1969 R 69 US
ENGINE 594cc M268/3 boxer twin
OUTPUT 42 hp @ 7,000 rpm
CURB WEIGHT 438 lbs.
TOP SPEED 109 mph
PRICE WHEN NEW $1,648
YEARS PRODUCED 1960-’69
NUMBER BUILT 1,003
OWNER BMW NA Classic
LOCATION Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey
BMW began production of the R 69 in 1960.
Even though The R 69 US was only produced from 1967 to 1969, the U.S. version was a well-loved motorcycle and is considered favorite amongst collectors. This motorcycle was regarded as a gentleman’s cruiser that had a top speed of 109 mph. The indicator lights are conveniently located at the ends of the handlebars to improve visibility, and incidentally keep the view of the driver unobstructed. While the European model was created with the lugs to connect to a sidecar, this was not a common use in the US market.
The US models had a 594cc overhead valve, air-cooled M268/3 Boxer twin engine that produced 42 hp. The R 69 US came with telescopic forks, on the 68-69 models (later used on the BMW R-/5 series motorcycles). The US version was available in colors that were not available in Europe. Come see this R 69 US in eye stopping red at The Ultimate Driving Museum in Greer, SC.
To learn more about this motorcycle and others, check out the exhibition book authored by Jackie Jouret in our online giftshop.
BMW Motorcycle: A Century of Innovation exhibition is currently on display at The Ultimate Driving Museum through January 20, 2024. From a 1926 BMW R 32 to a 2023 BMW R 18 100th Anniversary edition are part of the 56 BMW motorcycles and five BMW motorcycle powered vehicles, like the Isetta 300, 600, and Farmobil are all part of the exhibition.
Museum hours are Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm | Saturday 10am – 4pm
(Last admission is an hour before closing each day)
Ticket prices are Adults 18+: $12, Youth 6-17: $6, Children 5 & under: Free
The Ultimate Driving Museum is located at 190 Manatee Court, Greer, SC 29651
www.theultimatedrivingmuseum.org | 864.329.1919
The BMW Motorcycles: A Century of Innovation exhibit is proudly sponsored by the following: