Basket Case - getting in over my head?

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by TipsyMcStagger, Feb 25, 2013.

  1. supershaft

    supershaft because I can

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    IMO, '81-'84 R65's are great bikes. I have never had any trouble getting parts for them? A good friend of mine got tired of me out motoring him on his R50/2 so he got a R75/6. He said he was going to take me. He said that R75/6's made more power than R65's. I said maybe when they were new but yours doesn't. My R65 could walk away from it. Then he got a R90/6. Same story. Then he got dual plugged, pistons, a 336, and Dellorto's for the R90 and he could out motor me. What the book says and what they are are often two different things entirely.
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  2. Plaka

    Plaka Brevis illi vita est

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    I spent $1800 on my '83RS. Original owner, extensive service records mostly from the same shop, all the mods: Stainless brake lines, San Jose Upper triple clamp, Telefix fork brace, Brown side stand, Reynolds ride-off center stand (which I later found out was vital), Konis, LED brake light flashers. Brake disks were good and came with spare pads, racks and full luggage (original), 90K with some headwork in there somewhere. Good seat, all lights and gauges worked, started and ran nice. No bunged up screws in evidence. Nothing broken. Tires half gone.

    BUT

    Lot of scrapes and chips in the paint. He had tried to clean it up for sale and whatever he used stripped half the paint off the engine. This told me it was probably weeping more than a few places and that he was wise to trust his service to a shop. Had a shiny new GS and wanted to sell old faithful. I could run it all I wanted but wouldn't let me ride it. (probably smart because of where he lived but it cost him more than a few hundred). The hurtin' cosmetics meant he really couldn't get much. I think he figured that out. I looked at one other that day, a '77RS that the guy wanted over 6k for and it just wasn't THAT nice. Went back and bought ol'-faithful-but-kinda-ugly.

    I had to replace the tires, get the tach repaired at one point but otherwise it ran fine. I did the same thing on it he did...run back and forth between the bay area and LA a lot. Recently blew a brake line. Everything else I've done is cleaning up cosmetics and my own changes, What I'd do with any bike. Time for new valves and some conrod bearings so that's happening. Some special farkels, etc. I'll do paint someday.


    Look at that pic closely. looks like a custom seat. nice.
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  3. TipsyMcStagger

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    1973 R60. Looks very original but a bit pricey, no?

    Tipsy
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  4. _cy_

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  5. brocktoon

    brocktoon Been here awhile

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    For a running, cosmetically good /5, $3950 is actually quite fair. Looks like he has a toolkit and an original manual as well, which are a few hundred purchased separately. The R60s aren't quite as desirable as the R75s. And the SWB bikes aren't quite as desirable as the LWB bikes. Hard to tell if it's LWB from the photo. '73 was the transition year.

    If that white toaster tank doesn't have any dings, is original paint, and the chrome is in good shape, it could sell for $700-$1000+ on its own. I just sold my completely dinged out toaster tank for 300 euros.
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  6. TipsyMcStagger

    TipsyMcStagger Long timer

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    To be honest, that bike's a little too nice...or at least too original. I'm looking to do a cafe project and I'd feel bad hacking that thing up.

    Tipsy
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  7. disston

    disston ShadeTreeExpert

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    Eggsackkelly. I think R60/5 is a good choice for you but not that one.
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  8. bmwhacker

    bmwhacker Still on 3 wheels

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    I've owned a number of different older BMW's (R65, R75's , R90's) but have become enamored by the R60/5's. Hope to find a good buy on one someday.
    I had one last year but it was too much of a "Heinz 47" and was a conglomeration of different bikes.
    Going to keep on the watch for one in the future.
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  9. Les_Garten

    Les_Garten Been here awhile

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    These bikes are like another passion of mine, Porsche's.

    When I was doing my Porsche, a guy I worked with said he would like to get one and do the same thing. Wanted to know how much he should give for a beater to build up.

    My statement: If it's free it would never be a deal, and the guy who gave it to you wasn't doing you a favor.

    This bike immediately reminded me of that.

    If this bike was free, it may not be worth the effort to haul it away.

    I bought a Gold Wing in 4 or 5 boxes once.

    Seemed like a deal at the time...
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  10. Plaka

    Plaka Brevis illi vita est

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    If you are new to them and looking at working on them as an active hobby, it seems reasonable to me to have some tuition money in there.

    You just don't want to pay for stuff that you have to send out and where the only thing you learn is how much that stuff can cost. So you want good splines everywhere, good tranny and rear drive, good exhaust threads on the heads. Prolly some things I'm not thinking of.

    Engine, front end, brakes, electrics, etc. are all good DIY material. And when you do them it's all fun and yes, more costly than starting with something that needed no attention in these areas.

    Thrice now, first with my First BMW (a 75/5) and later with a K100RS and most recently with my R100RS, I ended up buying two bikes is reasonably close succession. My second /5 was in prefect running order, cost $1500 (looooond time ago). I parted it out to myself over many years, more than getting my money back. if I saved some of the parts I sold off, I would have made a fortune today. The K the bike I got was gorgeous and very dead (fuel left in it for a year). The second ran well but was more ratty. Between the two I got a nice bike and made good money on parts. (both had Staintune exhausts, lotta people were hitting deer and needed bodywork and the stuff I had was cherry). I got to learn the K fairly well. On the RS the second bike was in boxes sans frame. Parted some to myself and sold some. Sold the block for like $100 and I'm still kicking myself. I forgot it only had 40K on it! So it goes.
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  11. Lornce

    Lornce Lost In Place

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    What he said. :deal

    But I'd part it all out and then go buy something nice.

    :evil
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  12. TipsyMcStagger

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  13. Plaka

    Plaka Brevis illi vita est

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    Pffft..craigslist flakes strike again. Shoot him an email and ask if he can ship to Ghana. Then keep it up covering all the more flavorful parts of the world, but from different email addresses.

    I'd go maybe 1200 If it's clean, low miles and fundamentally unmolested.
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  14. disston

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    Over priced. About half what he's asking but that would be for a complete good looker. Pictures were no help so I suspect not all that good.
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  15. Les_Garten

    Les_Garten Been here awhile

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    Goes back to my original proposition that some things are not a deal even if they were free!
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