1974 r60/5 sweet come up.

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by TheAntiCage, Mar 5, 2012.

  1. TheAntiCage

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    i was down in california picking up my 1939 dodge 1 1/2 this weekend. i stopped by my mom's house to talk about life and noticed a beautiful mess sitting in her backyard. i inquired about the pile of metal and eight hundred bucks later, i was the proud owner of an apparently complete bmw r/60,spare engine,forks,rims, hardbags, vetter fairing, and what appears to be oem style helmet/tank bag. i tried to research this bike and all i know is it appears to have a much higher resale value. the thing that really tickles my pickle is i picked up a SIDE STRIDER sidecar a month ago and SUPPOSIDLY it was set up specificaly for the R60! i believe i have my hands FULL with my truck AND this bike. i will upload pick as soon as i figure out how.:D i have been reading ADV forums for over a year and this is the first post worthy thing that has happened in a while! im pretty excited to clean the rust out of the carbs and crank this beast over!
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  2. Sniper X

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    sounds like it could be a fun project. The good thing is, you are in the right (read perfect) place here for information and so on about that bike in particular. I don't think there is better support. and knowledge anywhere on any site world wide for the Airheads then here. To post pics, you need to see the new guidelines and instructions above this thread. But generally, you must have an online host like Smugmug and so on to house the pics, then cut and paste them in using that little mountain icon in the top of the response window. Good luck and post pics as soon as you can of both the bike parts and the sidecar!

    I have a 1970 R60/5. I love it and ride it quite often.

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  3. wirewrkr

    wirewrkr the thread-killer

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    what's the serial number on the frame and engine?
    I will say that there's no way it's a 74 R60/5.
    It's either an R60/6 from 74
    or it's a 73 R60/5 that got registered late.
    This will be important to ascertain before you start buying parts.
    The engine number (behind the dipstick) and the frame number should be the same on your bike, 7 digits long.
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  4. Sniper X

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    That is what I was thinking too but was going to wait till I saw pics to see if it was a /5 or a /6. I have never even SEEN an R60/6.....
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  5. wirewrkr

    wirewrkr the thread-killer

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    I've owned one and parted out several. And seen tons. Literally.
    The rarest one of the later models is the R60/7.
    The only R60 that came with a disc brake from BMW
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  6. Hawk Medicine

    Hawk Medicine Coyote's Brother

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    I had an R60/6 for just long enough to part it out and the frame resides under my current bike.

    At the time I was funding a complex (Expensive) build but looking back, I really wish that I had kept that little bike and I'd love to find another one. Dunno why, but I really would! :nod
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  7. TheAntiCage

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    okay, still no pics. i HAD to give it the "is it going to be worth my time test." i pulled the plugs, clean. dumped a small bit of lucas in the cylinders. i checked the oil, "looked" new. dropped the carbs, SHIT. cleaned the carbs, added fuel, starter sol non operational. jumped the starter and she startted almost right away. ane just as quickly as she started, she started knocking. SHIT, comes from the right cylinder and almost sounds like its in the head. i will get the numbers for it tomorrow, im only going off what my mom said it was. has "bmw R60-5" on both engines. so, i assumed that is the model. thanks for helping me to get this thing figured out in advance! :freaky
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  8. Sniper X

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    I am going with R60/5 registered late in 73 as a 1974. Mine is a 1970 build date but wasn't sold till 1971 so is registered as a 1971. I'll have to look at the month of build but think it was May or June.
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  9. Bill Harris

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    Which explains:

    Look at the steering head, there should be a metal plate with the Serial# and the production date. For example, my bike is a 7/73 and was first registered in January 1974.
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  10. TheAntiCage

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    Alright, i made it back out to the shop to get my facts straight and to turn a wrench or two. Fact: production date on my bike is 05/72. The head came off and a buncha of carbon buildup was in the head and valves. Cleaned the head up and she still has a tapping. It is more of a lifter noise now. I ran it for approx 20 miles today and other than the brakes being SKETCHY, she runs like a raped ape. The front brakes vibrate pretty bad. Not sure what the deal is there but i will investigate later this week. Im on the droid right now so no pic uploads yet. The saddlebags were beat up pretty bad so i did a qwick sand and paint with an enamel base saphire blue. And from what i can tell, i hate it. Im going to paint them black. The bike will remain black as well. I thought i would be daring with the blue. But i cant bring myself to do it. Well, i'll update everyone as soon as i get on the lappietop (finals for the fiance's dental assistant classes.)
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  11. wirewrkr

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    Good to know, your bike is a 1972.
    Refer to it that way when ordering parts and making service/repair inquiries about it and all will be smooth.
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  12. bpeckm

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    Sure you have... great bike! Drum brake, roundslide Bings, dead reliable and smooth....

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  17. TheAntiCage

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  18. TheAntiCage

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    Yep, im special! Computer still un available and posting facebook shit doesnt work. Not much news to report. I have put arould sixty miles on it and im thinking i will not change or alter anything that isnt broken. Lost the original key in my house somewhere. So, i made a "custom "key in the meantime!
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  19. Dtepper2000

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    Check your serial number on the steering plate. If it starts with 4900 it is a 1974. I have a 1974 R60/6 just finishing restoring. Have 9300 original miles. Once you get pictures up, we can see what you have. Clymers manual has database of serial numbers...which we can use to authenticate year/model.:D ALL GREAT MODELS....love da airhead.....dave
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  20. wirewrkr

    wirewrkr the thread-killer

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    He's already determined that his bike is a 72.
    Build date 5/72
    Serial number database is available on line and is very very accurate.
    Clymers is cute, but I wouldn't use it to verify anything.:lol3
    da airhead?
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