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Old 04-20-2012, 12:05 PM   #1
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Honda CB-1 vs. BMW R75/5

[Michal Buffer] In the blue corner, sporting 4 inline cylinders, dual overhead gear-driven cams, 16 valves, 399 cubic centimeters of blowing room, redlining at 13.5k and weighing in at just over 400 pounds, the 1990 Honda CB-1! This little monster just found its ten-thousandth mile, sits on newish rubber, has a dent in the tank and low domestic parts availability!



In the red corner, it IS your grandpa's ride, a 1973 BMW R75/5!
To tell you about this German giant would be a disservice to its wide popularity among coffee-drinkers! What I can say is that it's open for an even trade, 56,000 miles, and needs carburetor adjustments. [/Michael Buffer]

Anyway, they're very different bikes, but tell me which you'd pick and why. I'm being intentionally vague about what I want in a bike. Also, tell me what you can gather about Grandpa there, as I know near nothing about BMW's.
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Old 04-20-2012, 05:38 PM   #2
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So maybe we should move this thread.
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Old 04-21-2012, 01:10 PM   #3
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Is this going to be your first bike? 2nd bike or just looking for something to invest in?
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Old 04-21-2012, 01:19 PM   #4
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Is this going to be your first bike? 2nd bike or just looking for something to invest in?
I've got the CB-1 right now. A friend is interested in it as his first rider due to low weight and seat height. He's got the /5 from a relative, but hasn't really done anything with it. He was considering an even trade.
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Old 04-21-2012, 05:28 PM   #5
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Airheads are always coming up in value and while they are old, there are tons of parts available. They do need some tweaking, but never very often and if you need advice the airhead guys in Old's Cool are great.

That said, if the bike hasn't had any major service in a long while you may have some money going out or some work to do. Even though they are old they can deal with most modern traffic.
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Old 04-21-2012, 06:25 PM   #6
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Nice bike; I put over 250,000 miles on my '70 SWB /5 with only one major problem, a dropped valve seat which took out the left piston. When I sold it it still had the original clutch, and the 4 speed gearbox, splines and shafts etc were in excellent nick, albeit most of my mileage was touring, not urban stop/start stuff. If you are OK doing mechanical work (maintenance, electrical repairs etc) and just in case it does break down have a spare $2K in the bank and don't rely on the bike for daily transport, then it would be a decent swap. An early airhead is one of the great bike experiences, just remember the brakes and handling are far different from anything modern. It appears to be missing the centre stand and the battery and it would be worth finding out just what is wrong with the carbs as they can be expensive to repair if they are worn.
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Old 04-21-2012, 07:01 PM   #7
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In 1972 when I was a kid I picked up an R60/5 at the factory in Berlin. Drove it all through Europe; Greek-Island hopping; behind the then Iron Curtain; across Turkey; through most of the middle east (snow); Pakistan (monsoon); India (topped 130 degrees F); then Malaysia, Singapore and down to Australia (cold again). Never missed a beat. Oil change here and there. One rear tire. That's what those bikes were built for. Me and that relentless fucker at the Dead Sea:

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Old 04-22-2012, 12:54 PM   #8
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So maybe we should move this thread.
So let's try this in OS. The CB-1 is definitely a modern classic in its own right and I don't see why it shouldn't fit right in here.
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Old 04-22-2012, 07:06 PM   #9
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In 1972 when I was a kid I picked up an R60/5 at the factory in Berlin. Drove it all through Europe; Greek-Island hopping; behind the then Iron Curtain; across Turkey; through most of the middle east (snow); Pakistan (monsoon); India (topped 130 degrees F); then Malaysia, Singapore and down to Australia (cold again). Never missed a beat. Oil change here and there. One rear tire. That's what those bikes were built for. Me and that relentless fucker at the Dead Sea:

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Old 04-23-2012, 10:07 AM   #10
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I would go for the /5 because we've had two CB-1s in our garage. One bone stock and one with the F2 front end on it and upgraded rear shock. They are temperamental beasts at this age, and with the tiny needles in those miniature carbs, there is a high risk of carb fouling if it sits for a week or two with this lovely ethanol crap they call gas these days.

The /5 would high a higher chance of being more reliable, something that I wouldn't mind in my older bikes, so that would be my choice.
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:54 AM   #11
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Looks like grandpa there has some aftermarket stuff on it. Pipes, indicators, faring and luggage (obviously). It's missing the battery, which has been mentioned. Pilon pegs have been relocated.

If the bike fails to start with the starter, 99% of the time it's a bad battery. Early Bings have a reputation for being difficult to tune, but I'm happy with mine after a rebuild. Fighting a notchy throttle gear will turn your rides into a bummer jam if not replaced. BMWs are super easy to work on, too, if that's your thing. Put a fuse somewhere in the circuit if you don't have them already.
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Old 04-23-2012, 01:38 PM   #12
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Don't do it.

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Old 05-22-2012, 05:29 PM   #13
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So I'm considering the trade or buying it outright when my friend gets back from basic. I've yet to look at it, and I'm low on Beemer knowledge, so what should I look out for when viewing it?
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Old 05-23-2012, 07:20 AM   #14
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no matter what, get the /5. if you dont, in 10 years, 5 years, 1 year, 2 months, you WILL regret not having that bike.

as far as what to look for, you need to get it running. if it runs, and shifts, who cares what else it needs. you can do pretty much the entire maintenance in a weekend with a chlymer and a buddy.

do NOT let that bike get away from you. when that bike gets back to where its maintained, it will never let you down. not to mention its value just goes up and up. the /5's are getting rare, and the 750 is an extremely adequate engine, can maintain 100mph all day long.
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Old 05-23-2012, 10:46 AM   #15
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so i'm considering the trade or buying it outright when my friend gets back from basic. I've yet to look at it, and i'm low on beemer knowledge, so what should i look out for when viewing it?


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