This stunning BMW R69s is a perfect example of how an old motorcycle can get a second chance and not only restore former pride, but thanks to the VS guys, become probably even more appealing.
Josh Steele and Chris John own a motorcycle building and repairing workshop in Brattleboro, Vermont (USA). The guys traded this old R69s from their friend Christopher Myott for the Josh's personal 1970 BMW R75/5 bike. The donor wasn't in its best conditon and as the guys say, '...it was a classic example of pictures making bikes look way better then they do in real life—this bike was rusty'. However, during the next few months the bike transformed from the rust to an awesome classic 60's BMW with almost all authentic features retained.
As the winter 2014 came Josh, Chris and their long time friend Caleb Matthiesen started a few winter projects, one of which was this 1960 BMW R69s. The idea of the build was pretty simple - restore functionality, change worn details and renew bike's design keeping the same style though.
The bike was completely disassembled. Everything was cleaned and every bad detail was replaced. The frame was powder coated and the tins were painted. The guys wanted to leave the Earls front forks without which the bike wouldn't be the same, so they fit a new suspention. One of a kind solo seat made by Caleb replaced an old ugly item.
Now the bike looks like it has just been rolled out of the shop in 1960. The guys are happy with the result and all the fun during the building process, and Christopher, the previous R69s owner, is enjoying his new R75/5 - everybody wins.
By the way, VintageSteele shop is currently selling this bike. Find out more here.
Also here's VS facebook page.
Pictures by Azariah Aker