This makes bike #4 I have gotten out in the Desert. Three R75/5 models and one R90/6.
Just the way I like them too… cheap and dead. I can’t allow myself to chop up a good condition BMW motorcycle but when they come to me like this, I can get creative. Luckily it came with a good condition toaster tank.
This one is going to be restored for a guy who spent the last 6 years building hospitals in Saudi Arabia. He wanted to treat himself to a BMW or two when he returned so here we go!
We’ll probably upgrade this engine a bit, go to a 5 Speed kick start, and get this ready to tackle the roads and hills in Michigan.
When I first got this bike, I had to use all my muscle to rock it off of the center stand. It made me wonder about the R65 model… but then I realized that both tires were still touching the ground while it was on the center stand. I still wasn’t sure if this was correct or not. I thought it could have been on of the R65 quirks until a local mechanic friend told me it was due to the center stand being slightly bent.
So the bike went back up on the lift…
The front wheel no longer touches the ground and it is much easier to rock off the center stand. I could have built up even more material so it would sit a bit higher but I was being conservative. I wasn’t really sure how much was too much. But for now, the problem is solved.
This thing has been making progress… slowly but surely… Parts take forever to get and it needed a complete tear down.