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bikes, parts, weird stuff

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My 1954 R68 parked next to an old panel car at the vintage train museum. These really are sweet riding motorcycles. The ISDT exhaust system produces quite a bark compared to the stock salami mufflers.

Yet another spectacular, low mile, original R68 that surfaced in 2008. This one owner bike spent it's entire life in the northeast United States.

Another view of the same R68 above. Stunning!

Here's something most people have never seen before. A factory placed safety/security wire placed around the speedometer cable. The BMW roundel stamp verifies that the speedo cable has never been removed and that the mileage is true. This verification method was used up to at least 1957, and in this case is on the R68 in the two previous photos.

Since we're on the subject of R68's, here's another shot of my bike taken on a recent ride.

Most enthusiasts have seen the common Denfeld pillion, or breadloaf pillion saddle, which mounts directly to the rear fender. This very rare rack mount version was designed to fasten to the rear parcel rack via four mounting brackets.

Here are the mounting brackets used for attaching the saddle to the parcel rack. This streamlined version is visually more appealing than the more bulky fender mount pillion.

Here's a pair of original air filters from a 1936 R17. The owner used these as patterns to manufacture a short run of stunning replicas.

The result is a perfect reproduction of the originals which were nickel plated.

Here's an incredible 100% original 1928 R42 which resides here in the states. This time capsule was purchased from its original owner back in 1984 and is in excellent working condition. The factory paint is original as are the balloon tires, spark plugs, cables and mufflers.

How's this for patina? A close up of the R42 fuel tank reveals the correct pin striping widths and spacing which adorned the tanks and fenders of the 20's tubular frame models.

I purchased this factory R60/TR500 rig from the original owner several years ago. This was one of the more enjoyable machines I've owned. Unfortunately, I had to part ways with this beauty which was taking up the entire garage.

Here’s a photo of a recently acquired Steib master cylinder for the sidecar hydraulic brake. These were used on the BMW "Spezial" which was essentially a Steib TR500 built for BMW.

Now for something different from Germany. Here's a beautifully restored Zundapp KS601 with even more obscure Hoske variation fuel tank.