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Old 08-25-2010, 11:41 PM   #16
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If a rider wants to build a hot rod BMW the best way to do it is to find a bike someone else had hot rodded, buy it and then reconfigure it to taste but please... Leave these little /5 bikes alone!

They're perfect little period pieces just as they are and one can still realistically ride one across the country and back, relying on nothing beyond the tools in the kit and a road map.

Those bikes represent the beginning of the end, of something special. Ride one and you'll see!
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Old 08-26-2010, 12:06 AM   #17
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Hey Snipe, check out the Cross Canada thread in my sig line.

R60/5's a fine machine. They don't make enough power to wear anything out. If it's tuned properly you can ride it flat out all day long and not hurt a thing.

They're smooth, comfortable, reliable and plenty fast enough for serious back road travelling.

If I had the time and money I wouldn't hesitate to ride an R50/5 or R60/5 around the globe.



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Old 08-26-2010, 05:10 AM   #18
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Me too!

I second that Lornce, brilliant bike as it is, buy one and ride the wheels off it.[IMG][/IMG]
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Old 08-26-2010, 08:28 AM   #19
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Here it is and I have yet to make a deal as another is pending but....here it is









Those miles are original.

Looks nice to me!
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Old 08-26-2010, 08:30 AM   #20
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Good looking bike, Snipe.

Why don't you own it, yet?

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Old 08-26-2010, 08:32 AM   #21
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I second that Lornce, brilliant bike as it is, buy one and ride the wheels off it.[IMG][/IMG]
Your bike looks terrific.

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Old 08-26-2010, 08:37 AM   #22
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If a rider wants to build a hot rod BMW the best way to do it is to find a bike someone else had hot rodded, buy it and then reconfigure it to taste but please... Leave these little /5 bikes alone!

They're perfect little period pieces just as they are and one can still realistically ride one across the country and back, relying on nothing beyond the tools in the kit and a road map.

Those bikes represent the beginning of the end, of something special. Ride one and you'll see!
I wouldn't hot rod the 60/5, I love the fact is is not something that will BEG me to go faster than I need to go. Like my GSXRs and the Busa, both or I should say all four since I had theee GSXRs, all begged me every second to go over 100, a few over 180 all the time. I no longer need to or want to do that. I really want a comfortable, stylish, NICE to ride smaller bike to cruise on. AND since I am still getting a R100Rs, I have something faster and bigger to get jollies on for my need for speed!
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Old 08-26-2010, 08:49 AM   #23
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wow, looks like a nice clean bike. Good looking paint from here at least...
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Old 08-26-2010, 09:05 AM   #24
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That bike looks great and the records are a plus. Check the brake pedal for wear, if it really only has 30,000 miles, the bumps on it should still be very pronounced and not worn down.
Don't underestimate the capability of the TLS brake, properly set up with good friction material it is well suited to that bikes power in modern traffic.
Underpowered is relative. Good planning and good lines keep your momentum and make for pleasing backroad adventures.
It will be worth at least what you paid for it down the road. So, if you don't like it, your risk is minimal.
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Old 08-26-2010, 09:08 AM   #25
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Here it is and I have yet to make a deal as another is pending but....here it is









Those miles are original.

Looks nice to me!
that is a stunner!!
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Old 08-26-2010, 09:11 AM   #26
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Old 08-26-2010, 09:23 AM   #27
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Lornce, terisda--

I'll third that notion. The bottom end of the engine is the same, and although it doesn't have the cubes and output of a larger displacement engine it's still more than adequate in power. No receding valves. No self-destructing five speeds. No problematic hydraulic brakes-- properly adjusted the front drum will lock the wheel and last forever. Frame/suspension is the basically same as the newer models-- shocks and damping may be "improved" but the handling is adequate. Some models have the quaint Toaster Tank, all models have the funky /2 headlight bucket and handlebar controls. Bulletproof slide-throttle carbs that don't look like the current crop of CVs.

But, if I had it to do all over, I'd try for an R75/5. My current bike was "last year's stock" (the '74 /6's were out) and I got a good deal. But still, over 36 years and 180K, no regrets.
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Old 08-26-2010, 09:42 AM   #28
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Oh, and this would come with it along with another box o' stuff, slightly used stuff.




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Old 08-26-2010, 09:42 AM   #29
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Nicely put, Bill. Though I prefer the R50/60's for traveling because the carbs work so nicely, make starting simple and are so easy to tune/keep in tune.

I like the backroad pace set by the R50/60'2, too.



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Old 08-26-2010, 09:50 AM   #30
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Oh, and this would come with it along with another box o' stuff, slightly used stuff.




Icing on the cake - buy that thing!
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