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hooverbj's picture
VBMWMO #9255
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I was wondering if anyone has an opinion that could justify the great expense of purchasing the Barrington book?

wa1nca's picture
VBMWMO #8374
Ashfield Ma.
Joined: 09/27/2012
Posts: 612
Barrington book

I also thought is was high priced
I did buy one
It is worth every penny spent

So much good info you won't get from a shop manaul


Tommy Byrnes
54 R51/3 55 R50 64 R27 68 R69US 68 Sears Allstate 250 (Puch)

Jim D 5112
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VBMWMO #5112
Joined: 10/27/2006
Posts: 128
The Book

Yes it is pricey but if you are going to do some of the work on the bike it is well worth it. And much cheaper than your local restoration shop. Owning and maintaining antique vintage bikes is no longer the inexpensive hobby or pass time that it once was. They can put a real strain on your finances depending on how bad your addiction for them is. Trust me I know.

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VBMWMO #6997
Joined: 10/27/2006
Posts: 1108
Buy it.

There is nothing else that comes close as a general guide to the vintage bikes. I hardly ever pick up a wrench without consulting it first. There must be disagreements from time to time about specific details, but the best recommendation is the fact that Vech sells it on his website.

(I bought two so that I could keep my signed original in its unmolested condition.)


Jon Miller
'67 R69S
'13 F800GT
Altadena, California

Twocams's picture
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Joined: 03/16/2014
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I find the book goes to deep

I find the book goes to deep into some subjects. But very useful to have. I have bought books back in the 80s /90s that were $100 for cars.
Once these "old timers" have passed this knowledge will be harder to find.....& to preserve in a book, how kool is that? Even if you only use it 3-4 time that could be worth $100.



92 R100RT/69 R69S
2004 Aprilia Atlantic 500cc single cylinder Scooter
83 Honda V65 Magna, fastest production bike in1983

mcsherry1328's picture
VBMWMO #1328
Madison, WI
Joined: 10/27/2006
Posts: 118
Barrington Book

When they first introduced the slash two manual I was pleased to spend the money on it. Super helpful and full of valuable information.
For me there's so much information in text and pictures that it was so helpful doing my R69S restoration.
Now, that said I feel it would get intimidating by going too deep into super technical processes that I found not necessary .
This not a criticism on the manual, it's just my take. I reference it often and am so pleased it's available.
I just finished restoring my R67/2. I also bought the plunger frame manual and am equally delighted with it. For me, it answers so many questions. Given the amount of work, research and effort involved in producing the manual I'm surprised it doesn't cost more.
I value my restoration manuals and make sure my hands are clean when I use them.

808Airhead's picture
VBMWMO #7677
Joined: 08/05/2009
Posts: 1030
These books would still be a

These books would still be a bargain at $300.00. I have rebuilt 3 engines and 2 transmissions ,3 final drives,3 sets of forks,wheels,etc.....all with their guidance. I could not put a price on all that I have learned. Aloha


Thomas M.
R69s - R60/2 - R67/2 - R51/3

Daves79x's picture
VBMWMO #9030
Joined: 08/09/2015
Posts: 368
Simply Put

Simply put, if you think the manual is expensive, consider this: A complete restoration will cost you $12K-$15K or more , IF you do most of the work, plus the cost of the bike. $100 spent before hand on the manual will save you infinitely more on stuff you'll screw up without it.




hooverbj's picture
VBMWMO #9255
Joined: 04/01/2017
Posts: 115
It looks like there's a

It looks like there's a consensus here. Honestly, I wanted to buy one. I just wanted to be talked into it. BTW, where is the best place to buy one? I have a 66 R50/2.
Everyone here is always so helpful

bstratton's picture
Joined: 08/10/2015
Posts: 222
I am in the middle of restoring my 65 R50/2

Brian - The Barrington /2 restoration guide book has honestly enabled me to take this on. I would be lost without it. Buy it from Benchmark Works unless you can get someone to part with theirs (very unlikely).

I just completed rebuilding the lower end of my motor and that book was open and consulted constantly. I tried to keep it clean but it is literally on my bench within sight the entire time I worked on the motor. I read through each procedure ahead of time - usually more than once. I organized all my tools and parts ahead of time. I stuck to the suggestions to the letter and had absolutely zero drama. If it calls for heat - heat it. If it calls for chilling - chill it. It makes all the difference. Even the cleaning suggestions were a big help. My lower end looks and feels like new. Can't wait to get my barrels and heads back from the machine shop!

Nothing like it in any shop manuals or third party service manuals.

There are some parts that indeed get too deep but I feel that if I ran into trouble beyond what I encountered with my relatively well maintained motor those parts would be valuable.

Buy the Cycle Works many-in-one tool, too. Also worth every penny you will spend on it. And a shop press if you don't have one (Harbor Freight has them for around $100). And a hot plate ($13 at Walmart). That was very helpful during the re-assembly. So is a heat gun but a torch works, too.

Good luck and have fun with it!


1971 R60/5
1965 R50/2

sorbo1's picture
VBMWMO #8725
Sydney , Australia
Joined: 05/16/2014
Posts: 19
Barrington Book

I bought the /2 Book about 4 years ago . I wished I had had it about 50 years ago . Unfortunately I had almost completed a total restoration on a 1961 R69s before I found it . It would have made the restoration a lot easier . I have 3 BMW manuals , a genuine BMW repair manual from the late 1950s , a restoration guide from Roland Slabon and the Barrington book . The Barrington is not used a lot lately because I don't have a lot of problems with my bike . However it is a great guide to BMW /2 series . I have owned a 1959 R50 new , 1958 R26 , 1959 R60 , 1960 R69 and now my vintage bike is a 1961 R69S .I emailed Chris re some advice on fitting disc brakes to the front of my R69S and he was very helpfull . I fitted discs purely for safety reasons .

scottiesharpe's picture
VBMWMO #9059
Joined: 04/18/2011
Posts: 109
Opinion from a restorer

I restore old BMWs for a living and I use Chris' books on a regular basis. (I have all three Barrington Manuals.)

There is a depth of information there that you won't find anywhere else.

There are a few errors here and there so check Chris and Barbara's web site for edits and corrections. If you have a question, send Chris an email. He is super helpful.

Chris is also a past trustee of our club and has given us a ton of support.

If the book was $500, it would still be a bargain for the person restoring a BMW bike.

My vote: Buy it! Smile


Scottie Sharpe, Proprietor
Scottie's Workshop, Santa Clara CA
Full Service repairs, maintenance and restoration workshop for vintage and classic BMW Motorcycles http://blog.scottiesharpe.com

john.b.watts's picture
VBMWMO #8877
Joined: 03/09/2015
Posts: 42
I saw Scottie's copy...

Mine is full of notes about my personal rebuild written in pencil in each section. If I rebuilt another bike, I would purchase a second manual to enter bike-specific notes into, and pass that on to the next owner should I sell it. This is basically a fundamental tool, as much as any tool you purchase for a restoration of any sort.

It is cheap insurance and one of those things where later, you were really glad you did it.

skychs's picture
VBMWMO #9221
Joined: 11/25/2016
Posts: 349

Priceless. Simply priceless. If there was a similar manual for the R90S I would buy it today. So far there is nothing close.

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