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That's about the milage I had

That's about the milage I had on it when I sold it. It was just breaking in, and should run best at around 1500 miles. If there's still Marvel Mystery oil in the carb float chamber, it hasn't been started in all those years! The advance assembly/clutch perch was NOS when I did the bike, and I recall I sure didn't want to let those go. Only problem with the bike are those ugly R90S bars: spring for a set of R68 bars if you wanna spend some $$$? Also, at that altitude maybe you'll need to adjust your mixture? Don't let any sharpie get that Albert mirror from you!!!

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Wait, a bike with under a

Wait, a bike with under a 1000 miles needed a restoration? Or just a really thorough detailing? Just wondering.

That aside, it's gorgeous and a beautifully appointed machine.

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1965 R60/2 with Bender Florin Sidecar

I am new to this forum as of today. I had always wanted to have a BMW antique or vintage age bike. About a year ago my wife's uncle passed away (Jim Ferguson from Alliance, OH). He had four older bikes. A nice R69S that my wifes brother bought from the estate. I chose the R60/2 because it had the sidecar. Both are in good shape with as far as I can tell almost all the parts. A few things missing such as a right handlebar turn signal etc. It was going to be my project for the next 5 or 6 years restoring this. I bought the Barrinigton Motor Works "BMW R50-69US Motorcycle Restoration and Service Manual" because I wanted to do this right. I figured I would need some help from the more experienced restorers out there so I would eventually join groups such as this and develop some friendships among the vintage bmw bike community.

Anyhow, I have had this in storage for about a year and my wife and I planned on moving and building a larger garage/workshop where I would have the space and time to do this right. I had planned on dropping $8-10K into this to get it right then spend the rest of my life making it even "righter" lol. Circumstances have changed though. Mostly family issues and the health of my brother. But I am having to make the PAINFUL and regretful decision that I need to concentrate on the other priorities in my life for the next 10 years or so. I am 51 years old so this would have been a perfect project to work on and spend my pre-retirement years riding but it is just not in the cards for me. Maybe I will eventually get my second dream of a Corvette later. I will just have to see what comes my way that I have the ability to do later in my life.

I am going to have to sell this. I do not see a For Sale or Sell it Here type of forum section so if there is a place for that please feel free to move this post to one of those spots here. What I am looking for is ideas for the best way to sell this so I can get a good and FAIR price for this where I know it will go to someone that WILL restore this and not just put it in storage.

MY wifes uncle was an avid BMW enthusiast. If my memory is correct he had a R75 that he had near 200K miles on that he rode to Alaska and back along with many other trips in the 80's and even into the 90's. His health started going bad and only rode short trips in the recent past though. He put all of his bikes in his garage where they gathered dust and he turned his attention to Ham Radio. When I bought this from the estate I promised I would restore it or make sure someone restored it.

I put all the pictures I took of the bike and sidecar before I put it in storage last fall and put on a website 1965 R60/2 with Bender Florin Sidecar As seen in the pics I have quite a few spare parts for this including and extra headlight can, some wheels, tranny etc. Some MAY not be to this bike though. I am an uneducated BMW enthusiast. I do have the title and as many may want to know,,, yes I do have the key to it lol. The last few pics there are from the late 1960's when my wifes uncle took some pics of him riding some family members around in their back yard in the sidecar.

Like I said earlier, I am just looking for the best way to get an estimate on a fair price and what the best way would be to sell this to a TRUE enthusiast that will restore this right. I know in late July there is a Vintage Bike show at Mid-Ohio that might get some interest and input if I took it there and rented a slot there. I just don't want to do this on EBay and take the chance of someone parting it out or not doing this right.

Oh and I am nearly sure all the support arms fo rthe sidecar mount are there. i just don't see them in any of the pictures, I think I had them in the back storage compartment of the sidecar.

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That's a very nice little

That's a very nice little sidecar. They were made in Denmark. I've never seen one, but I think they were made to the same quality standards as a Steib? It's a good idea to tell us the final drive ratio: 27/7, stamped on the top surface of the final drive casting is very desirable to a potential buyer. That's the useable sidecar ratio; anything else is either a solo ratio, or a sidecar ratio that's maybe too slow to use.

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1966 R69S

1966 R69S with Joel Rapose's "MZB" 12volt conversion

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R50S

My '61 R50S ( with " Rauch " headlight bucket )

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Vintage bike

tkb wrote:

1966 R69S with Joel Rapose's "MZB" 12volt conversion

Nice.

