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BMW 1960 R69 Steib Combination

Sale Date: 8th October 2014
Lot Number: 26
1960 BMW R69 Combination

1960 BMW R69 Combination1960 BMW R69 Combination1960 BMW R69 Combination
Estimate: (£) 8,000 - 10,000

Reg Number: 446 PPC
Frame Number: 654714
Engine Number: 654714
Body Colour: Black
Cc: 600
MOT ExpiryDate: None
BMW introduced the range leading R69 in 1955 to universal praise. The new machine was able to approach the best of the British twins in terms of outright performance with the 594cc horizontally opposed overhead valve engine delivering 35 bhp at 6,800rpm, sufficient to propel the machine to 102 mph, but more importantly, was able to sustain its pace almost indefinitely. Earles forks and a new pivoted fork frame ensured that the rider remained comfortable and was able to exploit the performance offered by the new mount to the full, quickly establishing it as a favourite with long distance riders. 1960 witnessed the release of an improved version typed the R69S which developed more brake horse power (42 at 7,000rpm) without compromising the machines outstanding reliability. Cycle World concluded their June 1962 road test of the BMW R69S in the following manner:"Whatever the BMW's merits in a contest of speed, it is still the smoothest, best finished, quietest and cleanest motorcycle it has ever been our pleasure to ride. To be honest, we think that anyone who would worry much over its performance-potential is a bit of a booby. The R69S is fast enough to handle any encounter, and it has attributes that are, in touring, infinitely more valuable than mere speed. All things considered, if we were planning a two-wheel style vacation/tour, the BMW would have to be our choice of mount.
This example of the R69 variant is fitted with a Steib sidecar and had been in the same ownership for a number of years prior to his demise. It had benefitted form some restoration work and is described as being in "ok" condition mechanically and cosmetically, although it will require some re-commissioning prior to use. It is offered with a Swansea V5C.
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