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BMW R50/2 1968 500cc 2 cyl ohv

Price:
€12500
Date Published:
20 Jun 2016
Location:
Austria, Austria

Manufacturer: BMW Model: R50/2 Year: 1968 Displacement: 490cc Engine type: 4-stroke / ohv Cylinders: 2 Bore/stroke: 68x68mm Power: 26hp Weight: 198kg Topspeed: 145km/h Frame number: 632110 Engine number: 632110 In the early 1950s BMW concentrated on refining what were essentially pre-war designs but by 1955 was ready with a brace of new machines, the R50 and R69. Of 494cc and 594cc respectively, the newcomers inherited the up-dated flat-twin engine introduced on the R51/3 a few years previously but deployed this in all-new cycle parts, the most notable departures from preceding practice being an Earles-type leading-link front fork and swinging-arm rear suspension enclosing the driveshaft in the right leg - developments first seen on the works racers. The twins carried on with only minor detail changes for the next few years and then in August 1960 an entirely new and much improved engine was announced. The '500' continued thereafter as the R50/2 and the '600' became the R69S, while a high-performance version of the former, the R50S, was added to the range. Luxury tourers, the R50 and R69 sold to discerning enthusiasts to whom expense mattered little when set against the excellence of BMW engineering. This matching number R50/2 machine is an interesting bike these days. The 2 cylinder engine runs very smooth it is a reliable and well presented bike.