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BMW R 69 S 1960-1969

Segment: Clasic
Production years: 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969

While the German motorcycle industry was at the ground in the 1960s, BMW set a benchmark with the release of the R 69 S, which was the fastest German motorcycle at the time. Even in the international market, a small number of motorcycles could achieve the maximum top speed of 175 kph, which the BMW R 69 S succeeded to achieve.

The switchable steering damper was a new feature of the model that, in conjunction with the tried and tested full-swing chassis, gave the bike high directional stability even at higher speeds.

To set the motorcycle apart from the touring models, the white paint job and double seat, which were available only for government agencies, were released to the public as well.

The 1960 BMW R 69 S was the successor of the R 69 model and packed a 594cc flat-twin engine that developed seven hp more than its predecessor. With a power output of 42 hp available at 7,000 rpm and a curb weight of 198 kg (436 lbs), the model reached a top speed of 175 kph (109 mph).

The motorcycle featured a long swingarm with spring struts and oil dampers both on the front and rear that acted as suspension and as brakes, it had a 200 mm duplex full hub drum unit on the front and a 200 mm simplex full hub drum unit on the rear.

The bike came with standard features such as full fenders, a dual exhaust system with pea-shooter mufflers, a large headlight, wire-spoked wheels, and an analog speedometer.

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BMW R 69 S 594

engine specs
air-cooled, four-stroke, boxer twin cylinder, 2 valves per cylinder
594 cm3
Bore X Stroke
2.8x2.9 in OR 71 mm
Compression Ratio
42/7000 KW(hp)/RPM
0/- lb-ft/RPM OR 0 Nm/RPM
Fuel System
2xBing carburetors
transmission specs
4-speed, manual
dry, single plate
Primary Drive
Final Drive
chassis specs
Front Suspension
telescopic fork
Rear Suspension
plunger shocks
Front Brake
200mm drum
Rear Brake
200mm drum
dimension specs
Overall Length
Overall Width
Seat Height
Ground Clearance
440 lbs OR 200 kg
Fuel Capacity
4.5 gallons OR 17.0 L
tyres specs
3.50 - S18
4.00 - S18
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