Here we go again! R60/5 owners chime in!

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by Sniper X, Aug 25, 2010.

  1. Sniper X

    Sniper X De Oppresso Liber

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    How are they? What are the positives and negatives? Have a possible trade pending.....fill me in!

    BTW particulars on the bike.

    excellent condition with service history and records, recent as in the last few months, new cables, carbs rebuilt full service and tune up with new points and condensers, final drive serviced, new tyres, and he has a bunch of accessories but i am not sure what all they are yet.

    thanks,

    Kevin
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  2. CurlyMike

    CurlyMike Formerly SaddleSoar

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    I love mine, its a great around the town and short run bike. Starts better than any bike I have ever had. Love the bucket, love the aluminum turns, love old school look. Mine is a bit dirty and could use some new shocks, but new paint was most important to me.

    I saw on another post where you were talking about putting a 1000 motor and upgrading the brake. In my humble opinion, that defeats the purpose. YES, YES, YES it doesnt stop anything like my double disc 83 R100, but its a different animal. I dont ride the R60 if there is a chance I am going to get stuck in traffic. Its obviously hard to predict when brakes are going to make or brake a deal, but for me, one is pleasure and one is utilitarian. I call mine my, bee-booping-beemer. I have seen modern brakes on the older models and something doest sit right with me. These are just my opinions, maybe it can be done classy. Good luck.
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  3. Sniper X

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    f I do get the 60/5, I will not expect nor ride it like a modern bike. In fact, that is one reason I want an old Airhead. I am supposed to get the R100RS today or tomorrow, but want a more vintage one too. This trade might get me both. i feel I can go quicker and more spirited on the R100RS to fulfill my needs for speed, and just cruise nicely on the /5.
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  4. Sniper X

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    very nice looking bike there!
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  5. Mista Vern

    Mista Vern Knows all - tells some.

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    I think mine was one of the funnest airheads I've owned. Hauled me around even though I am heavy. Nimble, light, smooooooth - just a great bike! Hope you get it!







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  6. princess jamaica

    princess jamaica OLD DOG-NEW TRICKS

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    you are "heavy,nimble,light,smoooooth"??????:lol3 are you sure about all of that?
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  7. Sniper X

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    I got the heavy part covered! I am kinda nimble.....and smooth. :rofl
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  8. Glowbug

    Glowbug Been here awhile

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    In those records, check the date of the last spline lube. Bad news if that's been neglected.
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  9. Sniper X

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    I saw it has been done three times since it was new and has 30K on it. it was done in the last 200 miles along with everything else pretty much.
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  10. Mista Vern

    Mista Vern Knows all - tells some.

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    I think mine was one of the funnest airheads I've owned. Hauled me around even though I am heavy, nimble, light, smooooooth - just a great bike! Hope you get it!

    Ooopsie - should have used a semi colon instead of a comma! In reality I am as nimbe as a cow on ice, light as a guilty conscience, and smooth as an auctioneer with Tourettes. :cry
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  11. Sniper X

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    so will these bikes go down the freeway at 75mph easily, or is that asking too much from a 600 twin?
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  12. Mista Vern

    Mista Vern Knows all - tells some.

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    Should be fine - they like to rev. Won't be much pulling power there, but once you are at speed the bike will sit there all day.
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  13. Sniper X

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    Cool. I don't usually mind slow to get there as much as not being able to stay there once it gets there.....uhm did I say that right?:rofl
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  14. bmwrench

    bmwrench Long timer

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    I had a 1971 R60/5 for two years. It was silver with blue pinstripes, a lovely color. It carried me to my first MOA Rally, in Colorado, and collected a speeding ticket for 83 in a 55. I still miss it.

    As far as I'm concerned, there are just a few drawbacks to the R60s: The carbs are very prone to leaking, and their attachment is terrible.

    They are very sensitive to octane, although if you're riding like it as intended, this won't be a real problem.

    Parts for the four-speed gearboxes are getting hard to find. You can swap in a five-speed, but this reduces the bike's charm.
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  15. Plaka

    Plaka Brevis illi vita est

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    The bike is known for two things :incredible smoothness, much better than the bigger displacement bikes. And it has class. Period.

    So if you want these things, go for it. If you want more power, and the handling and brakes to take advantage of it, get a newer one, 90/6 minimum. It will be cheaper. The 60/5 , at this point in time, is best enjoyed for exactly what it is. It will need better shocks and fork springs, just because of it's age and those components will be shot, and simple to upgrade w/o compromising the look. A police solo seat is also nice, at your elevation it isn't the best 2 up scoot and that seat look great, feels good, etc. But that's it.

    Hot rodding airheads is either an exercise in simply doing it---that is, the processes the fun, not the result. Or you are poor and you build a more powerful bike as time and misc. parts become available. It
    s the hard way to do it but easy on the cash flow if you have enough years to do it and some connections.

    Personally I would do ALL the handling mods on the RS, they go a long way to making that a more competent machine, and leave the /5 as a nice Sunday putt machine that you keep well detailed and enjoy for riding on those perfect days when you can completely enjoy it for exactly what it is.
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  16. Hawk Medicine

    Hawk Medicine Coyote's Brother

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    If a rider wants to build a hot rod BMW the best way to do it is to find a bike someone else had hot rodded, buy it and then reconfigure it to taste but please... Leave these little /5 bikes alone!

    They're perfect little period pieces just as they are and one can still realistically ride one across the country and back, relying on nothing beyond the tools in the kit and a road map.

    Those bikes represent the beginning of the end, of something special. Ride one and you'll see!
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  17. Lornce

    Lornce Lost In Place

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    Hey Snipe, check out the Cross Canada thread in my sig line.

    R60/5's a fine machine. They don't make enough power to wear anything out. If it's tuned properly you can ride it flat out all day long and not hurt a thing.

    They're smooth, comfortable, reliable and plenty fast enough for serious back road travelling.

    If I had the time and money I wouldn't hesitate to ride an R50/5 or R60/5 around the globe.

    :deal

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  18. terisda

    terisda Been here awhile

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    I second that Lornce, brilliant bike as it is, buy one and ride the wheels off it.[​IMG][/IMG]
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  19. Sniper X

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    Here it is and I have yet to make a deal as another is pending but....here it is

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    Those miles are original.

    Looks nice to me!
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  20. Lornce

    Lornce Lost In Place

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    Good looking bike, Snipe.

    Why don't you own it, yet?

    :ear
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