When most people think of vintage or classic sports motorcycles they don’t think of BMW, but from 1960 through 1969 was the Sports model from Bavaria. The R69 offered from 1955 gained the S in 1960 when it bumped the compression ratio from 7.5:1 to 9.5:1 raising the 35hp of the R69 to 42hp for the R69S.
All BMW from 1955 through 1967 came with the Earle’s Forks designed by the Englishman by the same name. The swing arm front-end was designed to keep the wheelbase of the motorcycle the same even under compression. What they created was a comfortable ride as a solo, or when a sidecar was attached. But as a sporting model not so much. The term “Gummikuh”, German for rubber cow, is often used to describe the handling of the BMW.
The seller states:
The bike was just Restored has new pistons and rings . This bike comes with wide seat and a brand new Denfeld passenger pegs , Magura sport handlebars , Hella turn signal bars end , New black coil , an aluminum points plate , 2.5 liters Big oil pan , Hoske Sport mufflers ,Taillight guard , Original Tool Kit ,New 6v battery… This bike has a sport ” BIGGER”gas tank. The bike starts first kick and runs beautifully nice gear changing . All the numbers of engine and frame are matching and clear title.!!
The claimed Hoske mufflers offered on the bike are a hard to come by after market item made by one time racer Earnst Hoske. The were offered as a sports upgrade and had a tell-tale bolt at the end that held in a removable baffle for track days. These mufflers do not appear to have that bolt.
If you are able to find them, the Hoske name can also be found on gas tanks (sadly not the “BIGGER” tank on this bike), hubs, and oil tank extensions. This bike has a BIG finned oil pan, but it is not a Hoske part.
The color of this BMW R69S is special and rare. For most of BMW history they offered any color you wanted as long as it was black. As was often the case during the 1960’s, when America wanted something, the European manufactures complied. It is said that the Dover White is based on an American car company color of the time that was the favorite of the wife of the American Importer of BMW. BMW would also offered Green, Red, Grey and even Blue.
BMW offered another 600cc bike, the R60, at the same time as the R69s, but it was more then just the name that separated the two. The R69S has larger carburetors, larger intake and exhaust valves, finned exhaust nuts, and a “hemi” combustion chamber that was a popular “hot rod” design of the time. The R69S also got a crank shaft balancer and roller bearings to address crank flex that could occur.
The R69S was not going to win any drag races against the British bikes offered at the time. What is was going to do was start every time, arrive at its destination, return back, and not leak oil when it was put away. Current bidding has not reached the reserve and I would not be surprised if this bike went in excess of $10,000, a very nice representation of Bavarian Sport. BB