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Old 10-31-2017, 09:23:39 PM
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My brother and I came about this cycle over the summer thru word of mouth. Was told to come take a look at it and I finally made the time this evening to check it out and couldn't pass it by. Been covered up in a local garage since 1981. It's a 1 owner 1956 BMW R50 with orig owners manual! Gonna need tires and a freshin up from what I see. Tank is clean and got good compression. A good start! Never owned a bmw, but hear they are a comfortable ride. 😎🏍.
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Nice find!!!!!!!......

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A nice find indeed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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A classic!
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Say what is next to the bike , just snoopy !
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Hi Wayne, that's a sears lawn tractor I believe from mid to late 1960's.
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Nice find, I owned a R 60 600CC. They also made a R 69's which was slightly faster. Almost bought a new one. Nice ridding and it has the Earl's leading link front forks, which I found you had to make it go around corners. Not just lean in.
around 1966 they came out with telescopic front forks. If you check the rear springs their should be a handle to change the softness. Also the drive shaft housing at the rear wheel had I think a plug on top to put lube in for the bearing. My Goldwing had a grease nipple.

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I cannot see in the picture but mine had a slider for the air intake for winter starting. To start it hold down the "tickle button" on top of the Bosch carburetors until gas runs out and stand facing it and step down the start lever.
I got to where if I stalled it in traffic dragging Broadway I could stand over it and kick start it. I bought a used solo seat for mine witch made the ride even smoother. I won't talk about the day a nurse asked me to take her for a ride with her tight nurses uniform on. well maybe later.
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Ive rode a 58 like that. Great bikes but handle funky with the Earls fork. And shifting is tricky. Dont baby it just shove it right in or you'll go right past the next gear and be between gears. Its a learning curve. Oh and they clunk into gear when shifting thats normal. As far as the tickler valves on the carbs dont even bother. Those carbs will be leaking and flooding on their own sitting there and will give the engine plenty of fuel for starting LOL
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They are great bikes. They do shift like old Mack trucks, you have to wait for them. I could reach over the seat and push the starting lever with my hand and start it. The electric system is only 6v and 60 watts so the headlight is not very bright for night riding in the country. I wish that I had never sold mine. Look inside the headlight, the wiring may be getting crispy. I loved the Earls fork. Not a quick bike but very smooth and fast. Heavy flywheel like a John Deere 2 cylinder tractor. Yours is about 25 horse power. Put hardened exhaust valves and rotators in or you will be doing the valves every 3,000 miles or so. The Bing carbs are very simple and trouble free. It has drum brakes and is not like stopping a modern disc brake equipt bike. There is lots of support out there for these old Beemers. Read the owners manual as there are some things in there that will surprise you. Make sure that you get the tool kit, it is extensive and has all the tools to do a valve job except the valve spring compressor.
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We were lucky to find an original seat and got it mounted and running with some tinkering. Here is a video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qI9c_ATHLbU
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