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56 R50

First day out.

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My newly acquired 1962 R60/2

and then this happened...

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Ouch...sorry that had to

Ouch...sorry that had to happen. I'd guess by seeing the valve in the picture it dropped a valve which then tumbled around inside the combustion chamber. Any background on the bike...any warning that something like this might happen??

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No warning

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Ouch...sorry that had to happen. I'd guess by seeing the valve in the picture it dropped a valve which then tumbled around inside the combustion chamber. Any background on the bike...any warning that something like this might happen??

Yup, exhaust valve broke off. I had just acquired the bike, and (sadly) have no maintantence history. There was no warning; it was running great for a solid three hours beforehand. Well, actually, it did start running a little rough abotu 30 minutes before. But I was out in the middle of Arizona at the time, 30 miles from nearest town, and 800 miles from home. Now I want to have a complete rebuild done. Or swap in a rebuilt motor while I tear this one down.

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Some of my R51/3 in Corfu Greece

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Awesome looking bike. Asteri

Awesome looking bike. Asteri !

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R68

...very late 1954, transition 1953-54, 1953 ISDT with Hoske hubs, and early pattern 1952 with siamese exhaust, likely never actually sold such equipped...

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thanks

my English is not so good and I dont get exactly what you mean, the bike is actually a 1951 model, I dont think the hubs are Hoske, I know the seat is not original as other parts on it, but wtf, I love the bike!

edit: Oh sorry my friend, as I said my English is not that good, thought you were refering to my bike!

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thank you

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Awesome looking bike. Asteri !

hey you are the guy from Greece we were talking last year in bmwbikers forum?

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That's me. How is everything

That's me. How is everything ? Going to visit Greece (Evia) in August.

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thought so

R26 wrote:

That's me. How is everything ? Going to visit Greece (Evia) in August.

glad to hear it!

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R51/2

The front fender striping here is correct for production R51/2, but the risers are from an R68, the rear fender rack was deleted by personal preference and the mufflers are supposed to be swallowtail instead of fishtail...

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mirror

what about the bar end mirror, is it historically accurate? Which year they were first introduced on bmw?

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bmw r35

bike restored by my friends Artur & Przemek

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My beautiful daughter and out

My beautiful daughter and out for a ride on the R69 along the Peak to Peak Hwy, near Ward, Co.

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beautiful daughter Gunslinger

beautiful daughter Gunslinger Big Grin...
bmw R35 restored by Jerzy

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My R26

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My first vintage 66 R50/2

One more bucket list item checked off. Just acquired this restored R50/2. Wanted one since I was in college but never fit in with my single motorcycle for everything life until now. Recently retired so have the time and went searching. Added to my BMW R1150GSA and a restored 1959 Triumph T100.
Runs perfectly and only two very minor paint dings to be touched up.
Needs to be done:
Add tank striping. (next week or two being done my a top expert). The restorer did not want the stripes.
Replace the chrome engine covers with original. Found some used.
Delete NOS clamp on mirrors with headlight mirrors. Albert mirrors ordered from Vech.
Replace SS hardware with original. (the larger hardware is all original cadmium so just need the small nuts and bolts attaching the rear fender, tank and seat. Originals found but may need replating).
Need a locksmith as the key is missing for the tank cover and fork lock.

Anyone know if the rubber covers, inserts, for the rear fender seat mount holes are available anywhere? I won't be mounting a rear seat. Like the looks of the single seat.

Tod

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1966 R69S

I got this 1966 R69S in Dark Green , it had nice patina that I wanted to preserve but some things were a miss. I did the best I could and here are the results:

Before:

After:

....Did I mention it used to be Rattle Can Dark Green? and yeah I kept the pillion seat...

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Any reason why you painted

Any reason why you painted the air cleaner black?

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I think it actually looks

Emick69,bike looks gorgeous,good job on the rejuvination.

As for the black air cleaner,I think it actually looks really good! Seems to flow well with the bodywork,and makes it look a bit more vintage,however I am biased since I too, am part of the "paint it black club....Smile

I really like my black rims on the R69s

Not everybones taste,however it is nicer than lipstick red & yellow flames.

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Daughter and I out on the Peak to Peak Hwy near Estes Park, Co o

My beautiful daughter and I out on the Peak to Peak Hwy near Estes Park, Co on my 1960 R69

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R5SS...

