With custom bike culture exploding in recent years, the history and importance of the two-wheeled machines that first rolled off of the production line are often overlooked. Stock Stories tells the tales of these motorcycles. After World War I, a combination of treaties regulating Germany's manufacturing and military capabilities resulted in the dissolution of the country's air force and heavy restrictions on aircraft production. https://www.hagerty.com/media/motorcycles/stock-stories-bmw-r69s/
Thank you, Martin, for posting such an interesting article that details several racing events outside of BMW's Werks bikes. Your art is the cherry on top.
During the early 2000s' I met John Penton at Vintage Motorcycle Days Mid-Ohio. It was a treat to meet the man whom BMW had plastered his photo on several of their print ads, of which I still have one. As we chatted about his marathon coast-to-coast record run, Mr. Penton shared that since he did not have enough time to properly stop and check the R69's oil level, he just dumped in a quart during a gas stop as he was nearing LA.
Mr. Penton was so kind that he took the time to pose next to my late father's 1960 R50, the bike I rode down from the Detroit Metro area. It won first place in its category. My father's R50 was a bike I learned to ride when I was 12. She is an unrestored beauty with only ~17K miles. ...Your article brings back many fond memories of simpler times. Thank you!
The crankshaft's rod bearing oiling used a centrifugal slinger that of you didn't do frequent hot oil changes would slowly pack up with the normal grit and sludge until at 30,000 miles =/- would starve the rod bearings (rollers) for oil and they'd throw rod, hence you could always find incredible deals on new looking /2's with 30,000 miles .