While BMW certainly made conservatively-styled, even stodgy-looking bikes they were, much like the majority of BMW’s modern offerings, “gentleman’s express” sportbikes. Powered by a 594cc version of their classic “flat” twin and shaft drive that could push the bike just north of “the ton” and cruise at 90mph all day long, the R69S was the ideal motorcycle for wide-open spaces and it was correspondingly popular in the US.
That popularity in the US market actually led to the specific model you see here. While the standard R69S used Earles forks that had advantages over early telescopic forks in terms of performance under braking, but were relatively heavy, the “US” versions featured telescopic forks instead of BMW’s more typical Earles forks, and deleted the sidecar mounting lugs.
Although this change was designed to modernize the looks of the bike and appeal to the US market, the change worked well and even saved a bit of weight compared to the Earles fork models.
From the original eBay listing: 1969 BMW R69US for Sale
I am selling this outstanding bike for a long-time friend; an internationally established collector of rare BMW motorcycles. This R69US is completely restored to near perfect in Granada Red. The bike will bring you years of pleasure whether for show, riding or just its investment value.
As always I reserve the right to end this auction early as the bike is for sale in other venues and may sell before this auction ends, so bid your highest price early. This bike is located in Blackhawk California.
The styling of the R69 is conservative, but these look great in bright red, rather than the conservative BMW black, and I’m a huge fan of bar-end turn signals. At $15,000 with no takers as yet, this may be a bit rich, although you certainly would be hard-pressed to find a more polished vintage bike in terms of both looks and riding experience.