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Old 03-23-2010, 05:36 PM   #16
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I just learned that 2 years of the /2 US models came with telescopic forks.

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Old 03-23-2010, 06:10 PM   #17
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The names have been changed to protect the not so innocent....
Sam's in Athens...Zircon is in Statesboro...Carl's in Toledo or somethin'...
...Scheckler...
Most everybody I know with one is from Ohio...
..the bike is from Ohio...I've got the title info from the PO's...couple of 'em are still kicking!
Sam & Bob keep ridin' 'em from there to NY, New England, and back every year...
Thought it might be time to check one out....
One day...they showed up with 3, instead of 2


These guys have been riding these bikes like this for 20 years...
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Old 03-23-2010, 06:14 PM   #18
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I just learned that 2 years of the /2 US models came with telescopic forks.

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They are known as the R60 US models...
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Old 03-23-2010, 06:50 PM   #19
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brilliant opener Dan.
we wrench to ride, and the bike teaches us.
Long may you run
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Old 03-23-2010, 07:13 PM   #20
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I encourage all you closet /2 owners to post 'em up here...

My /2 story starts in the summer of 1971.
I was 19 and home from my first year away at college.
I was also perhaps the most clueless 19 year old in the history of... well, history!

Like many, I started at age 16 with a VW bug. It soon turned into a succession of Corvairs, the last of which turned into a (rusty) Alfa Giulia Veloce Spider.
I worked all through HS & college and (apparently) specialized in acquiring things which other folks seemed to want more than I. This conveniently freed me to find The Next Thing.

One day, to my mother's complete horror, I seemed to require a motorcycle. Yes! A BMW motorcycle would go back to college with me. See Mom, it's cheaper to operate and insure, and will be much easier to park.

So, the Alfa went... somewhere, and I promptly located and purchased a 1966 R50/2 BMW motorcycle. It was delivered by a very curious seller
What? Why was it delivered?

Because I had never ridden a motorcycle before!
In. My. Entire. Life.

Yup. No mini-bike, no dirt bike, nothing.
How hard could it be?

As it turned out, it was a little harder than I had planned for.
But, nothing succeeds like stupidity perseverance.
Soon I was wobbling around the neighborhood as though I knew what I was doing.

I soon discovered the Penton Brothers motorcycle shop over in Amherst was a BMW dealer.
They also had these really cool dirt bikes called "Pentons".
Yup, I learned a lot that summer.

In the fall, back at my college dorm, the guy across the hall had a BSA 441 Victor!
And we soon met a guy who had a Yamaha TD250 roadracer -and- he let us "help" him at the races!
I also met my wife-to-be and that next summer Ginny and I rode the /2 up to Canada and down to North Carolina.
The hook was set.


Here's a picture of #638206 from summer 1972:



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Old 03-23-2010, 07:24 PM   #21
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Great story...I assume she's still on the road?

Jezebel...yes, I named her...before she arrived...is #627630

NYS Dept. Of Motor Vehicles, has a REALLY hard time with vehicles posessing a 6 digit VIN!



Oh Look!...she's non plated.... There's a story!
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Old 03-23-2010, 07:31 PM   #22
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What's interesting about that photo are those exhaust pipes. Recently there was a fellow looking for pricing on those pipes and I always imagined they were a much later aftermarket item. I've got a set too and though I'd rather have the original style, the thought of "another" $700 going into the bike has me accepting that which is paid for.

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Old 03-23-2010, 07:42 PM   #23
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I was gonna say those aren't the same pipes that Jezebel arrived with... but I could be wrong...
I don't know nuthin', but I was told they were Sirwins. They remind me of Thrush Glasspacks...without the glass! Loud MOFO'S!!!!!!
I still got 'em...beat up and all....
I'll stick 'em back on when I get rebellious!

Here's another one


OK!...It sounded like a Harley...you could hear this black piece of junk, comin' for miles....
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Old 03-23-2010, 08:00 PM   #24
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brilliant opener Dan.
we wrench to ride, and the bike teaches us.
Long may you run

I'll quote that!...
..er.... paraphrase that...
I was wrenching, while I was riding, while I was learnin' to ride!!!
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Old 03-23-2010, 08:53 PM   #25
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I was gonna say those aren't the same pipes that Jezebel arrived with... but I could be wrong...
I don't know nuthin', but I was told they were Sirwins. They remind me of Thrush Glasspacks...without the glass! Loud MOFO'S!!!!!!
I still got 'em...beat up and all....
I'll stick 'em back on when I get rebellious!
The pipes in your photo are a lot thinner, I'm not surprised they're on the loud side (not much room for baffling). Talk about Glasspacks, I had some Harley Sportster pipes on my old 850T and that thing sounded mean!

By the way Dan, thanks for getting this thread up and going. It's still going to be months until my /2 hits the road and I'm not getting enough inspiration from "the list".
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Old 03-23-2010, 08:59 PM   #26
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So I've got a bike...now what?


Learning how to kick start this BITCH on a wet lawn would be helpful!!!
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Old 03-24-2010, 05:56 AM   #27
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you finally went and started your own thread and I totally missed it. Sorry man.

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Old 03-24-2010, 06:00 AM   #28
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Datchew threatened me with physical violence if I didn't kickstart one up...
I was going to direct Stagehand to pee in your crankcase.
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Old 03-24-2010, 07:02 AM   #29
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I just learned that 2 years of the /2 US models came with telescopic forks.

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Old 03-24-2010, 07:16 AM   #30
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my story begins with a R75/6, my first real motorcycle. The first being a 70cc Honda mini bike which my brother ceased the engine on.
I liked the /6 but liked the /5 instrument in the bucket, so I went looking. Didn't find the /5, but what is a R50/2 I wondered seeing the add in Craiglist?
Went to look at it, looked like a /5 but whats with the rear suspension.
After driving it home I learned what a /2 was and what I had was a /2 US. Having never riden and Earles fork bike, I might someday pick up a set and swap them out for a while, but there is and R69S engine that needs building
Had it now for 6 years, been great. Slinger is done, added a R69S/R50S cam, someday some R50S pistons....But it was the start of something, and that something lead to a /3, but that is a different thread.
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