Apple CEO Steve Jobs riding a 1966 R60/2 beemer

Motorrad | February 26th, 2010 by 12
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Maybe not breaking news nor any interesting spy photos, but seeing Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs riding a beemer has put a grin on our faces. …

Maybe not breaking news nor any interesting spy photos, but seeing Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs riding a beemer has put a grin on our faces. BMW motorcycles stand for German ingenuity, engineering, long distance comfort, durability, understated but elegant designs.

While not as popular in the U.S. as brands like Harley Davidson, BMW Motorrad’s third largest market are represented by American consumers, with 9,168 BMW motorcycles registered in 2009.

Courtesy of Jalopnik, the photo below shows Apple’s then-and-current CEO, Steve Jobs, riding a 1966 BMW R60/2 motorcycle two years before even the original Macintosh was introduced. The picture was featured in the National Geographic Magazine.

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The R60 and R60/2 are 600 cc boxer twin BMW motorcycles that were manufactured from 1956 to 1969 in Munich, Germany. Some 20,133 of these 600 cc shaft-drive, opposed twin R60 (1956-1960, 28 hp), R60/2 (1960-1969, 30 hp), 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.

The standard colors for these motorcycles was black with white pin striping, though special colors could be ordered. Indeed, the motorcycles could be ordered in any color that was being used at the time for BMW cars. A special case was Dover white. Michael Bondy, of the U.S.A. BMW importer Butler & Smith, sent BMW a can of that color paint, which was used on his 1942 Packard, and BMW duplicated it. He then ordered 50 motorcycles in that color.

Original prices for an R60/2

  • U.S. Price: $1,131 (1960) (2008 US$ 8217 after inflation)
  • U.S. Price: $1,236 (1965) (2008 US$ 8428)
  • U.S. Price: $1,364 (1969) (2008 US$ 8005)


* Internal designation 267 / 5
* Type four-stroke, two-cylinder, air-cooled boxer
* Bore/stroke 72 x 73 mm

  • Cubic capacity 594 cc (34 in.3)
  • Maximum power 30 HP at 5800 RPM
  • Compression ratio 7.5 : 1
  • Valves per cylinder 2
  • Carburation system 2 Bing 1/24/125-126 od. 1/24/133-134 od. 1/24/151-152
  • Engine lubrication forced-feed lubrication
  • Oil pump gear pump

Dimensions and Weights

  • Length x width x height 84 x 26 x 39 inches (2125 x 660 x 980 mm)
  • Wheel base 55.7 inch (1415 mm; with sidecar 1450 mm)
  • Tank capacity 4.5 US gallon (17 l) / optional 6.5 US gallon (24.6 l)
  • Unladen weight, full tank 430 lb (195 kg; with orig. BMW sidecar 320 kg)
  • Load rating 360 kg (with orig. BMW sidecaR600 kg)


  • Idle/riding noise 81/82 DIN-phon (from June 1967: 74 / 95 dB (A))
  • Fuel consumption 47.0 MPG (ca. 5.0 l / 100 km)
  • Oil consumption ca. 0.5 – 1 l / 1000 km
  • Top speed 90 mph (145 km/h)

Data provided by Wikipedia

12 responses to “Apple CEO Steve Jobs riding a 1966 R60/2 beemer”

  1. BMWM6 says:

    well bmw and apple have a lot of support from each other
    especially in accesories

    personally im an android developer so im not a big fan of apple or its products

    except for the macs

  2. Dannerboy says:

    How long ago was this photo taken? From the looks of it, seems like the 80’s?

  3. lennardt says:

    R60 is such a nice bike. My mother has got one and the chassis is really unprecisive , so it’s difficult to ride.

    • Tom Lubben says:

      If the chassis is imprecise, there is something seriously wrong. That thing should track like it’s on rails. Fix it for your mom before you lose her. Look at the steering head bearings (convert to tapered from ball if you still have the old ball bearings), and remove, clean, inspect, replace if necessary the swing arm bearings and the wheel bearings. They are all tapered rollers and should last at least 500,000 miles if taken care of. The catch is in the past 40-50 years, nearly all have seen neglect at some point in their lives, and unsealed tapered bearings cannot tolerate neglect.
      So fix it, and it should be stable at 100 mph. They were stable and handled nice, if perhaps a bit slow, when new, and maintained ones still are. (both of mine)

  4. Malcolm says:

    Okay, that is just awesome! Nice find. I think BMW and Apple go hand n hand!

  5. Shawn says:

    You would think such a smart guy would be wearing a helmet. To think Apple was that close to never being created! Glad he knows how to ride; what a beautiful machine. There is something so romantic and classy about BMW’s boxer twins, I hope BMW continues to produce the R bikes forever.

  6. Hank says:

    I had a machine exactly like this one, new in 1968. The tank and the seat are after market items from Bates. The tank increased the fuel capacity from 3 to over 5 gal. The seat increase touting range and decreased the ware and tare on the back side immeasurably. I bought the bike in Chicago and rode it to Seattle and California several times. Nothing like it. One of the best bikes I have ever owned. Not as powerful or fast as my K100, but I liked the R 60 much better. In the mid 1960s nobody used a helmet. They began to come in around that time but were not really popular until after 1970.

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