...Hoske hubs, Lugauer tank, 1936 motor and gearbox, post '52 front end...

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53' R68

need a little work

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...more R68...

...different versions, early '52 in front...

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Incredible!

Incredible!

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General comments please

new to me this R60/2,purchased in NJ couple years back by Earl Totman from the Carolinas.
I have had it for three days and love it
It runs well ,starts easily,but needs some serious TLC.
Needs rear shocks,anyone replaced those dampers??Special tools or any words of caution.
Even as rough as it looks I had some dude offer to buy it at the coffee shop this morning
Skip

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Looks good!

That's a pretty solid-looking bike with some interesting period accessories. Congratulations!

One problem you are likely to encounter in changing the rear shocks is getting the aluminum cap off the top of the shock housing. They often get frozen in place and you can destroy them before you get them off. Vech at Benchmark has made a tool just for this job, and if yours don't come off easily on first try, you might invest in it:

tool034--$35.00--rear upper shock cap removal tool

I think he has a description of how to use the tool, but on a quick search I did not find it.

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1967 /2 evolving.

Finished but never really finished. I started re-building this bike in November last year and as of August 1 it is running like it should.

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restoration done

Started at the 1st of the year, my restoration of my 1968 R69US (664316) is basically done. Starting to put on some break in miles.

It sat for most of the last 20 years, last driven about about 7 years ago. Engine was rebuilt (bottom and top end) and everything else gone thru, painted, polished, re-chromed or replaced but now that it's running, it seems a coil replacement is also called for so that is next. Starts on a kick or two cold, but stubborn as hell hot. The only other issue is the performance of the fork (which was thoroughly overhauled) seems either too stiff or else a bit stictiony, so that is also going to have to be dealt with too.

Otherwise, it's awesome and I'm very happy it's turning heads everywhere I take it.

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Good (and fast) work...

Very handsome. Not surprised it turns heads!

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'59 R60

Newly acquired:

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Drug out some old bikes that

Drug out some old bikes that have been in deep storage for years. Couldn't justify taking up "new bike" showroom space to display the NFS's, but finally built some display space 10 feet up. Can't touch 'em (or drool on 'em) but at least they're out.

1929 R63, 1932 R12, 1951 R67, 1954 R67/2, R60/2 "Baja" bike (converted for off road back in the '60's).

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On the other side a first

On the other side a first year 1977 R100RS, a Motorsport Edition 1978 R100RS and a Last Edition 1984 R100RS with only 2K miles.
The Motorsport belongs to a customer and is for sale.

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Update picture

Added the correct tank striping and replaced the chrome generator and breather covers. Looks better now. Runs like a new bike. I am amazed how smooth the engine runs on these R50's. And surprised by how well it handles. Having a lot of fun with my first BMW /2.

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1954 600cc OHV opp twin "sport" models

...fun to line 'em up an compare strengths and faults of each: contrarywise to what some folks think, the R68 is not the greatest thing since sliced bread...

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My R60/2 - 1961

Went out for one of the nicest rides i have ever had on my R60/2.
Seems as if the further you ride the better the bike goes.
Went out around the local villages and came cross this memorial US Airforce memorial in a place called Grafton Underwood.
http://www.boughtonhouse.org.uk/villages/grafton/tour.htm

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Hi, first posted this pic

Hi,
first posted this pic some time ago on another thread, but its an interesting one and deserves another airing...

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Here is mine a 1958 R50 just

Here is mine a 1958 R50 just got it yesterday and yes its going to be a lot of work but Im happy

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First photo is of 1950 R51/2

First photo is of 1950 R51/2 recently restored by Chris and Barbara at Barrington. Recently featured in the winter 2014 and spring 2015 Motorrader magazine.
Remainder of a recently purchased 1938 R35 which sat well oiled and covered in a barn in ME since 1995. Tracked down the Polish owner who emigrated with the bike to Ottowa in 1988 and who's grandfather "obtained" the bike at the end of WWII. Waiting to enter the queue at Barrington and undergo a mechanical restoration.
Cheers, Phil

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makes me smile

'60 R50
'61 R69S

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Here are photos of my 1966

Here are photos of my 1966 R50/2 taken with my 1953 Rolliecord. And a new photo with the saddlebags on.

Jim

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1968 R69S

1968 R69S.

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