1959 R60

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Gossamer
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1959 R60

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I'm about to get my hands on a 1959 R60.

This bike was brought back from Germany in the early 60's by my uncle.

I've not personally seen this bike in probably 30 years. I can't even tell you the last time it's been attempted to start. If i was to hazard a guess it would be close to 20-30 years as well. It's been in storage in a garage in central Wisconsin.

However I'm chomping at the bits to get my hands on it. I can't attest at this moment what it's overall condition is either but I expect to be here asking tons of questions. However i do believe the bike to be 100% complete and original which is the exciting part for me.

And yes I'm going to share lots of pictures as the project moves along.




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Sounds Exciting!

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We anxiously await the details and pics!

Dave
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Gossamer
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Ok been along time and some

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Ok been along time and some family issues but here are photos.

Hope to be in my possession soon.

Peruse the photos and any input is appreciated.

From what you can see what are my chances of restoring her to be road worthy againm
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miller6997
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That's an R69!

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That is not an R60. You've got your hands on a rare and much admired R69. And it looks like it's all there. Celebrate! (And make sure you save those license plates!!)

Jon Miller
'67 R69S
'13 F800GT
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Just curios, how can you tell

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Just curios, how can you tell from those pictures it is a R69? Finned exhaust nuts?

Icarus

PS Nothing that some $$ and some work won’t fix. Looks pretty complete. I would tear down the engine and give it a once over before you try to start it, even though it would be tempting to do if it turns over. 40 years of crap in the engine to come loose and mangle the crank. I just went through that headache and expense on my ‘68 that had been sitting for 30 years.

Slinger service, and a good cleaning might be all it needs internally. I will posit that that the final drive gear oil has most likely seeped onto the brake shoes, so at the very least, pull the rear and give them a good look.

Have fun, there is no beginning and ultimately no end. I resurrected mine 3 years ago, and still tinker with it every day I ride it. Lots of fun, and many long looks. Funny, it was “modern” when I bought it in ‘73, now it is very dated.

Good luck and keep in touch,

Icarus

PPS. I now see the timing advance lever on the bar...Duh!

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Identifying an R69

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I see two indicators that it is an R69: the advance lever on the left handlebar and the valve covers, which are different from those on the R50 and R60 bikes. And yes, the finned exhaust nuts; I missed that.

I am intrigued by the stacked license plates. If they go back to when it was new, they will make a great display on the garage wall (not to mention the fact that they are likely to be valuable as well).
Jon Miller
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In my state, a year of

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In my state, a year of manufacture plate with a collector registration is a legal plate as opposed to having a labeled “collector vehicle”. I run with my original ‘68 plate.

Icarus

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R69 Indeed

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The bike is indeed an R69. You got you hands on a much-coveted BMW. Take your time and see what you have there. Are you inclined to do a full restoration?

Dave
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Same thing happened to me 25

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Same thing happened to me 25 years ago. Not had any BMW's yet. The guy said 1956 R60. Had been sitting under a pile of auto parts for over 10 years. In 10 minutes had it running. $500.00 later it was mine. Was indeed an R69. Enjoy!!

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I'm not sure. I'd love to

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I'm not sure. I'd love to make her showroom fresh and willing to spend 8 to 10k to do so.

Not sure what the value of the bike is but it's a cool family memento that needs to be brought back to life.


I.m sure I'm going to be here a.lot looking for parts, answers and questions.

I'm a trust when it comes to classic vehicles. I dont want it modernized I want her to look as close to showroom fresh as possible and original as possible.

40 years old hiding in a garage has me excited for this project

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