Just picked this R75/5 yesterday.....

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  1. nevada72

    nevada72 Whore for the Industry

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    As purchased, with funky Avon fairing -
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    And not long after -
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    I've been looking for the right /5 for decades. They were either too messed with, or too expensive. This one just happened to come up on cl and it was local. As in 5 miles away local. I bought it from the second owner who had it for the last 38 years. I feel I got a great deal.

    It's in overall excellent shape for it's age. The paint is a little sketchy, not sure if it's a repaint or just old. The headlight bucket wiring was spliced into for the fairing, so I'm sorting through that right now. The wiring is in pretty good shape considering, and all color coded factory stuff is still in very good shape. I have a new Metzler showing up Weds, and the front was just replaced.

    I'm looking forward to sorting it out to 100%.
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  2. Dreossi

    Dreossi Been here awhile

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    Congrats, the /5 is an excellent machine, enjoy the 'ride'.

    There is something about those heavy flywheels that's endearing.
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  3. brg

    brg 1976 r75/6, 1978 SR500, 1977 XT500

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    Very nice, I'm still searching for the same. Really cool it was so close to you. Chunk.
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  4. scrapper

    scrapper Been here awhile

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    I was just looking at that one on craigslist yesterday. That was a good buy.
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    Congratulations! Nice score. Beautiful bike
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  6. scrapper

    scrapper Been here awhile

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    Where in Wisconsin are you from?
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  7. spo123

    spo123 Man About Town

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    Nice bike...rather unmolested......The paint is probably not factory......The pinstripes......kind of funky.
    Did you even ride it with that fairing?
    As funky fairings go.....that one is rather NICE.
    Good luck.
    Thanks for the post.
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  8. disston

    disston ShadeTreeExpert

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    Don't throw the fairing away. They are going to make a come back some day and when they do you will kick yourself if you just trashed it. BTW, I guarantee this, that the big ugly fairing phad will reappear someday. It will it will it will I tell you.

    Nice looking bike. Congratulations.
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  9. WooPig

    WooPig Gravel Traveler

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    I suspect Disston has a hoard of big fairings just waiting for that fad to come around again and we'll all owe him an apology when he cashes in on it. :-)
    That particular one looks like it would be a leg-soaker in even a slight drizzle.

    Nice bike!
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  10. nevada72

    nevada72 Whore for the Industry

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    Yeah, I was surprised he listed it so low. I've seen far lesser bikes for much more.

    Town of Lisbon - same as the seller it turns out. He had it listed as Sussex, which is where I say we live half the time just because it's easier.

    Thanks. Agreed on your assessment. The paint is probably part of the reason he let it go for the price he did. It's not horrible (the stripes are), but I'm going to redo it over the winter. I'll stick with factory silver but I'm considering red pin stripes. The fairing was the only obvious thing that was done to the bike away from oem. I got all the spliced on wiring off yesterday and I'm ready to terminate ends today or tomorrow (Going to the Father's Day Hill Climb in Kewaskum probably). And fortunately the seller tossed in a spare front end assembly because the turn signals are MIA. I took them off the spare. I will say, that is some tricky bit of wire fishing to get the wire up the headlight bracket. For now I'll run it behind the triple tree just to get it back on the road. I suspect one needs to loosen the lower triple tree to allow some working room to fish the wire, but I'm all ears if anyone has a method that's easier.

    On the fairing - it's actually really nice to ride behind. I rode he bike home, about 5 country miles and up to 65 MPH. It honestly worked as well or better than the batwing on our touring rig parked in the backround. Very impressed. And as tall as that windscreen is, it's actually exactly the right height for me to see over. I'm pretty tall.

    Thanks!. We were very careful removing it. I plan on doing some light fiberglass repair and I'll have it sprayed. I scoured the net looking for information on it. There's not many like the one I have. This is the closest -
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    http://www.duncansbeemers.com/bikes/bikepage.php?bikeID=155

    It's described as a "factory" Avon fairing. I'm not sure what that means exactly. The one I have uses the turn signal lenses from the bike instead of what is pictured, but overall, very similar. And I do have the lowers.

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    Thanks everyone for the warm welcome and kind words. I didn't think there would be this much traffic in this sub forum.
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    You might not want to hear this, but it's a good idea to run earth wires to those front indicator pods...


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  12. nevada72

    nevada72 Whore for the Industry

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    That won't be the end of the world. I could use a small gauge, flexible bare copper wire I would imagine. I'm going to encase the factory stuff in a sleeve to protect it like the factory did. I can just run the copper with the blue - red/blk.

    What was the issue? Unreliable flash?
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    patrkbukly 52 Weeks of warm

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    THATS A BEAUTY.
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    ShineySideUp Been here awhile

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    congrats on picking up one of the all time classic bikes!
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    Yes due to poor grounding.


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    CafeDude Ride to eat.....

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    Congrats! Looks like a rather nice and unmolested /5. A rare find these days. If you're so inclined, repop mufflers in the correct pattern (the "cigar" shaped mufflers) are available these days for under $200/set.

    A small pet peeve of mine: the tank knee pads are installed upside down, apparently. You can peel them off and re-install right side up and they will follow the tank recess much better. Not a big deal of course.

    Great bikes, I wish you much happiness aboard your fine machine!
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    bodine003 Been here awhile

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    Great score !! Liked it better with the coolass fairing!!!!!
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  18. nevada72

    nevada72 Whore for the Industry

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    Thanks! And good info! Happen to have a link to the muffler source? Maybe some tank pads as well?

    The pads were going to come off anyway. Looks like the guy used construction adhesive to hold them on. I know he maintained the bike because he had receipts for minor work done at Mischlers BMW/Harley which has a good reputation. But some of the stuff was obviously a farmer fix (fix - don't replace), like the mirror stem with a weld on it and the tank pads. But that stuff is minor.

    I think I mentioned earlier, I'm having the tank and fenders repainted in the winter. I'll probably have to have the tank boiled to get rid of the Kreem (or whatever) is in there. And I had no idea the fenders were plastic. All these years I thought they were metal.
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    CafeDude Ride to eat.....

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    Here's one source for the mufflers, there are many others: https://www.denniskirk.com/4405225....ahKDYKa9SoR2M62Nh9zxoC077w_wcB&ad=45713337637

    The tank pads can be sourced from MAX BMW: Part #16 11 1 230 048 and 049 (Left and right). About $30 each.

    The fenders are made of SMC....basically a funky fiberglass. Be careful stripping it, try not to gouge it and break through the surface, it turns to dust.

    I have a tank that was kreemed too, and is failing. I hate that stuff. It should be outlawed!
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  20. nevada72

    nevada72 Whore for the Industry

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    Excellent - thanks!

    There's probably grooves worn into my driveway from the UPS truck carrying Dennis Kirk stuff. The Metzler I ordered for the bike is from them too.
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