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The same seller that has the R26 in my other thread (http://vintagebmw.org/v7/node/13203) has this R69S with a claimed 21K kms on it.

This is a more expensive bike (obviously), but I'm also considering this one. I know it's a completely different animal, much greater performance and more sought after that an R26, and frankly a little out of my budget.

I'll appreciate your comments, and any idea as to how much a bike like this could be worth.

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Looks like a nice bike. I

Looks like a nice bike. I would streatch my budget and go for it. It's a much more useful motorcycle and a lot more fun to ride. You may get tired of that single quickly. Plus they just keep going up in value. My guess without actually seeing it $15000 to $18000. Seat is missing chrome grab handles pinstriping is wrong, front cover looks polished, foot pegs newer, hub covers chrome (should be painted). At that mileage engine and drive train should be like new, tight and quiet. Check if the crankshaft harmonic balancer is still in place.

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Probably a mid '60s bike?? I

Probably a mid '60s bike?? I wonder about the 21K kms...one of the things that I look at are the footpegs to see how worn they are. In this case, the ones on this bike have been changed to mid '70s versions, so I can't make a guess if the mileage is near correct. A few other things have been changed...maybe it because there was limited BMW parts availability by the previous owner.

The bike looks nice enough...it's likely been repainted...the pin stripes are reversed as the thinner stripe is supposed to be on the inside. The speedometer doesn't seem to be the right one for an R69S. That small number in the dial should be 0.78 or 0.75 depending on the rear end ratio. The table I have doesn't even show what a 0.715 should go with.

Do the frame and engine numbers match? What do you know about the maintenance history?

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Thanks for the comments. I

Thanks for the comments.

I will check the harmonic balancer, and there are no maintenance records.

The price is within the range you mention, almost split in the middle

The speedometer comment is interesting

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R69S

Henry, This is a very easy call for me. I would absolutely get the R69S. It looks quite complete and mostly original with several nice options. In my opinion the R69S is a bike you can use for many years and ride anywhere. The R26 to me would be of little or no real value
. Years ago I was looking for an R27 thinking this would be a great bike to have. After looking casually for fifteen years I located one and bought it. Very clean and original. Keep in mind there are many more classic /2's around(available) today than there was years ago. So, I brought home the single and after riding it several times I realized I didn't like it at all. I have never regretted selling it and buying the R69S I have today and totally love. As far as the price I think it should be in the $10,000 to $12,000 area .
My bike came without a harmonic balancer in place and it's been fine for the 30 years I've owned it. So I really don't feel that's an issue at all. Michael

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It looks like as nice

It looks like as nice bike,all the important parts are there,even the factory steering damper particular to the R69S. I think this bike is a great starting point,but hope for the best and be ready for the worst. Even if it needed a complete engine or trans rebuild,the R69S is a blue chip BMW and will be worth the investment,since it costs almost the same to rebuild a R50/R60 engine.
I bought two bikes that "looked great",these were both plunger bikes,one bike was delivered with great looking paint,nice tires,etc.....but rode like crap (forks),leaked oil from the transmission like a sieve,too much play at the rear wheel,front wheel bearing loose,etc. These issues are more than likely what caused this bike to cover only 800 kilometers in the 10 years he owned it. He mentioned it was "on display" in his house,and now I knew why....the bike was not fit to ride.
In a way,it was a blessing in disguise,it gave me a freshly painted and mostly restored/rebuilt bike with some minor flaws. I had to remove the transmission and re shim the gears and fit the seals,and now that is fixed,lubed and shimmed the front wheel,re-shimmed/rebuilt the rear end,put oil in the forks,and the bike is now a reliable and awesome to ride bike.
My other bike....well that turned into another situation altogether which I will share later,but lets just say that It has taken me 20K to realize that it needs an engine rebuild. So sometimes you get lucky,and sometimes you don't,either way it's a gamble and you are "all in".
You may get lucky and get a bike with some small issues,or none at all......no risk,no reward.................that bike is nice,and good luck.

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Maybe a trip to the shop first ?

If you've any BMW Gurus in your area, perhaps the seller in good faith would allow you to have the bike gone over before you commit. If the speedo's wrong, by extension the mileage is wrong. If the mileage is wrong then where are the slingers and other engine innards? I don't know for certain, but the timing gear cover is a different shade then the engine case. That in turn could mean volumes or nothing. Best to know in advance. An unknown service history can lead to a bigger bill then bad pinstripes.

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Thanks again for your

Thanks again for your comments

I have decided to pass on the R69, too many unknowns and too high a price.

I did buy the R26 though...

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