The Zen And Art…1969 BMW R50/2

'69 R250 2

Go pancake, go pancake direct drive all the way! If you were looking for a road-warrior that only has two wheels a BMW R50/2 might be a good choice. Peter is selling this “Swiss military issue” 1969 BMW R50/2 which is listed here on craigslist. You will find this beauty in Elmwood Park, Illinois. Peter is asking $19,750, best offers will also be considered.

'69 R250 2 engine

The 500cc pancake was recently overhauled. This bike came directly from a Swiss base. The present owner, Peter, has owned this for the last 7 years.

'69 R250 speedo

There is said to be low miles on the bike. The frame is the original gun metal grey. There is an over-sized Hoske tank with a custom paint job applied in a “vamp skull ghost” theme. Which is not sticking with that “Swiss military” look? To each there own.

1969 BMW R50-2

The next owner can ride on the original Meier seat. There is a new 12V harness, the odometer was rebuilt, US style front forks, new Metzler tires, a new clutch cable was installed along with other maintenance items were carried out on this bike. If you wish to see more images and/or ask Peter the owner any questions please visit the ad. If you wish to hear a different 1969 BMW R50/2 (not this one) start and run here is just one of the many videos available.



  1. Robert White

    I restored my 1970 BSA 650 Thunderbolt completely and sold it for just under $4k in the 90’s. BMW is nice, and I like it, but it ain’t worth the ask IMHO. Too pricy if you do a fair bit of research into better deals out there. I must admit that I am partial to British bikes.

    It’s all good, frankly.


  2. Matt Tritt

    Well I’ll be…. I thought I knew every model BMW made in the 2 wheel line – but a 500 twin is news to me! My brother had a 500 single, which is how I assumed they all were. The forks? Shouldn’t they be Earls forks in 69? The tank doesn’t seem right for a military model.

  3. rob jones Member

    Selling that Hoske tank off and going to a stock tant would recoup a good chunk of that asking price. As for the price, and BMW that was originally a color other than black brings bigger money.
    White is next, then a definite jump if red or green. Gray is a little industrial looking but again, it’s not black.

  4. Matt Tritt

    All the Swiss military bikes I’ve seen have been OD, but this tank is way off the mark. Why would anybody want to homogenize such a cool bike??

  5. Gary Harper

    This is a US model R50, note the forks and the lack of sidecar attachments, I would have to see paperwork on the Military use. 1969 would be the last year of manufacture. For that price at least a photo of the data plate would be in order.

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