1969 BMW R60 U.S.

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The 1969 BMW R60 motorcycle was made in Germany. It featured an air-cooled, twin cylinder four stroke engine. The ignition was by magneto. The engine was rated at 30 b.h.p. at 5,800 r.p.m. The engine displacement was 593cc based upon a bore and stroke of 72 X 73mm. Fuel was supplied via two Bing 24mm carburetor. Getting the power to the ground was by a four speed transmission that was shaft driven. The suspension featured front telescopic forks and rear twin shocks. Stopping was by front and rear drum brakes. The motorcycle weighed in at 457 pounds. Top speed for the bike was 95 m.p.h.

According to the museum's fact sheet "In an effort to increase their sales in the United States, BMW abandoned the Earles type leading link forks used for many years, for a modern telescopic fork. Also an all-white color was optional, which helped to jazz up the basic 1950's design. BMW virtually invented the hydraulic damped telescopic fork, putting it into production in 1935. Today the majority of motorcycles use variations of this fork, with the exception of BMW, who have developed alternative designs."

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