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Discussion in 'Airheads' started by bmwhacker, Sep 6, 2011.
Once you remove the cover you may find the foam underneath is already cut for you.
Went over with a friend to look at a BMW R80 last winter. I think the guy ended up getting it for $1200.00 or so. I was more interested in the other derelicts sitting there:
The old Harley had "marked" his territory quite well.....his blue Indian neighbor had only dripped a little.
There were other cruisers too...all of them sitting collecting dust. The guy had a lot of cool stuff sitting around. His "man cave" was like an Indian / Harley Museum.
There are quite a few "fishing finds" that I pass on too.....
Often an owner will think just because the bike has "BMW" on the tank that it is worth a lot.
This old R75/5 was a 1973 LWB with some later model sidecovers. The bike had possibilities but was a lot rougher than it looks in the photo.
Banged up headlight nacelle, leaking pushrod tube seals, erratic idle, bald tires and the $1200.00 price tag deterred me from hauling it home. Might have been worth $1200.00 to someone but not me.
This one was offered up for a $1000.00........ No thanks.
I don't limit my fish'in to Airheads.
Last Fall my "fish'in" pulled in an old Yamaha 250 Enduro. I couldn't pass it up for $500.00. Only had 2000 miles on it and ran great. The bike had spent its' life on a farm and had never been washed in over 20 years but it cleaned up real nice. There was about 2" of solidified cow shit stuck in the undersides of the rear fender.
The original PO had never opened the little side storage area where the tool set lived. The tool set was there and had never been opened. Still had spare fuses wrapped in plastic.
I putted around on it out in the hills for a while and found someone who wanted it more than I did.
Some guys pull in real big fish from time to time.....
I was at a MC gathering last year and this came in off the gravel road. He had found it at an estate sale in CA.
He wouldn't tell me how much he paid for it. The bike needed some minor TLC but looks pretty good to me.:eek1
I'll never Catch my Limit......
(I've posted some of these on previous threads)
1973 R75/5...gotta dig those "ape hangers"
This bike had been thoroughly jury rigged by a PO. Had a Suzuki Tail light, throttle and odometer grafted into the stock Motometer. The guy had also scratched the
function description of each idiot light into the Motometer face plate....and his hand writing skills were poor.
Also had holes drilling in the frame, pieces welded to the frame here and there for a poorly made trailer hitch.
My wife rode this $1000.00 1973 R75/5 Toaster for 10 years.
Thanks briarpatch! ....Thanks to your generosity I have a "new" fender, tail light and signal bar. The wiring harness adorning it will also go to a good use....whenever I wire something in on a bike I like to use the same color coding as original so sacrificial wiring harnesses have value to me.
I found a black front fender on ebay and they both showed up today. After work I spent a few minutes and installed both. I happened to have some of the large strap BMW plates which go on the inside and some original bolts / washers too.
Wow, the fenders even match, we be stylin now!.
The ugly $1.04 bucket seat (with $50.00 shipping) also showed up. By chance I did need seat hinges and it had a pair. Had to drill out every screw to free them but I had spare screws. Pulled the back rest off and after a minute of deliberation........ The seat post was rusted off, and attempting to make it into a solo seat seemed fruitless. It was one of those seats that placed the rider so far forward that my gonads were damn near on the fuel tank. I set the seat on the bike, climbed on and my wife started laughing at me. Dumpster here we come!
That thing would look GOOD parked at a scenic overlook here on the Blue Ridge Parkway!
Oh yeah, did you notice the return address on the box?
Someday......we will get back East for some riding. Never have ridden a bike East of the Missouri river....
Finally had some down time from work. Spent a few days sorting out the old bike and have been sneaking around the neighborhood without proper registration. The bike fired right up and runs great. She has some wiring messed up as the PO jury rigged a lot of the headlight nacelle wiring into a lumps of wire nuts and crimp connectors.
I've already invested a few hundred dollars and a lot of time into the beater and have hit my limit of investment at this point.
The PO sold the bike to me and stated that the title was in his possession. Shame on me for not holding off until I had a title in hand. I knew that if the title never came to be, I could always part the bike out and make a buck or two.
Unfortunately the guy ended up being a scum bag and never located the parts he said he had or the title. He finally must have blocked my emails and my phone number as he won't reply to anything....
I had an old registration of his and the registration numbers were not matching the V.I.N. anyway (two numbers were mixed up). I hauled the bike to the Montana State Police and had the Frame #'s and Engine #'s ran through NCIC to be sure nothing was listed as stolen. All went well there and then I enlisted an insurance company to "Bond" the title ($100.00). The next step was to register the bike and apply for a new title with the Montana DMV. The DMV lady I dealt with was a bitch and said that I needed to make a better attempt to come up with a duplicate title. I told her, short of holding the previous owner at gunpoint and making him do it, I was out of options. So I am waiting for reply from the Montana DMV to see if they will issue a "new" title. I've been through this process before and had no problem but the DMV Bitch I dealt with soured the whole process. We'll see if a title is "awarded"...if not the bike will be parted out.
My latest "catch" is being described as a "WW2 German BMW Sidecar Rig" by the present owner. He inherited it on some property he bought and knows very little about motorcycles.
The bike had been sitting in an old Semi Trailer for eons. I've had phone contact with the owner and have made arrangements to look it over next week.
The sidecar is separated from the bike. I have no idea of what the actual bike is....this should be interesting...maybe it will be my best once-in-a-lifetime "barn find".............hoping for the best and expecting the worse.
I like the older machines. The older the better but of course there is a practical limit. Go back far enough and I wonder how they ever got anywhere with the machines they had in the 20's and 30's. I learned to drive on 50's cars and owned 50's car in the 60's. So my favorites amongst motorcycles are the 50's and 60's. I digress...
I have heard that there are more phony WWII motorcycles than real ones. This seems to apply especially to the BMW models. I mention this because it could be a elaborate set up. Here's where the experts are. Make sure you check with these guys before expending large amounts of cash.
We'll want to see pictures of this newest treasure.
Good point Charlie.
I have minimal knowledge of the old BMW bikes, but DO know the difference from the Chinese / Russian ersatz rigs.
I'll be taking lots of photos and documenting serial #'s to do my research prior to any deal we might make.
The guy has never actively tried to sell the bike and doesn't know anything about them.
He just thought it was cool and that he might have it restored sometime...now it sounds like he's lost interest.
I have never met more sour, grimacing, horrid bitches than those behind the counter at the DoR (Missouris version of a DMV) in my own hometown. Sounds like their mindset is spreading.
But, I went through the lost title process on my /2's and after a year or more of searching, I found out an easy (but slow) way of obtaining titles for $250 each. PM me if you haven't parted it out yet.
I'm betting CJ/Ural, but hoping for the real McCoy for your sake.
That's what i'm thinking too....but you never know...one can always dream....:eek1
If you're ever gonna get lucky and score one of those for a reasonable price, this is how it'd happen. Hoping can't hurt.