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BMW R69S

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S version of the BMW R69.


BMW R69S

In the early 1950s BMW concentrated on refining what were essentially pre-war designs, but by 1955 was ready with a brace of new machines, the BMW R50 and R69. Of 500cc and 600cc respectively, the newcomers inherited the updated, flat-twin engine introduced on the R51/3 a few years previously but deployed this in all-new cycle parts, the most notable departures from preceding practice being the Earles-type, leading-link front fork and swing-arm rear suspension enclosing the drive-shaft in the right leg - developments first seen on the works racers. A luxury tourer capable of over 100mph, the R69 cost as much as a small family car and sold to discerning enthusiasts for whom expense mattered little when set against the excellence of BMW engineering. The R50/69 were produced until the arrival of the slightly more powerful 'S' versions for 1961. The larger of these, the R69S, produced 42bhp and was good for a top speed of around 110mph. 'Luxury roadster with superb high-speed performance yet docile traffic manners; magnificent steering, roadholding and brakes,' was Motor Cycle magazine's verdict.

1961

1961 BMW R69S



1963

1963 BMW R69S Touring in Black
1963 BMW R69S Touring in Black
1963 BMW R69S Touring in Black
1963 BMW R69S Touring in Black
1963 BMW R69S Touring in Black
1963 BMW R69S Touring in Black
1963 BMW R69S Touring in Black


1965

1965 BMW R69S in Black
1965 BMW R69S in Black
1965 BMW R69S in Black
1965 BMW R69S in Black


1969 R69S

1966 BMW R69S in Black
1966 BMW R69S in Black
1966 BMW R69S in Black
1966 BMW R69S in Black
1966 BMW R69S in Black