Cleaning out the basement over the weekend, I came across a box of old Bing carbs that I picked up for almost nothing at some time in my ancient past. I thought that I might cannibalize them for parts, but they have been buried for twenty years and I never found any use for them.
Here are the numbers:
Does anyone recognize what these might be for? I hate to just toss them out. The bodies are good on most of them and they all have salvageable bits.
Allan Atherton has a copy of the Bing manual for the older carbs on his website:
I don't see the 1/24/116 carb listed...have no idea what a 1/25/2 carb is. Interesting...you have a carb to an R50S...might be something a bit rare??
There is another website, BingPower or something...they have a more extensive list of carbs and specs. It's not fully complete, but another source:
...1/25/2 is for a Zundapp KS601, a truly fine machine...that's the motorcycle that BMW copied, but could never quite get it right...
If you have a left side carb for a R69s I am interested in purchasing it! I always wondered why the Zundapp looks so similar to BMW's. How did their chain drive primary/transmissions hold up? I thnk the BMW one is a more simple/robust unit by the looks of things
1/24/116 ........Zundapp Bella 204 scooter (?)
1/24/149 ........R50/2 1960 -9
1/24/151 ........ R60/2 1966
1/24/152 ......... R60/2 1966
1/25/2 ............. ? ? ? ?
1/26/71 ............ R50s/2 1960-2
you should contact Bing USA for accurate listing
...I was trying to be cute: their both fine machines we should all be happy to have for a time in our lives. The front end, gearbox, and rear plungers are more robust on a Zundapp, but the mainframe is much better on the corresponding BMW (R67). The R68 is faster than the sport model KS601, and more expensive. IMO, the BMW"s are much more attractive, and as investments there's no comparison...
I've had the pleasure of riding a couple of them: a 1938 K500 and a 1952 KS601. To the rider, a Zündapp makes a BMW feel flimsy--they are that robustly built. I've been told that the chains in the transmission last a long time because of the sealed environment, and that when one does let go, it's an easy repair without the need for heat, special tools and precise shimming.
WOW. You're a pretty generous guy, as old BMW carbs sell like hotcakes on eBay. Your list could fetch you at least $500, even if the carbs are missing parts. There is even a market for ratty carbs where the bottom of the float bowls are pitted and leaking. Just about any serviceable or rebuildable /2 part is worth some cash. Next time you're contemplating throwing /2 bits in the trash, please PM me and I'll buy them from you!
Contact "the Zundapp Fool" on the web as that world seems to revolve around him.
Yeah, I hear you regarding accumulating junk and all. I too had A LOT of old parts that I decided to get rid of over the past year. I was amazed after experimenting online trying to sell old BMW stuff. There were some individual items that I was ready to throw in the trash that fetched big bucks and the folks who bought some of the parts were so appreciative. Kind of an eye opener for me. In comparison, I tried selling a bunch of old two stroke Yamaha stuff and that was a big loser compared to the BMW parts. in any event, the point is that some parts for /2 bikes can be surprisingly valuable, and I will continue to make the effort to sell my surplus online. The days of spending a weekend trying to disperse stuff at the local swap meet are over for me, and it is so unusual that I'm able to make back some real cash after spending so much on bikes, cars, and hoarding parts over the years!
Sonofrust - the next time you have a part that someone is desperately needing to get their bike going, consider giving it to them at no cost. You will be surprised how good it makes you feel. We all know that nothing is for free these days and that is exactly why you should do it. Today its just $ $ $. I have given away many bits and pieces for free and will continue doing so. I have never regretted or needed one single bit afterwards. And you'll be surprised, the favour will be repaid when you really need or least expect it. I cannot think that 30 years ago when club members met, they sqeezed every little cent out of every bit. That is one of the reasons I choose to be part of a group sharing the same interest. Good for you Jon Miller.
BTW, if everyone had to pay for technical advice on this forum since day one we would have all been broke.