|These are scans of copies of an original Flanders Company catalog from
1968, or 69. Flanders Co. was owned by Earl Flanders and his firm
was the distributor for the West Coast. Butler and Smith was the
importer and they contracted Flanders for distribution to the Rocky
Mountains and west. In 1972 B & S took over the entire USA market.
I hope that you will learn about the products for BMW Motorcycles and find
interesting prices. Current
For faster loading I have thumbnailed all of the
Front page showing the new telescopic forks (Teledraulic
Fork) that are denoted by the suffix US.
Pg. 2 Table of contents
Pg. 3 patches, decals, pins, button, key fob, Zippo
Pg. 4 BMW posters and tank badge (emblem or logo)
Pg. 5 Seats (not all the were available) More
about seats on this page.
Pg. 6 Flandershield R-400 (handlebar fairing,
windshield). I sold them for Earles forks, but never once heard them
referred to as a Flandershield. We did not sell them for the
telescopic fork models, as they caused them to
Pg. 7 Fairing parts. This is scanned larger to
Pg. 8 Saddlebags, The upper left were the most common.
The other 3 were rare, or not actually sold in the USA. More about
period saddlebags on this page.
Pg. 9 Luggage racks and safety bars. All forms of
crashbar are unsafe on a boxer. The least
unsafe was the upper left type, but they were a pain to swing out of the
way for valve adjustments. The most dangerous were the upper right
loop type. The lower left were "in between" in safety. I saw
very few of the lower right type. You are invited to read my page on
Pg. 10 Mirrors, foot pegs, headlight rim and guard, hub
cover and nut. The chrome hub cover and nut are not from BMW, but
done just for Butler and Smith. Notice the suffix "a" on the part
Pg. 11 Control cables (bowden) and handgrips.
Pg. 12 Gas tanks. Chrome sided small tank, sometimes
called a "Parade tank". I don't recall ever seeing one on a bike in
Pg. 13 Handlebars, tool kit More info about tool
kits on this page.
Pg. 14 Luggage straps, gas cap, registration holder (required for
California in those days)
Pg. 15 Bulb kit, Drive Shaft Boot, Exhaust Flanges.
These were the fake finned castings that clamped over the plain exhaust
nuts of the R50 and R60. It gave the lower end models the "look" of
the R69S. It did nothing for increased cooling that I ever could
Pg. 16 Air filters, spark plugs and sponge ring
(The sponge ring was to soak up the gas that commonly leaked out of the
gas cap. The collected fuel would ruin the paint on the tank for
about 1" around the cap. I always suggested removal of the ring and
instead, use a blue rubber gasket from a VW)
Pg. 17 Flanders side stand, lock kit, tires.
This is the really ugly stand made by Flanders. It was somewhat
better than the stock one. The best of that era was the Hall Bracket
stand. Now it is duplicated and sold as the Brown Stand.
Pg. 18 Workshop, flat rate and rider manuals.
Pg. 19 Information ( I included it just to have it