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    R 50 portrait?

    I am looking for a photo or two of an early 60s era R 50 that can accompany a blog post I am composing about an 81-year-old former rider I met the other day while waiting at a car repair place. If you have a picture you would be willing to share, I'll credit you as the source.

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    Have this from BMW PressClub. I will keep my eyes out for others.

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    Yeah, but Mika, that's a late 60s R50! 1966 at least.
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    no good deed...
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    Yeah... But... That's a cool shot and will certainly do. (That truly is a beautiful bike.) Anybody got anything else???

    PS: My brother owned a '62 (I think) R 60 which probably would work as well for the purposes of the piece, but dang! those Instamatic pictures he took of it back in the day are long gone...

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    R50 Brochure: on Jeff Dean's site may be of interest

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarrylRi View Post
    Yeah, but Mika, that's a late 60s R50! 1966 at least.
    I'm curious.......what would distinguish an early 60's vs a late 60's model on the bikes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 36654 View Post
    I'm curious.......what would distinguish an early 60's vs a late 60's model on the bikes?
    A couple of things that I think I see...the air cleaner, the bulge on the front of the engine cover, and the ball on the ends of the hand levers. Probably the updated taillight as the "coffee can" style as opposed to the smaller one...although, the smaller one myabe have been the '50s version before they had the /2 label.
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    Kurt has a lot of the things I saw (but, yeah, the taillight change was in late 1957). Also, the metal spark plug caps. The non-serif badges and separate oil pump cover (just below the front engine cover) came in in 1966.

    There's something goofy about the front fender, and someone took the paint off the rider's footrest pegs. The 6 gallon sport tank is missing the kneepads for some reason. The throttle on the handlebars is not a BMW piece.
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