN.

Lets get it started!

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Overall Route

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The Object: BMW R60/2, 1965

The bike.

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Day 1: Start of an Adventure

I took a flight from Chattanooga TN to Portland Maine. Took off in
CHA at 7am and landed in Portland 11am.

Roland, the seller of the bike picked me up from the airport. We
drove to his place in Madison New Hampshire. I checked the bike,
bought it, got a temporary tag, got my stuff fixed to the bike and hit
the road about 2pm, hitting south-west.

Destiny: somewhere south where the sun hits the ground.

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Day 1: The People

Day 1: Roland (the seller) and myself (the buyer)

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Day 1: Ready for the road

Day 1: My Bike, ready to hit the road. 5th Sept, 2pm

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Day 1: 1st Gas Stop after 100 miles. Bike runs great!

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Day 1: On the road, entering Vermont

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Day 1: 2nd Pit Stop

2nd Stop, after about 180 miles, at a small
village in the middle of nowhere at about
7:30pm.

Couldn't get the bike started for quite some
time, since the ignition switch broke. Took me
about 20 kicks and several setting of the
broken switch to get the bike running again.
The sun was down by that time.

Luckily I found a Motel close by, fully booked
with a group of Harley “Rockers”, rough
looking but nice people.

Fall asleep around 11pm, with back pain and
several beers I drunk together with the Harley
Group.

Cheers!

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Day 1: Motel stop

Day 1: Motel “Harwood Hill” in Bennigton, Vermont

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Day 2: Somewhere on the road, Bike still runs great

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Day 2: My Cockpit

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Day 2: Coffee Stop in some little village

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Day 2: Some little village

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Day 2: Motel

Day 2: Motel “Cross Keys Motor Inn”, New Oxford, Pennsylvania

2nd Day started at 7 am and ended 7 pm. 12
hrs. on the bike, 350 miles. I did spend
about 1 hour underneath a bridge and
another hour at Walmart because of heavy
T-Storms and Rain. Just when I found a
place to stay, heavy T-Storms started again.
The bike still runs great. Just the lights do
not really work. Better don’t ride a R60 at
night!

At the Motel outside of the lobby two guys
were drinking beer and checking my bike.

After a couple of beers with the guys and a
Big Mac Combo I finished the day.

After the 2nd Day I was pretty confident that
my bike will make it. I was not so confident
anymore whether my back would make it!

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