2012-07-05 16:46:59+0000
  • Make:
  • BMW
  • Model:
  • R 60/2
  • Year:
  • 1956

A German built motorcycle, the BMW R60/2 was produced from 1956-1969. The bike has a four stroke, two cylinder, air cooled 594 cc engine, it has a top speed of 90 mph (145 km/h). Over 20,000 bikes were manufactured during the time period.

The R60 was designed primarily as a rugged motorcycle to pull sidecars (mounting points were built in). Towards the late '60s along with the 50/2 and R69S, this marked the end of sidecar-capable BMW's. By this time sidecars were no longer a consideration of most riders; people were interested in sportier motorcycles. The R60's driveshaft is enclosed in an oil bath within the right swingarm, this meant that leaking seals could become a problem for the owners. Because the clutch was dry, there were seals at the rear of the crankshaft, at both ends of the transmission, at the rear of the driveshaft, and at the front and rear of the rear drive unit. Lots of seals to develop leaks.

A famous BMW rider during 1960s named Danny Liska took R60 motorcycles on rides from Alaska to the Tip of South America in one trip, and from Europe's North Cape to South Africa's Cape of Good Hope in a second journey. His book about the first trip, Two Wheels to Adventure (Alaska to Argentina by Motorcycle), was published in 2004.

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