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Old 09-19-2008, 01:46 PM   #1
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1973 BMW R75/5 -- What's it worth?

I'm looking at getting an old skool bmw bike--this one popped up for sale; what do the expert convicts say this is worth? It's in good shape, running.

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Old 09-19-2008, 02:17 PM   #2
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Quick glance with not enough info; $3K if it's fairly low miles. (Demerits for non-stock mufflers)
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Old 09-19-2008, 02:23 PM   #3
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Is that a line of rust along the underside of the tank?

If so, knock off $500 since it also appears to be a custom paint color.
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Old 09-19-2008, 02:34 PM   #4
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I knew I came to the right place. You guys have sharp eyes.

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Old 09-19-2008, 02:41 PM   #5
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Miles make a big difference in my opinion so not knowing that doesn't help. A bike that looks like that with 20 thou is way different than 85 thou. One is going to need cleaning up, go through a few seals etc. The other may need tranny work, valve job, even a rebore in the near future, besides all the cleaning, seals, bearings checked etc. The 20 thou bike is worth $3,000 maybe alittle more, though maybe not with those mufflers and the tank needing work, the 85 thou bike is worth $1800-2200 maybe if it has a real nice feel to it.
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Old 09-19-2008, 03:13 PM   #6
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Miles make a big difference in my opinion so not knowing that doesn't help. A bike that looks like that with 20 thou is way different than 85 thou. One is going to need cleaning up, go through a few seals etc. The other may need tranny work, valve job, even a rebore in the near future, besides all the cleaning, seals, bearings checked etc. The 20 thou bike is worth $3,000 maybe alittle more, though maybe not with those mufflers and the tank needing work, the 85 thou bike is worth $1800-2200 maybe if it has a real nice feel to it.
The seller is asking $3,250.

He claims the color of the tank is original and it is NOT rust around the bottom ("Not rust, gas stain from loose petcocks"). He didn't have the mileage listed on the ad, but I found out it has 93k miles.


So, there you go . . .




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Old 09-19-2008, 03:34 PM   #7
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These things are getting pricier. Though I never hear what folks end up paying. So I have some resistance to what seems like the high asking prices of some of the more desireable airheads. But times are changing so who knows. Asking $3200 for that bike isn't like he's totally in left field. Though my idea was a grand or more less. So I dug out my copy of the Vintage Motorcycle price guide. They have a scale of 1-6 for condition of bikes, 1 being excellent , a perfect original or a top of the line restortation in every area ,to 6 beng a parts bike. My guess is this /5 would be in the very good to good range, probably alittle skewed to the good (4) end. The range is $3600 to $2700. So skewed to the lower end is $3000 give or take. If you want it offer him $2600 to 2800.
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Old 09-19-2008, 04:43 PM   #8
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I'll just throw in the idea that price varies depending on where ya are. Might want to compare and contrast CL pricing and availability.

That said, whatever you pay will be FAR below a new bike's costs, and if you really want it, can affort it, and won't beat yourself up if you later feel you paid too much, go for it!
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Old 09-19-2008, 05:04 PM   #9
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A decent set of those Wixom bags can bring $250 - $350 on Ebay. So, you can consider that in the asking price.
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Old 09-19-2008, 05:26 PM   #10
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Most likely that is not rust but staining from gasoline. Also that is not a custom paint job, it is Imola Silver and was a factory color. Guess I should have read the rest of the thread before responding! :-)

93K is a lot of miles. There are many many examples of those out there in the same condition with less miles. I would look more.

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Is that a line of rust along the underside of the tank?

If so, knock off $500 since it also appears to be a custom paint color.
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Old 09-19-2008, 05:37 PM   #11
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As said before it really depends on where you are and the condition of the bike. For example (not for sale) I would take no less than $4K for my 1972 R75/5 and it has 53K miles on it. They are worth what you will pay for them. A decent toaster is almost impossible to find around here.



For another reference I paid $3200 for this one. Although it is neither a R75 nor a toaster. But it did have 3K miles on a rebuilt engine.



His asking price of $3200 does not seem out of line, Especially for here in Colorado. But of course you can never pay asking price.

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Old 09-19-2008, 05:41 PM   #12
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93K is a lot of miles
That is quite a few miles, BUT! there are lots of /5's out there with lots more Matt Parkhouse's "Strider" has over 450,000. I'd go more on the general condition of the bike. It is a factor to use to get it for less money though.
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Old 09-19-2008, 05:50 PM   #13
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Most likely that is not rust but staining from gasoline.

PhacK

Definitely possible. But that just means that now you have a petcock or petcock thread interface to rebuild.


And +1 on Lornce's point. Everything is worth as much as somebody will pay for it.
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Old 09-19-2008, 06:34 PM   #14
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Most likely that is not rust but staining from gasoline. Also that is not a custom paint job, it is Imola Silver and was a factory color. Guess I should have read the rest of the thread before responding! :-)

93K is a lot of miles. There are many many examples of those out there in the same condition with less miles. I would look more.

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teleiosGS, if you end up getting it, or another old skool ride, post lots of pics!
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Old 09-19-2008, 07:01 PM   #15
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i heard they weren't making those any more ....... i'm just saying
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