The R60 and R60/2 are 600 cc boxer-twin that were manufactured from 1956 to 1969 in Munich, Germany, by BMW.
Some 20,133 of these 600 cc shaft-drive, opposed twin R60 (1956–1960, 28 hp/21 kW), R60/2 (1960–1969, 30 hp/22 kW), and R60US (1968–1969, 30 hp) were built. These models, except for those with the "US" designation, were designed primarily as rugged motorcycles to pull sidecars (mounting points were built in) and had duplex tubular steel frames.
Simultaneously manufactured were related models, including the 500 cc R50 (1955–1960, 26 hp/19 kW), the R50/2 (1960–1969, 26 hp), the R50 S (1960–1962, 35 hp/26 kW), the R50US (1968–1969, 26 hp), and the 600 cc sport-oriented R69 (1955–1960, 35 hp), R69S (1960–1969, 42 hp/31 kW), and R69US (1968–1969, 42 hp).
In the United States, all these Earles-fork and US-fork (i.e., telescopic fork) models from 1955 to 1969 are often lumped together as "Slash-2" BMWs, even though that is technically incorrect. Not all of them, as seen above, have the "/2" designation.
Perhaps the most famous BMW rider of the 1960s was Danny Liska, who took R60 models from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego in one trip, and from Europe's North Cape to South Africa's Cape