Moto Classique: The Hopkins Collection—1964 BMW R60/2 Polizei

Nov 28, 2016 View Comments by

1964 BMW R60/2 Polizei

This BMW police motorcycle was manufactured on February 4, 1964, one of 24 delivered to the Wiesbaden, Germany, police department on March 31, 1964. It came to America in the late 1960s and had a few owners before being acquired by Jim Hopkins in 2011. The Hopkins Collection contains both historic BMW motorcycles and an incomparable assemblage of BMW motorcycle memorabilia, acquired mostly from German sources. For some background on the Hopkins Collection, check out the article “One Man’s Passion For BMW Motorcycles,” which appeared in the November/December 2012 issue of RoadRUNNER.

1964 BMW R60/2 PolizeiBMW Motorrad is a major worldwide supplier of police (also known as “Authority”) motorcycles. Since 1970, BMW has reportedly delivered more than 130,000 to foreign jurisdictions, and more than 80,000 remain in official use in approximately 150 countries on five continents. This 1964 Polizei model is based on the venerable R60/2. While not dazzling in its power-to-weight ratio, at least by today’s standards, it is utilitarian to its core: built to last and cruise all day long at highway speeds.

The R60/2 came with an Earles front suspension, which was designed to eliminate front-end dive of the telescopic fork and keep steering more accurate under braking. It was the front suspension of choice for sidecar rigs, as this model also came with frame mounts for attaching a sidecar. Consequently, the R60/2 was a desirable ride for motorcycle enthusiasts and police alike.

Jim’s 1964 R60/2 Polizei is a beautiful, mostly unrestored bike with its original pine green paint, which is known as Tannengrün. The pinstriping is a mint color called Whitegreen. Everything on the bike is operational and unrestored; as others have noted, a bike is original only once!

Technical specs:

Model: 1964 BMW R60/2 Polizei
Engine: 4-stroke, 2-cylinder, air-cooled boxer
Displacement: 594cc
Bore and Stroke: 72x73mm
Compression Ratio: 7.5:1
Cooling: air-cooled
Valves: OHV, 2 per cylinder
Ignition: magneto, Bosch alternator
Lubrication: wet sump
Carburetor: 2 Bing carburetors
Power: 30hp @5,800rpm
Transmission: 4-speed foot shift, shaft final drive
Clutch: single disc, dry, cable operated
Frame: twin-loop steel tubular
Front/Rear: Earles forks / twin shock, swingarm
Brakes Front/Rear: 200mm Duplex drum / 200mm Simplex drum
Wheels/Tires: 3.5x18in / 3.5x18in
Electrical System: 12V (100 amps)
Fuel Capacity: 4.5gal (17.03l)
Wheelbase: 55.7in (1,415mm)
Wet Weight: 430lbs (190kg)

Police Accessories*
Lights: Hesse alternating flashing blue lights; extremely rare
PA System: loudspeaker and microphone
Horn: 12V Klaxon, pair of Martinshorns (520 Hz / 390 Hz)
Siren: Elektror
Storage: rear rack and leather bags
Electrics: original Bosch 12V electrical generator, voltage regulator, Bosch horn
Spotlight: German-manufactured rare-size Polizei spotlight
Signage: portable “Halt Polizei” sign

*While the police accessories are vintage and period correct, most are not original to this bike. Ron Rohner, the previous owner, is responsible for finding these exceptionally rare pieces. Over several years, he partnered with German police and BMW experts in the U.S. and Germany to identify and locate each.

Text and photography: James T. Parks

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