Help identifying this old Beemer.

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by thevulture, Apr 11, 2012.

  1. thevulture

    thevulture Been here awhile

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    My grandfather bought a Beemer in 1960. This is the only photo I have of him with his bike, he passed away a few years later. Can any of you bike wizards identify it?
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  2. merge87

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    I won't claim to be a wizard, but it looks like an R60 /2 to me. Someone much smarter than I may prove me otherwise though!
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  3. bmwloco

    bmwloco Long timer

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    R50 or R60...bench seat. I have a '66 R60 with dual Denfeld solo seats. Looks like that one.
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  4. bpeckm

    bpeckm Grin!

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    Definitely an R50 or R60: the R69 had different valve covers. And definitely a "Slash 2" series... so either an R50/2 or an R60/2. No way to tell them apart without looking at their jugs.... :rofl
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  5. wirewrkr

    wirewrkr the thread-killer

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    If it was built before the1961 model year it would just be an R50 or an R60. The /2 designation started with the 61 models. There were a lot of modifications and upgrades done all over the bike for the new series. . Even The R69 changed to the R69S in 61. If we had a clear shot of the front of the cylinder I could tell you the engine size, and if we had a clear profile shot I could tell you which generation it was.
    BUT you say he bought in 1960, so that rules out the /2 designation. Unless he bought it at the end of the year when the new models were introduced. New or used?
    That will sort that one out
    It's either an R50 or an R60.
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  6. thevulture

    thevulture Been here awhile

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    Thanks guys! I wish I had another photo of it to totally figure it out.
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  7. ozmoses

    ozmoses Ride On

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    Whatever vintage it is, your grandfather certainly seems to be enjoying it!

    Just idle curiosity, where was that photo taken?
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  8. thevulture

    thevulture Been here awhile

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    I'm almost positive he bought it new, but I do not know what time of the year he bought it.
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  9. thevulture

    thevulture Been here awhile

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    It was taken in Colorado. He had a Triumph before getting this bike, I'll scan that photo and post it one day.
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  10. riggpigg

    riggpigg Known,but not famous

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    Looks like he was as ATGATT as he could be in 1960!! Just sold two R50's a 59 and a 1960 to a guy up by Minneapolis. Neat pix!!
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  11. danedg

    danedg Horizontally Opposed

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    What's the serial number?:ear
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  12. thevulture

    thevulture Been here awhile

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    I have no idea, he died a year later and it was sold.
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