Yet another R75/5 found in the Desert

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.

R75/5 with the incorrect speedo and valve covers

R75/5 with the incorrect speedo and valve covers

Future Projects

While the R75 bits are out of my hands, it was time for a R90/6 day!
I bought two R90/6 bikes last summer from the same person. One had a title, one did not. Even though I had the title, the bike wasn’t registered since 1994 and after the North Ridge earthquake, it got parked and sat ever since.
It has a deep oil pan, lightened flywheel, dual plugged heads, beefy triple tree, fork brace, and a few other goodies.

I took it partially apart for transport to my house in my station wagon last summer:

Once i got home, i took the whole bike apart. Then I tried to get it registered.
The DMV wouldn’t touch it because it was out of the system, so I slapped it together for a trip to the CHP.
I had the officer inspect the VIN of the other bike (without title) and he said it checks out as well.

The transmission and swingarm are empty. no carbs. no instruments. I basically had to make it look like a bike just so it could get verified.



Then I went off to my buddy’s house to get his wrecked R60/6.
He pulled out into traffic and got hit by a lawyer in a Jaguar. The BMW cylinders saved his live. He walked away with just a scratch on his leg. On a different bike, his leg would have been crushed but the car hit the cylinder instead.
The Helmet he had on helped too.
I am going to get this looking like a bike again for him. We hope to have some fun with it in the process… we are thinking of blacking everything out, and making this a sleek, trimmed down cafe bike.




Torn down and ready for paint and powder

The body work has been sent to the painter.
And all the metal bits have been blasted and brought to the powder coating shop.
I stopped by the shop to go over all the masking of what should get plugged and masked from the powder coat.

Making Progress!

When this stuff comes back, it will be beautiful.