1965 Dover White BMW R69S

There are some Classic motorcycles that are lusted after for their beauty. There are others that are chased after because of their performance. There are still other Classics that you wouldn’t touch with the ten foot pole. The BMW R69S is a classic that is respected as a superbly engineered motorcycle; known for their quality of build, reliability and practical nature. When you see a restoration done to the level of this Dover White BMW offered now on eBay, it is a tribute to the original quality that the Marque deserves.

The seller put together an auction that measures up to the quality of the restoration. With their description of the build, they have given a road map to follow for anyone who wishes to restore a BMW in the future.  

From the Seller

            All original parts have been used in the restoration and all have either been cad plated, three stage chromed, polished or re-painted. All Black and Dover White parts have been finished in correct single stage paint. All parts have been painted – there is no powder coating on this bike. The paint was done by an excellent local painter, in the correct color scheme and match of Dover White – which is off-white, ivory color – using New Old Stock Dover White shock cover for the color match. The paint is perfect and is done to a very high quality.

You can easily fine replacement hardware in chrome, but taking the time to sort and label all the hardware to ship to a cad platter is both time consuming and costly. The end result not only shows the attention to detail, but also shows a commitment to getting it right.

The engine work from the seller

            The work has included new pistons, rings, main bearing, main bearing carrier, valves, slingers etc. Crank was sent to Dan at Cycle works for complete restoration. Clutch gearbox pulled apart, cleaned out and adjusted and any parts replaced as needed. The final drive has all new seals and brake shoes. The engine, gearbox and final drive were all bead blasted for correct finish.

Before the common paper oil filter was used in motorcycles, BMW used a something that came to be known as a slinger. It had a dual purpose of throwing oil around inside the engine, and also to remove crud from the oil. So when the seller replaced the slinger, buyers can fell confident that this engine will last another 40,000 miles.

Some other things that you can see in the pictures are small things like the wiring harness and how it is held to the frame. BMW used small metal straps that were so thin that often times the first time you removed the strap was the last time that you could use it.

The steering dampener for the R69S from the factory was a hydraulic unit that would start to leak and stick and was ofter replaced with a friction dampeners soon after it left the showroom. This bike has this dampener and it again showing the time and cost that the restorer went to get it right. IF you can find a original dampener today, it will cost you. 

The seller points out some of the little things

genuine NOS parts including a new old stock Bosch headlamp lens and Hella tail light lens. No aftermarket parts have been used, only genuine Bosch, Hella and BMW parts. The original speedometer was completely rebuilt by North Hollywood Speedo. All lights and switches are in good working order. The horn is the correct French Klaxon horn. Gas line is correct NOS gray cloth. Other parts include: Repainted, working air pump, brand new Blitz 6 volt battery (never any acid in the battery), rebuilt gas petcock, all new rubber, and cables, and much, much more


Some of the things that are not mentioned in the discription; getting the “Birth Certificate” from BMW confirms the build date and final destination. An original manual and tool role, vintage accessory catalogue and build album. All of these little things would be included in a museum display, but lets hope that thousands of miles are added to the 4 miles currently showing on the odometer. You should really look at the complete listing to see what a great bike is on offer. BB

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  1. Steve Hubek says:

    Are these bikes for sale on E- bay or what?