BMW 1960 R69 -R75/5 Steib combination 745 cc horizontally opposed twin frame # 654848 engine # 4004177
Bayerische Motoren-Werke is known in English as the Bavarian Motor Works, or more simply as BMW.
The firm launched its first horizontally opposed twin in 1923, and has stood by this style of engine layout ever since.
The opposed design offers riders buttery smooth performance as the engine has inherently good balance. In 1955 BMW created its R50, R60, and R69 models.
These new models had a similar engine and the same shaft-drive as earlier models, but were fitted with modern swinging fork rear suspension for the first time.
The telescopic forks at the front of earlier models were abandoned though, in favour of the swinging or “Earles Fork” system.
The cycle parts were finished in BMW’s signature black scheme set off by white pin striping.
The models had plenty of power to pull an optional Steib sidecar.
BMW has always built expensive motorcycles, but you got what you paid for.
The make has gained an enviable reputation for long-lasting reliability -even the quality of the black paint is well known! BMW set the standard for its day, and continues to build some of the most famous motorcycles in the world.
A former owner of this R69 fitted a Steib 500S sidecar of 1950 vintage and decided he wanted more power and stamina: the original 590cc R69 engine delivers 35hp, the ca. 1972 R75/5 has 50. Added advantage of the younger engine is the 12 volt system with electric starter.
To ensure maximum steering stability and comfort the front fork rake has been adapted and a hydraulic steering damper has been fitted.
Wide and high handlebars make for a relaxed seating position and the aftermarket Hoske tank with 30-plus litre capacity keeps you on the road for endless hours.
The engine comes with a five-speed gearbox and the rev-counter informs you about the current engine speed.
This impressive and comfortable combination has been restored some time ago and is in excellent condition.