/5 lessons; what's stock, what's not, and what to look for

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by datchew, Jan 12, 2007.

  1. Lornce

    Lornce Lost In Place

    Aug 17, 2003
    Way Out There.

    That's a pretty sweet example of a '70 /5. For $2.5k I'd buy it in a heart flutter.

    I like the chrome one piece crash bars on these old bikes. Adds a cool bit of period bling. Yes, in a prang it may bend the frame or flip the bike over turning a harmless lowside into a highside. So don't crash it. Relax and just style around. Ride it like a classic.

    The bars appear to be /6 or /7 US bars, not /5 US bars and the horn's not stock. But who cares?

    Original horn looked like this (btw, this is a '72 with a /6 24liter tank, before someone has a 'riginality fit):

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  2. Mugwest

    Mugwest .

    Oct 18, 2005
    3rd Ring of Buzztopia
    I like this advice-- realistic; takes into account that one prolly should'nt be riding a classic like a daily-driver commuter War Machine in the first place. Arming a classic highly-polished Bling/pleasure machine into a Real World combatant results in a much different bike and experience, negating the original ride intent. Any modern machine will do grunt roadwork for that. Keep the oldtimers stock and ride the classics sober and carefully for genteel oldschool pleasure.

    (still, all this yack about crash bars makes me appreciate the thought BMW has put into the later units: useful and disposable, sparing the frame in all but the harshest crashes)
  3. fixer

    fixer KLR-riding cheap bastard

    Oct 9, 2003
    Lost Wage$, NV
    like the seller says, good condition for a 27 year-old bike.

    however, it's 37 years old! :deal

    math is hard! :lol3
  4. datchew

    datchew Don't buy from Brad

    Aug 1, 2005
    Remember the Alamo!

    Man, I hear that. My wife was even surprised I didnt' jump on it. I just can't right now. New baby in May, end of school in April, and it'd have to sit outdoors which is probably some kind of cardinal sin or something. :lol3

    It's probably long gone anyway. There will be more.

    Thanks all.

    Mug, i'm with you on that one... I'd just enjoy it and not beat it daily.