R 69S Barn Find 9000?

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  1. Beamer Bum

    Beamer Bum Been here awhile

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  2. blaine.hale

    blaine.hale Long timer

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    Seems like the guy selling it doesn't agree with the price either.
    "Price is firm, unfortunately"
    He's probably selling it for someone else.
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  3. Uncle Pollo

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    Pesos.
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  4. Beezer Josh

    Beezer Josh Moto-Amish

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    Or his wife is making him sell the bike. "Yeah, sure, honey. I'll sell it ASAP." Later on down the road: "Sorry honey, but I just couldn't get any takers!"
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  5. Pokie

    Pokie Just plain Pokie.

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    Those bikes are getting more and more rare but at this point in time,..... he's dreaming. And that's not a good dream either.
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  6. disston

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    He had me going for a minute. High, yes. But I was thinking it may be worth a try. These things are becoming uber rare. Then there's the line, "Engine is locked up." That's a deal breaker for me.

    It's OK. I didn't want to go to Chicago anyway.
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  7. Beamer Bum

    Beamer Bum Been here awhile

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    Yeah, the seized engine is what got me.
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  8. r60man

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    Nothing is rare about that bike, let alone "super rare"
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  9. blaine.hale

    blaine.hale Long timer

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    a 69S? They're getting pretty darn hard to come by and pretty darn expensive. I think the price on this one will be very fair in a few years time (maybe not seized up, though)
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  10. trailrider71us

    trailrider71us I can't b fired,only sold

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    There was a R69S on Ebay that was dissasembled (i.e.Basket case)
    that sold for around $8500.
    Another couple R60/2 I saw recently for $6K w/ a bad engine
    another total basket for $3600 firm.

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  11. disston

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    The R69S is not an R60/2. I found 3 or 4 for sale R69S bikes. For a running bike the lowest price was $14,500. Another in Chicago wanted $25K The prices on these bikes has doubled in the last 10 years. I think there are a lot of them. They are parked and not for sale. Pretty soon nobody will be able top ride his R69S bike. It will be worth too much.

    Did see see R60/2 bikes for less than $3,000. Running.
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  12. elmontanero

    elmontanero Practicing...

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    I'd be my dream to find one in town for that.
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  13. caponerd

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    There were a total of 11,000 R69S's made.
    Rare? Compared to almost any year/model of Japanese bike built after 1960, or any modern BMW, yes.
    But they're out there for anyone who really wants one.
    I have two; a wreck with a good motor and a good rolling chassis with no motor, so one good bike with non-matching numbers.
    The matching numbers on that one is the only "sales point" of any value that applies to it.
    The heavy coat of dirt suggests it's had a hard life, and being in Illinois, means that there's probably a lot more rust under that dirt than the seller is aware of.

    Here's what I think a $9000 bike should look like.
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    Mine, all shined up for the camera. I probably have about $9000 invested in it since I bought it in 1990, incuding the original $1600 for the two basket cases that contributed to building it.
    Looks good from a distance, but won't stand up to close scrutiny, there are many subtle flaws.
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  14. caponerd

    caponerd Kickstart Enthusiast

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    They are never going to reach that point.
    I have several friends who own various models of Vincent who ride them regularly. One of them, a Black Shadow brought $76,000 at a Mid-America auction in Monterey several years ago.
    The owner let me ride it a week before the auction.

    Pic or it didn't happen!
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  15. CaptainCrunch

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    I've seen this go across CL a couple times. As of right now it's just a filthy bike with a seized engine, and those aren't hard to find. Having an honest-to-god title is a nice surprise.

    What it needs isn't necessarily hard, but it's going to be hella expensive.
    If I had to buy an R69S or I would surely die, this would one of the few mechanical instances where I'd just go buy a decently nice one. Probably cost the same all said and done, and somebody else can gather the parts and deal with the frustration and tetanus.
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  16. ozmoses

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    That really is the issue. Start getting into collectible status and you become a collector not a rider; plus, crash one of these and it is gone forever. I'd love to own one but I'd want to ride it not look at it!

    I really regret not purchasing what appeared to be a well sorted, and local, '68 /2 three or four years ago. Price was $5K. Problem was that the seller, who at the time was rebuilding two Morgans from the frame up, wouldn't admit/take credit for refreshing the bike, although he clearly had. Most /2s I see now are almost twice that...
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  17. caponerd

    caponerd Kickstart Enthusiast

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    And yet we'll happily pay $25,000 for a new Harley or BMW with all the farkles.

    Vintage BMW's aren't that hard to find, and for what you get, not that expensive.
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  18. ozmoses

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    it's not the pricing I'm so hung up on as the fact that they ain't making anymore, hence their collect-ability. A real shame for such fine machines to become mere eye candy.

    For the record,though-I hope to never pay $25K for any vehicle ever!
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  19. blaine.hale

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    There's also the fact that only a % of those bikes SURVIVED the times. Plenty of crashes out there ;)
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  20. riggpigg

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    You couldn't touch a Black Shadow for 76K today, as a matter of fact they are bringing twice that and more as a restored machine. BMW R 69s restored are now bringing 20k and up. Mid America auctions and Bonhams auction results will confirm this.
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