Lot 317: BMW 594cc R69S
A development of BMW's R69, the more powerful R69S arrived in September 1960 to stake a claim as the world's finest sports tourer. The R69S' 42bhp made for a top speed of 110mph, and Motor Cycle hailed the newcomer as a "luxury roadster with superb high-speed performance yet docile traffic manners; magnificent steering, roadholding and brakes." An hydraulic steering damper and bar-end indicators were the most obvious differences between the 'S' models and their predecessors. All this came at the price of a new budget family car.
Dating from the penultimate year of production, this example is a very clean un-restored, mostly original bike, down to hardware and finishes throughout the motorcycle. Showing an original 44, 000 miles from new, the bike has been subject to an extensive 100+ hour, yet sympathetic restoration, including engine, transmission and final drive rebuild with new seals, gasket, Deves piston rings and bearings. The hubs were serviced as well as new steering and front swing arm bearing. All new cables and rubber parts were installed as necessary. The excellent and original example has been ridden a couple of hundred miles to ensure the new owner will take possession of a fantastic riding machine.
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Bonhams & Butterfields, Los Angeles
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||$17500|
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