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    BOKRIJDER
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    Jeff,

    Excuse me, I was intending no reflection on your bike. My intention is only pointing out many considerations which can play out involving a restoration with a specific goal in mind. I have heard the term matching serial numbers tossed about too often to believe that if one where to make the considerable investment in doing a show level restoration only to have the discrepancy noted at the first showing there would be potential for disappointment. Right or wrong, sometimes the very critical eye of the gallery is most unforgiving.
    A case in point, the R50 originally belonged to the new owner of the R69S. He approached me about doing a show quality restoration on the R50. The bike was surveyed and a report given. I suggested that he do a bit of soul searching, local research, and defining of his goals. He discovered that the R69S, particularly in Germany, was much more desirable than the R50 and the serial number issue in his intended usage did matter. The investment required in completing either bike was very close.

    The R50/2 will be allowed to retain its patina and I like patina. That's why she's staying home.

    Best

    Motard

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    Quote Originally Posted by iRene View Post
    Here's the 1960 R60, I did finally ride it today, what a hoot.
    The "springy" seat... the reluctant brakes... and having to
    remember to use my HAND signals!!
    Yes, riding the old bikes from the 1960s is a lot of fun. A definite "hoot."

    Consider adding Hella bar-end turn signals and amaze your friends and drivers with the funkiest turn signals around:



    They are readily available from Craig Vechorik:

    http://members.aol.com/vechbmw2/signal.html
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  3. #33
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    I bought a 1958 R60 (Act R69, thanks Vech) at an auction on behalf of my late Beemer junkie, Rally Rat Dad...for $ 450.00. Its kinda crusty, pics when I learn how to post them....Has 2000 miles on it...and still has 2000 miles on it (speedo).
    It sat in dads garage for years. After he died, it made it to my garage. After hovering over it like a vultur near rotten meat, I finally attacked it. It was a no starter....pulled the carbs, sent 'em off for a rebuild. When I installed them...I wish I could been one of those first kick and start stories...but it was more like many kicks and a smokers hack. First a putt, then a putt putt (along with several
    mule kicking kickbacks)...then she is a running. I take her out from time to time, but need to rewire her.
    Many blessings to those who restore. All nice bikes. I do like mine looking kinda rough, though. But each time I work on something, my confidence builds. My 80RT helps here too, as she was another rescue mission story.
    Wyoming is waiting for you all. This ought to be quite fun! Maybe I'll bring her up.
    Michael A. Bailey
    aka Scharppslicer (Scharppslicer@cs.com)
    aka Swordofwords

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baile82604 View Post
    I bought a 1958 R60 (Act R69, thanks Vech) at an auction on behalf of my late Beemer junkie, Rally Rat Dad...for $ 450.00. Its kinda crusty, pics when I learn how to post them....Has 2000 miles on it...and still has 2000 miles on it (speedo).
    It sat in dads garage for years. After he died, it made it to my garage. After hovering over it like a vultur near rotten meat, I finally attacked it. It was a no starter....pulled the carbs, sent 'em off for a rebuild. When I installed them...I wish I could been one of those first kick and start stories...but it was more like many kicks and a smokers hack. First a putt, then a putt putt (along with several
    mule kicking kickbacks)...then she is a running. I take her out from time to time, but need to rewire her.
    Many blessings to those who restore. All nice bikes. I do like mine looking kinda rough, though. But each time I work on something, my confidence builds. My 80RT helps here too, as she was another rescue mission story.
    Wyoming is waiting for you all. This ought to be quite fun! Maybe I'll bring her up.
    Michael A. Bailey
    aka Scharppslicer (Scharppslicer@cs.com)
    aka Swordofwords


    Nice story, and experience, see you in Wyoming.

    Motard

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    1958 R69 (Vechified)

    It was bought at an auction as a R60, but Vech after explaining to me that it was "not a choke" but a spark advance and made me look the number on the engine, and it is a R69.

    Now as a woosie little scardie cat, I've pulled the fron cover to replace the spark plug wires, not having aclue, but the mchines will make you do it right themselves, and make youfeel like a mechanic....LOL

    I also just bough a 77 75/7 wityh a volorex sidecare. Adventure(s) continue.

    Back to work. Thanks

    Scharppslicer
    Casper Wyoming
    K100LT (87)
    80RT (83)
    R69 (58)
    R75/7 w/velorex (77)

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    Maybe this year . . .

    Yep, '59 R26. I don't ride it much, but she still starts on the first kick.

    For general riding, I am more comfortable and feel safer on my newer bikes.

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    I own a 1966 r50

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    Quote Originally Posted by 20774 View Post
    I have a 1969 R69S. Owned it for a year. I've just had the bottom and top ends redone. Now the ball's in my court...all the pieces are staring at me and I need to get it back together and on the road.

    Kurt in S.A.
    Hah! I know the feeling, but don't let 'em stare ya down. You can do this!
    (alternatively, you could cave-in and just ship the R69S and all the parts to me...heh!)
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    My First Bike....My Only Bike....My Last Bike.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by AnnapolisAirhead View Post
    Hah! I know the feeling, but don't em stare ya down. You can do this!
    (alternatively, you could cave-in and just ship the R69S and all the parts to me...heh!)
    Six months after that first post, she came to life. She's been running fine since, little tweaks here and there.

    Thanks for the offer, but for now, I think the parts are going to stay a bit closer to home!!
    Kurt -- Forum Liaison ---> Resources and Links Thread <---
    '78 R100/7 & '69 R69S & '52 R25/2
    mine-ineye-deatheah-pielayah-jooa-kalayus. oolah-minane-hay-meeriah-kal-oyus-algay-a-thaykin', buddy!

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    I Bought A R27 In October And Put On 300 Miles Before The Cold Weather Closed In. This Bike Is A Lot Of Fun To Ride And It Sure Does Get A Lot Of Attention. My Rt1200 Collected A Little Dust This Fall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rayma60927 View Post
    I Bought A R27 In October And Put On 300 Miles Before The Cold Weather Closed In. This Bike Is A Lot Of Fun To Ride And It Sure Does Get A Lot Of Attention. My Rt1200 Collected A Little Dust This Fall.
    Got pics?
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    I have a '66 R50/2. Bought a year ago, 17k actual miles (PO was 2nd owner and had it since '73). Restored to daily rider condition and now enjoy it immensely. It's no trailer queen but looks good and performs as it should. Most challenging aspect was getting it all back together and THEN discovering a sheared flywheel key that caused me to take it back apart enough to repair the key and install a new clutch disc. Thanks to Vech for the clue that led to the discovery...

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    Vech

    Old BMW's are like underwear, you can't own too many!
    And by the way, if you ever come through Mississippi, come see Bench Mark Works and the collection!
    I currently have, and run the following:
    1925 R32
    1928 R52
    1936 R17
    1936 R12 with a 1937 Juwel side car
    1939 R23
    1942 R75M with machine gun!
    1950 R51/2
    1951 R51/3
    1952 R67/2 with LS 200 Steib
    1958 R69
    1956 R26
    1952 R52/2
    1961 R69S
    1966 R69S
    1968 R69S
    1967 R60/2 with spezial sidecar
    1975 R90S
    1976R90S

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    Pre-1970 bikes?

    Currently in the stable:

    1966 R50/2 that I've owned since 1986. Licensed and ridden.



    1958 R50 with Steib S500 sidecar, that is currently being worked on, but will be running by spring.



    Oh, and a 1955 Matchless G80CS competition model.



    jeff
    Last edited by JeffMunn; 01-14-2009 at 04:56 PM.

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