BMW R6 for sale

Old Bike Australasia - - OUT’N’ABOUT -

A very rare BMW with an in­ter­est­ing his­tory is cur­rently be­ing of­fered for sale. Tony Border, who passed away in 2012, was a mem­ber of the Clas­sic Mo­tor­cy­cle Club of Vic­to­ria and bought the 1937 R6 in France in 1987 when it was in a very poor state. Tony’s widow Corinne, who is han­dling the sale of Tony’s mo­tor­cy­cle col­lec­tion says, “The bike had been stored in a barn in a lit­tle town near Auch, with chooks and the odd pig milling about, and looked a bit worse for wear. It did start, how­ever, and Tony rode it home to Toulouse, with me in the car be­hind. Tony built a crate and shipped it back to Aus­tralia while we kept on tour­ing Europe on our good, re­li­able BMW R75/5. Dur­ing the restora­tion he dis­cov­ered sand-coloured paint un­der­neath the black, con­firm­ing it had seen ac­tion in the desert, and he dis­cov­ered two patched up bul­let holes; one in the tank and the other in the crank­case. R6s were man­u­fac­tured in 1937 for civil­ian use, and only 1850 were made. How­ever, af­ter war was de­clared in 1939, ev­ery sin­gle civil­ian mo­tor­cy­cle in Ger­many was req­ui­si­tioned by the Wehrma­cht and, like all mil­i­tary equip­ment, un­der­went a new paint-job, the colour scheme vary­ing ac­cord­ing to the theatre of op­er­a­tions. Ini­tially, ve­hi­cles serv­ing in the North African cam­paign were painted with a cam­ou­flage coat of dark-yel­low and grey spots whereas, for ex­am­ple, ve­hi­cles used in Scan­di­navia were re- painted white. This cam­ou­flage was mod­i­fied sev­eral times dur­ing the war and, af­ter 1943, all mil­i­tary equip­ment ended-up be­ing painted dark-yel­low, re­gard­less of what cam­paign they were in­volved in. Tony re­stored the bike be­tween 1989 and 2000, keep­ing metic­u­lous records. The Group Ar­chive de­part­ment of the BMW Mu­seum in Mu­nich con­firmed it had been man­u­fac­tured in Au­gust 1937, and pro­vided a Cer­tifi­cate of Au­then­tic­ity. The bike was fit­ted with new pis­tons, the cylin­ders re-bored and re-sleeved. It has a new head gas­ket, a new steer­ing damper, new ex­hausts and fish-tail si­lencers. New Bosch horn and Bosch head­light assem­bly, elec­tronic ig­ni­tion, pre-war throt­tle assem­bly, re­con­di­tioned gear­box, new clutch. New speedo. New stain­less steel spokes. Forks were re­built. The front stand is new, so is the pil­lion seat. Tank, frame and mud­guards, have been re­painted by Roy Bogner. In 2002 and 2007 we went with it on the Clas­sic Mo­tor­cy­cle club an­niver­sary rally, a 5-day tour through the Vic­to­rian Alps and down the coast. We also took it to a week-long tour of the Barossa Val­ley with the South Aus­tralian Clas­sic Club. Tony liked to take it to the an­nual Clas­sic Club Gip­s­land Rally and to the Vin­tage Club Mary­bor­ough Rally. His very last ride was on this bike, at the May 2012 Mary­bor­ough rally. This R6 has won nu­mer­ous lo­cal prizes, in­clud­ing, in 2011 and 2012, the Phil Irv­ing Memo­rial Tro­phy at­trib­uted by the Clas­sic Club to the best re­stored bike. In 1992, BMW Aus­tralia ex­hib­ited it dur­ing the open­ing cel­e­bra­tion of its new Mul­grave head­quar­ters.” Con­tact Corinne Border on 0418 407462 or [email protected]­pond.com

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