Flanders accessories 1968-69

Flanders Company accessory catalog for the /2 (slash 2) BMW motorcycle

Flanders Company, Accessories for /2 BMW Motorcycles

scans donated by Doug Wilson

These are scans 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 note the prices.  Current Flanders Products.For faster loading I have thumbnailed all of the pages.

Flanders Company accessory catalog from 1969 for the /2 BMW motorcycle.

Front page showing the new telescopic forks (Teledraulic Fork) that are denoted by the suffix US.

Table of contents for the Flanders Company Catalog of /2 BMW motorcycle accessories.

Pg. 2 Table of contents

Flanders Company Catalog of /2 BMW motorcycle accessories.

Pg. 3 patches, decals, pins, button, key fob, Zippo lighter

Posters and emblems in the Flanders Company Catalog of /2 BMW motorcycle accessories.

Pg. 4 BMW posters and tank badge (emblem or logo)

Seats shown in the Flanders Company Catalog of /2 BMW motorcycle accessories.

Pg. 5 Seats (not all the were available)  More about seats on this pagehttp://w6rec.com/746-2/.

Fairing in the Flanders Company Catalog of /2 BMW motorcycle accessories.

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 wobble.

See the parts for the Flanders handlebar fairing in the Flanders Company Catalog of /2 BMW motorcycle accessories.

Pg. 7 Fairing parts.  This is scanned larger to give details.

Leather saddlebags sold in the Flanders Company Catalog of /2 BMW motorcycle accessories.

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.

Luggage racks and crashbars in the Flanders Company Catalog of /2 BMW motorcycle accessories.

Pg. 9 Luggage racks and safety bars.  All forms of crashbar are unsafe on a BMW motorcycle.  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 crashbars.

Items in the Flanders Company Catalog of /2 BMW motorcycle accessories.

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 number.

Control cables in the Flanders Company Catalog of /2 BMW motorcycle accessories.

Pg. 11 Control cables (bowden) and handgrips.

Gas tanks in the Flanders Company Catalog of /2 BMW motorcycle accessories.

Pg. 12 Gas tanks.  Chrome sided small tank, sometimes called a “Parade tank”.  I don’t recall ever seeing one on a bike in those days.

Select a handlebar from the Flanders Company Catalog of /2 BMW motorcycle accessories.

Pg. 13 Handlebars, tool kit  More info about tool kits on this page.

Flanders Company Catalog of /2 BMW motorcycle accessories.

Pg. 14 Luggage straps, gas cap, registration holder (required for California in those days)

Fake finned exhaust nuts in the Flanders Company Catalog of /2 BMW motorcycle accessories.

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 tell.

Flanders Company Catalog of /2 BMW motorcycle accessories.

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 because they actually sealed.

The Flanders sidestand offered in the Flanders Company Catalog of /2 BMW motorcycle accessories.

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.

Technical literature in the Flanders Company Catalog of /2 BMW motorcycle accessories.

Pg. 18 Workshop, flat rate and rider manuals.

Mostly useless information in the Flanders Company Catalog of /2 BMW motorcycle accessories.

Pg. 19  Information ( I included it just to have it all displayed)

The back page has nice photos in the Flanders Company Catalog of /2 BMW motorcycle accessories.

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