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BMW R60 Rennsport Tribute Café Racer

Country of Manufacture:
Year: 1968
Vin #:  Frame: 1811810,   Engine: 1811810
Frame: Oval and round tube double loop cradle. Frame modified with custom rear sets
FRONT: Custom front end, telescopic hydraulic forks, Megura clip-ons, custom tripe tree
REAR: Long swinging arm with struts, coil springs and shock absorbers
Wheels: Alloy rims with stainless steel spokes. Stainless steel fenders.
FRONT: Custom Grimeca leading 4 shoe drums with air scoops
REAR: 200mm drums
Weight (dry): Unknown since modifications but considerably lighter than the standard bike
Tank Capacity: Period optional Hoske “Grosser Sporttank” 8.45 gal (US), 7.04 gal (UK), 32 Litres
Horsepower: Unknown since modification but substantially more than the standard motorcycle
Gearbox: 4 speed
Type: 4 stroke
Cylinders: 2. Horizontally opposed Boxer, pushrod    operated. 2 valves per cylinder                                          Displacement: 594 cc
Compression Ratio: Unknown but increased over original    7.5:1 through use of high compression pistons and    lightened flywheel
Ignition: Battery with Bosch Magneto and Generator
Clutch: Single dry plate
Primary Drive: Drive shaft to rear hub
Carburetors: Upgraded to Dell’Orto
Top Speed: Unknown

History/Production: This custom motorcycle started out as a pedestrian 1968 matching number, R60/2. It was built as a tribute to BMW’s famous cafe racing Rennsport’s of the 1950’s and 1960’s. The frame was modified to accommodate custom rear sets. A totally custom front end was designed comprising Grimeca leading 4 shoe drums, alloy rims with stainless spokes, Megura clip-ons mounted to a custom alloy triple tree, a period competition/Police Hella headlamp bucket, without speedometer but with the addition alongside of a genuine period VDO tachometer. A period optional Hoske “Grosser Sporttank” with 8.45 gallon capacity was installed along with a custom “café racer” style seat and stainless steel fenders. The rear taillight is Dami Racer.  The standard R60/2 engine (which many believe is better suited to performance upgrades than the higher compression R69S engine), was upgraded with high compression pistons, a lightened flywheel and the addition of Dell’Orto carburetors.

The “Rennsport” has won the Concour on Ocean Avenue in Carmel, the Award of Excellence at the Greenwich Connecticut Concours, and been shown at the Quail Motorsports Gathering Concours and the Quail Motorcycle Gathering, both in Carmel California

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