1964 BMW R 69S

The youngest BMW motorcycle in our Museum is a R 69S in Dover white, a change from the usual color of  black. In production from 1955 to 1964, this model used a 34 cu.in. engine and shaft drive system like the other BMWs: it has no chain drive.

BMW started production of the R 69 series in 1955, and continued with R 69S and R 69US models until 1969. The model became popular with its different colors and Steib S 500 sidecar: Steib sidecars were manufactured according to the specifications of BMW motorcycles. R 69S’s won numerous motorcycle races with sidecar.

The R 69 and R 69S utilised the Earles Fork for the front wheel, a design patented to the Englishman Ernest Earls in 1953, and a “double-loop” frame, called chassis.

Selling 11,317 numbers from 1960 to 1969, the R 69S’s 42 bhp engine allowed it to reach 108 mph. This speed drops to 65 mph with the largest model of chrome-free Steib S 500 sidecar. The R 69S was the most suitable motorcycle for a sidecar in the 60s. That is why it won many medals in motorcycle-and-sidecar races. It remained in production from 1955 to 1960 as the R 69 (with 35 bhp), and as the R 69US from 1968 to 1969.

An R 69S in good condition with an original sidecar can now command a price of around 23,400 Dollars.

1964 BMW R 69S

  • Make BMW
  • Model R 69S
  • Body Style Classic Bike + Sidecar
  • Year 1964
  • Origin Germany
  • Production Total 11,317
  • Rider Capacity 2 (+1 sidecar)


  • Engine 268/3, Flat Twin (Boxer), OHV, Gasoline, 4 stroke, 34 cu.inch, 42 bhp, 7000 rpm
  • Bore x Stroke 2.83 x 2.87 inch
  • Transmission Manual, 4-speed, single-plate, saucer spring, dry, foot shift
  • Top Speed 108 mph (with sidecar 65 mph)
  • Fuel System 2 carburetors
  • Primary Drive Kick starter, shaft
  • Final Drive Shaft
  • Frame 245/2, steel, double-loop, tubular
  • Suspension Front Earles fork, shock absorbers
    Rear Long swingarm, shock absorbers
  • Electrical System 6 Volt, 60 Watt (Generator, Bosch LJ/CGE 60/6/1700R)
  • Brakes 2-wheels drum
  • Wheelbase 55.7 inch
  • Overall Length 83.66 inch
  • Overall Width 28.42 inch
  • Saddle Height 38.58 inch
  • Ground Clearance 5 inch
  • Shipping Weight 450 lbs (with sidecar 713 lbs)
  • Tires Front 3.50 x 18s – Rear 4.00 x 18s