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    When were side reflectors added to Slash-2s?

    I am trying to find out when side reflectors were added to slash-2s imported into the United States. The archives in Munich does not know.

    Can you gurus out there help me out?

    As we know, bikes in the U.S. were titled in the 60s until the dealer sold them. Thus, for example, a bike made in 1967 could be dated 1969, all depending on the sale date.

    Ideally, I would like to get an idea of when side reflectors were added by engine numbers for R60/2, R69S, and R50/2. Presumably it was somewhere around 1967-68, the dates are not all that clarifying.



    Take a look at your slash-2 (if you have one!). If it HAS side reflectors on the headlamp "ears" and rear fender below the hinge, please send me your engine number at jeff.dean@att.net. When and if I get a feel for this, I will publish the result here.
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    Might be of help

    Jeff,
    I asked on another forum where a BMW dealer from the /2 era hangs out and he gave this response. Which he said OK to post here!

    "We didn't see them until 1969 as I remember. I do know that the first telescopic forks didn't have them. I highly doubt that they were added as part of a year change, but just started using them when they ran out of the old ones. Then a couple of months later Otto find a box of the old ones laying in a corner and they inserted them into the production line and made some real confusion for those of us that paid attention to changes.

    One other factor. If you look at an early telescopic fork model, I think that you won't find a front brake light switch. BMW had to comply with California law and CA was the first to require the brake light to be actuated by the front brake."

    If your interested in contacting him directly? PM me and I will give you his email address thru a PM. Nice guy and you may already know him? I value his era of expertise. Very knowledgeable and friendly guy!

    00weel

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    Interesting. Conforms with what I learned:

    Talked to Marty Cohen. He worked at a BMW dealer in the late 60s, uncrating new BMWs. His comments:

    (1) The first time he saw side reflectors on BMWs was unpacking new bikes in
    Feb. 1969. The bikes were covered with undisturbed cosmoline and arrived in
    serious wooden crates that had not been opened, so the reflectors had to be
    installed at the Munich factory. He said they were not there on new bikes
    arriving in 1968. The line was shut down the spring of 1969 and production of
    the /5s moved to Berlin.

    By the way, the reflectors on the /2s and early /5s were Type B, or small.
    They were illegal but BMW used them. BMW went to larger Type A
    reflectors at some point in the /5 series. So if a /2 has reflectors,
    they would be the small Type B variation.

    (2) A brake light switch coupled to the front brake arrived at the same time.

    (3) The new generator light on top of the nacelle came earlier, in 1968. The
    U.S. began requiring high beam lights in 1966, necessitating the relocation of
    the generator light. Somehow, BMW got away without one from 1966-68.
    There are a lot more of these bikes than those with reflectors and front brake switches.

    (4) Very few /2s came through with cadmium foot pegs. Early /5s came through
    either with cadmium pegs or painted black pegs, and later went all cadmium.
    Jeff Dean
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    Co-founder, 1972, of BMW MOA -- http://bmwdean.com/r1200rtw.htm
    2017 R1200RT, 2019 R1250RT, 1967 R60/2

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