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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.


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  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.

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  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.

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  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??

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  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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