I always loved the look of vintage BMW motorcycles and their engines. I figured I would build a custom BMW bike at some point.
Just to see what’s out there, I clicked on motorcycles on that local interweb classified page. One should never click in classifieds that may contain your dream ride but there it was…a 1971 R60/5 and yes, it followed me home. What can I say!
As an original unmolested bike it would be a shame to tear it apart to build a custom. I think this bike should remain pretty much stock and enjoyed as it is.
The R60/5 was produced between 1970-1973. The 599cc engine was rated at 46hp @ 6,600rpm and could move the 440 lbs. bike to a top speed of 102mph.
Prior to the R60/5 the BMW motorcycles was rather sluggish and boring.
BMW stole Hans-Günther von der Marwitz from Porsche and that was a good thing as his first job was to design a new bike…this one.
The new design called for an improved engine. The engine now uses a chain driver cam shaft and the connecting rods came from the 2.8-liter 6-cylinder car engine. The electrical system was upgraded with a 12-volt alternator and electric starter.
The new tubular frame was lightweight and 7.3-inch drum brakes were responsible for the stopping part. Another brilliant design solution by Hans-Günther (yeah, I feel like I am on a first name basis with this dude) was that the drive shaft also served as part of the swing arm.
The suitcases…ahem, the saddle bags are like new, not a scratch.
The seat is perfect as well.
It came with original keys for the saddle bags and the seat lock.
Bike cover…then again, why would you want to cover this beauty? I can just sit and look at it!
The previous owner just added these Mikuni carbs. The work well so I will just leave them. I did get the original Bing carbs with the bike.
A full set of the original tools was found under the lockable seat.
Repair manual and the original owner’s manual complete with previous owner’s handwritten notes.
I am a firm believer in “less is more” so I think this chrome bar need to go. I like chrome and cool accessories as much as the next guy but these vintage BMW bikes bring out the practical utilitarian in me.
More “take off” stuff. These LED auxiliary lights are brighter than the stock head light but they don’t look right on this bike. So off they go. Maybe they get recycled as back up lights on my truck or something.
BMW R60 diet:
None of this is needed to ride this bike and it looks better and cleaner as well.
Do like the French…use a condom…safety first you know! This cover makes the white H4 bulb emit…you guessed it…Yellow light! Looks great on a black bike.
Without the head light bar. Looks cleaner.
The bar end mirrors did not look era correct so they had to go in favor of these perfect stock units.
Sexy! The new rear shocks came delivered in red fishnet stockings. This are IKON brand and they have both adjustable pre load settings and rebound. I added for the top cover as that makes them look like a factory part.
There it is. Lighter, cleaner and meaner as in pure motorcycle.It will be a great summer.