1956 BMW R60

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This 1956 BMW R60 comes from the first year of production and was refurbished by its previous owner in 2006 with a refinished frame, fuel tank, and fenders as well as reconditioned drum brakes, aluminum wire wheels, and more. Power is from a 594cc opposed twin which was rebuilt with assistance from Cycle Works in Blue Springs, Missouri and is paired with four-speed gearbox and a reconditioned final drive. Additional equipment consists of a 6.5-gallon fuel tank, Euro-market handlebars, and a solo saddle. This R60 was displayed at the 2007 Legend of the Motorcycle Concours d’Elegance and is now offered by the seller on behalf of its current owner with parts invoices from the refurbishment and a clean California title in the owner’s name. 

1956 BMW R60

The fuel tank and fenders are said to have been refinished in two-stage black before double-row white pinstriping was painted by hand and new tank badges were installed. Powder coating was applied to the frame, Earles fork, and swingarm. Accessories include Albert mirrors and a rechromed Hella spotlight.

1956 BMW R60

Polished aluminum Weinmann rims are laced to the front and rear drum brake hubs with stainless spokes. The brake shoes were relined with modern material, the hub covers refinished in silver, and a set of Michelin radial tires fitted.  

1956 BMW R60

Replacement wiring and control cables were sourced along with a set of Hella Bar-end turn indicators. The 120-mph VDO speedometer was rebuilt by Palo Alto Speedometer, at which point the odometer was reset. Approximately 130 miles have been ridden since.

1956 BMW R60

The 594cc boxer twin was fitted with a reconditioned crankshaft from Cycle Works along with new pistons, bearings, and powder-coated cylinders. The exhaust threads on each cylinder head were reconditioned by Memphis Motor Werks before new valves and guides were installed. Induction is through a pair of Bing carburetors, and the exhaust system is a reproduction stainless steel version from EPCO.

1956 BMW R60

A photo of the engine case stamping is shown above, and close-ups of the matching numbers on the head tube badge and frame are provided in the gallery below.

1956 BMW R60

An owner’s manual, two tool rolls, and an assortment of BMW motorcycle literature are included in the sale along with a tool kit.

1956 BMW R60

The bike is sold with parts receipts from the refurbishment, in-process photos from which can be viewed in the gallery. A narrated walk-around and riding video is shown below.

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