This Rejuvenated 1965 BMW R50/2 Hosts Fresh Pipes and Overhauled Electrics


There are plenty of things you’ll love about this R50/2, but don’t expect it to come cheap.

It should go without saying that BMW Motorrad’s R50/2 is one gorgeous piece of machinery. Moreover, the bike’s iconic design language is unlike anything we’ve ever seen on other manufacturers’ machines. Thus, it’s no wonder moto-loving petrolheads are willing to spend a fair bit of cash when they discover one such entity on Bring A Trailer.

Without further ado, we have the pleasure of introducing you to a reconditioned 1965 model from Bavaria’s range, featuring a solo Denfeld saddle, Heidenau tires, and an aftermarket exhaust system with dual Hoske mufflers. Moreover, the Beemer’s instrumentation was refurbished under current ownership, while its lights and wiring harness have been deleted to make way for youthful substitutes.

In the powertrain department, the seller installed a repurposed camshaft that hails from an R69S, along with R50S pistons. Finally, BMW’s head-turner was enveloped in a shiny layer of fresh paintwork to keep things looking nice and fresh. This bad boy is up for grabs on the BaT platform, and it awaits your bids until Monday evening (October 4), when the online auction will come to an end.

Now, we hope that your bank account is well-fed because you’ll need something in the neighborhood of 10,000 freedom bucks to top the current bid. As for R50/2’s fundamental specifications, the Bavarian comes equipped with an air-cooled 494cc boxer-twin powerplant that’s mated to a four-speed transmission. The four-stroke mill packs dual Bing carburetors, two valves per cylinder, and a compression ratio of 7.5:1.

At around 5,800 rpm, the engine is capable of feeding 26 ponies to the rear wheel via an enclosed driveshaft, leading to a top speed of 87 mph (140 kph). A steel double cradle frame holds the entire structure in place, which sits on Earles forks and twin shock absorbers. Finally, stopping power is summoned by a duplex drum brake at the front and a simplex counterpart on the opposite end.