1973 BMW R75/5 -- What's it worth?

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by RetrogradE, Sep 19, 2008.

  1. RetrogradE

    RetrogradE Banned

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    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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    Steven
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  2. Uncle Ernie

    Uncle Ernie Long timer

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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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  3. datchew

    datchew Don't buy from Brad

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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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  4. RetrogradE

    RetrogradE Banned

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    I knew I came to the right place. You guys have sharp eyes.

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  5. jtwind

    jtwind Wisconsin Airhead

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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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  6. RetrogradE

    RetrogradE Banned

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    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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  7. jtwind

    jtwind Wisconsin Airhead

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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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  8. Mista Vern

    Mista Vern Knows all - tells some.

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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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  9. rocketronbiking

    rocketronbiking Born again rider

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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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  10. phactory

    phactory Motorcycle Rescue

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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.

    PhacK

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  11. Lomax

    Lomax Nanu-Nanu Adventurer

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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. :dunno They are worth what you will pay for them. A decent toaster is almost impossible to find around here.

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

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    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. :lol3

    Cheers.
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  12. jtwind

    jtwind Wisconsin Airhead

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    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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  13. datchew

    datchew Don't buy from Brad

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    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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  14. crazydrummerdude

    crazydrummerdude Wacky Bongo Boy

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    'Round here you take what you can get. If I saw one and had the money, it'd be done and done. Only once have I ever even seen another airhead on the road, let alone the option to shop around.

    teleiosGS, if you end up getting it, or another old skool ride, post lots of pics!
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  15. red bud

    red bud alky w/motorcycle problem

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    i heard they weren't making those any more ....... i'm just saying:D
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  16. phactory

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    Ah, 450K is still a baby! Fred Tauch's R60 had over 200K MORE than that!

    But still for me, I look for LOTS fewer miles. I am thankful that there are LOTS of Beemers here in the Northeast and I don't have to settle for the few that are out there in certain parts of the country.

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  17. mark1305

    mark1305 Old Enough To Know Better

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    Or you may get lucky. My R80 ST had similar gas stains from the petcock interface all the way down onto the left carb. I carefully disassembled it, cleaned and lubed the petcock while I was at it, and put it all back on the bike. Turned out that someone previously had simply tightened the interface and petcock onto the tank spigot incorrectly(loose) and it was weeping through the threads. On mine it's a matter of setting the interface (which is like a big coupler nut) just right so that when the petcock tightens properly into it, it is oriented in the right position and has roughly equal number of interface threads on the spigot and the petcock

    The bike looks good - how does it feel? I tested one ST that was a smooth as butter, but wouldn't go or stop worth a damn. The second one I rode came home with me. Even though the first one was smoother, it was dead feeling. The one I bought felt like a decent running bike should in all respects. If you want to really have peace of mind, ask the seller to let you stick a telescoping magnet into the fill plug of the tranny and fish around the far bottom side. If you get chunks of metal instead of just normal fuzzy stuff figure to knock off $600 - $1100 for tranny overhaul.
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  18. Hoopjohn

    Hoopjohn Been here awhile

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    The right side of the bike looks good. I am not going to assume what the left side of the bike looks like.

    $3200 eh? Sounds high given the mileage. But lets face it, on Flea Bay, these bikes usually bring prices in this range. No, I don't think they're worth it. Why?
    A bike such as this can easily eat up $2500 with nary a belch:deal

    Then there are things such as the spline lube, condition of the tranny, rear unit, etc.

    And when it comes to mileage, I only trust the odometer if the bike looks spotless, was owned by a person that never smoked/drank/stepped foot inside a casino/purchased a lottery ticket/cast an eye towards wanton women/etc.......AND:deal has full documentation of all maintenance performed since 1975.

    Remember, the odometer is kind of like a piece of chrome on a Harley. It may look good, but it doesn't make the bike run any better.
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  19. bpeckm

    bpeckm Grin!

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    Well said.
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  20. Wirespokes

    Wirespokes Beemerholics Anonymous

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    Condition of the bike is more important than mileage. I've seen 15K bikes that needed full restoration while 150K bikes looked like new.

    With /5s, unless the owner has the records and knows for sure the odometer hasn't turned over, it could be 100K or 200K+.

    The asking price doesn't sound unreal considering /5s lately. And the R75 toaster is the most desirable of the lot. Well taken care of, 100K isn't that many miles.

    By the way, those mufflers are stainless, so discount them too heavily for un-originality.
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