1968 BMW R60/2


2-cyl. 594cc/30hp

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Fitted with a fairing, Hella handlebar-end turn signals, and crash bars to protect the cylinders, the 1968 BMW R60/2 made quite a sophisticated statement. It was just different from other motorcycles on the road at the time. Leather saddlebags offered by BMW importer Butler & Smith enhanced the sophistication even further. And now, besides the standard Earles-type leading-link front suspension with hydraulic dampers, a contemporary telescopic fork with good anti-dive behavior was available with a new model, the R60US. Developed in endurance racing, the fork provided 8.4 inches of travel and sufficient resistance to dive under heavy braking to make the Earles fork obsolete.

Otherwise, the R60/2 also continued with a twin-leading-shoe front drum brake and single-shoe rear drum. And it still made do with a six-volt, 60-watt Bosch electrical system with magneto. With bore and stroke of 72 x 73mm and a low 7.5:1 compression ratio, the air-cooled, overhead-valve, horizontally opposed 593cc twin produced 30hp at 5,800 rpm. A pair of inclined 24mm Bing carburetors with sliding throttle and needle valves managed fuel flow. Unitized construction mated the engine to the four-speed gearbox. Top speed was 90 mph (or 69 mph with sidecar). Tank capacity was 4.5 gallons, but an oversize 6.5-gallon tank was available. Black with white pinstriping was standard, but the R60/2 looked smashing in Granada Red or Dover White, among the special-order colors available. Once again, production was around 2,500 bikes, but in 1968 some 1,836 had the old Earles fork and 728 had the new telescopic fork.

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