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Hello all-

Besides Avus Black, Dover White, and Police Green what colors were available on the /2 bikes? Here is what I have observed.

1. Granada Red- We've all seen this of course. Slabon says there were two shades of red...Granada Red being somewhat commonly seen, but I don't know what the other red is, or if is just mis-information.
2. Monza Blue- Also on /5 so that makes sense.
3. Dominican Blue- Not sure if this is the same as China Blue, but they certainly seem the same.
4. Grey- Not sure what the BMW name is, or even if this is an original color. It is NOT Wehrmacht grey.
5. White- More of a pure white, again, not sure of the BMW name.

Feel free to add clarification to the above or add other colors.

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Bristol Grey

Bristol Grey is one grey they offered, but there was a darker one also. Dominican Blue was the BMW color. China Blue is not - I think it was a Mercedes color, but not sure. Turf Green was the common green found on /2s

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Same shade?

Daves79x wrote:

......... Turf Green was the common green found on /2s

Dave

Is this the same green as the one found on German police /2 bikes?

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No

No - that is a different green.

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Turf Green is more of an

Turf Green is more of an Aqua/Blue Green color like in the attached photo of the R69S. Police Green is a true green. Something like a forest green or British Racing Green, as on the second example below.

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Some more color

Some more color examples:

Dominican Blue
Dover White
Bristol Grey
Riviera Blue...It looks like Monza Blue to me, so maybe the original poster was mistaken. The Esteemed Jeff Dean lists it as Caribe Blue on his website. If anyone knows what it really is just say so.
Granada Red
Avus black

Full credit to the original photographers, whomever they may be, and their marvelous bikes.

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Colors

When I restored my /2 I wish I had seen a post like this before I started. Some of those colors are amazing. The Dover white still intrigues me.

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There maybe more colors. I'm

There maybe more colors. I'm not sure...

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The Story Goes

The story goes that from the early sixties through the end, you could order a /2 bike in any BMW car color from that year. If that's true, then there are surely many colors of bikes out there in very small numbers. You can find the BMW car color chips on the web still. Pick a color you like and go for it!

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I've heard of that policy, but...

None of the dealerships I've dealt with over the last five decades have ever mentioned the special order policy, I suspect because it was a pain in the butt to deal with. All I was ever offered was black, white, or red--with a long wait for the latter two colors. I've seen a handful of blue, gray, and green bikes over the years, but they must add up to less than 5% of the total. Duane was a dealer during the crucial /2 years, so he would probably know more about color choices.

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I'll Bet

I'll bet the wait was long! Absolutely everything had to be painted the special color - there would be nothing on the shelf painted that they could use. Not many guys waited, I'm sure and that alone put the special color numbers at just a few. But I think they are (were) out there.

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Amazed

I always thought originality beats personal taste but, oh boy, the Riviera Blue look great on these bikes!

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Damn It!

Now all of a sudden I am re-thinking the black I had planned.

Great thread. The police green looks really nice. Kind of old-school look - like black but something different.

I am fast reaching decision time on this part of the restoration. Now I need to research what was actually available in 1965.

And I thought this was a simple decision!

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like this

1965 german police bike

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Nice to see police

Nice to see police green...especially when it comes with police papers. My '52 R25/2 does! Big Grin

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By '65

By '65, most of the colors mentioned were available. Check out Turf green and Bristol gray. You can Google BMW car colors and see color chips of what was available that year, along with the color codes.

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Show off!

schrader7032 wrote:

Nice to see police green...especially when it comes with police papers. My '52 R25/2 does! Big Grin

Seriously, though that's very cool

Is the color in the photo I posted close?

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Yes...here's my R25/2. The

Yes...here's my R25/2. The previous owner had the tanks and tins painted...crapola...but the painter out of Cincinnati used Holt BMW paint...he's a good painter. The frame, though, is original. The pinstripes are not really white, but more of a cream or a white with some green mixed in.

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Green

Wow. Beautiful bike. Im surprised we don't see more colors. Again, I wish I had seen all of this before I painted my R60/2. It could have made a difference.

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