R75/5 or Mystic?

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by Arby60, Feb 7, 2011.

  1. Arby60

    Arby60 Bluegrass Rider

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    Trying to decide between two totally different, yet beautiful bikes.

    1. 1973 R75/5 Toaster LWB. Black w/white pinstripes.
    2. 1995 Mystic

    Assuming both are pristine and carry the same price tag, which would you choose? Intended use local around town and to sit and look at!
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  2. blaine.hale

    blaine.hale Long timer

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    Toaster. It will hold far more value and will only go up in value/rarity.

    Though I do reaaaally want a mystic. *le sigh
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  3. Wirespokes

    Wirespokes Beemerholics Anonymous

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    I'm not into the Mystic's appearance, but that's me. The /5 is definitely of an age where it's hit the bottom (monetarily speaking) and coming back up.

    The Mystic may never drop any lower in price considering it's the last of the airheads and one of the most rideable.

    So if you're looking at this from an investment viewpoint - looks like a toss up to me. Ride them both and see which one jerks your chain.
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  4. baldwithglasses

    baldwithglasses Godspeed, Robert

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    I came across a Mystic rigged up with a Watsonian sidecar for all of two weeks. I never rode it, and ended up selling it for what I paid for it.

    I'm pretty sure I'd keep a /5, IMHO.
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  5. baldwithglasses

    baldwithglasses Godspeed, Robert

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    Here's my other thought on the Mystic: It's supposed to be an early BMW cruiser, so it has more relaxed head and seat angles than the standard BMW. I can't remember if the bike I looked at had forward controls or not, but the slack angles turn me off.
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  6. wirewrkr

    wirewrkr the thread-killer

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    I think maybe you're thinking of a different bike.
    The Mystic was introduced in the last year of the R100R as a cafe-ish bike with low R90S bars short Cafe style seat with no room for passenger. Definitely not a cruiser. What do you mean by slack head angles?
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  7. jtwind

    jtwind Wisconsin Airhead

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    sit and look at choice would have to be /5
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  8. blaine.hale

    blaine.hale Long timer

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    Going purely on aesthetics, I'd say we have a winner. Also, come on, it's the wunderbike!
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  9. subagon

    subagon Hopelessly lost

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    Buy both, you'll sleep better at night knowing you got the right bike. :D
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  10. tennessee thumper

    tennessee thumper Don't Text Me Bro

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    I've had both and sold both. I still have a Mystic "in the family" as my old man bought one after liking mine so much.

    My thoughts after lots of seat/wrench time on both:

    Mystic performs, handles, stops and does everything better than a /5.
    It is not a good two up bike and leaves something to be desired in the comfort department for extended runs.

    A later model such as this is USUALLY NOT in need of a long upgrades list after purchace. Watch out for missing tranny circlip and factory installed rear shock.

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    /5 is a MUCH better touring bike and generally more comfortable to ride. Drum brakes are an obvious short fall and depending on the bike you get there may be a longer list of repairs/upgrades that need to be done.
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    I traded my /5 for a 92 GSPD after 18 wonderful years of riding. Hated to see it go but my needs for a bike changed now that I'm in a very rural area.

    Can't go wrong with either...If I were forced to choose again today I'd go with the Mystic with two changes, install some higher reach handle bars and a R100R subframe to accept a larger rear seat.

    Cheers
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  11. bikecat

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    Haven't ridden a 75, but it is sure pretty. I reckon that the Mystic is more functional with tubeless wheels and twin discs up front. The tank is bigger too?

    Am I right to say that the Mystic is more stable because of a wider rear tyre too?
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  12. FatBoyCrash

    FatBoyCrash Buckle up SpankY!!

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    My old man owned a Mystic. We both own older airheads. We both slap each other when we think that we sold it.... It really was a good thing. What other bikes do you have? My mate says you should always have a bike and a problem. That is, have one good reliable bike you can jump on at any time (i.e. the mystic) and one labour of love (i.e. the toaster).
    Hope that helps.
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  13. FatBoyCrash

    FatBoyCrash Buckle up SpankY!!

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    Arr!! I see you already have new bikes. Toaster it is then.
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  14. red bud

    red bud alky w/motorcycle problem

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    i understand your delema
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  15. Woodrow823

    Woodrow823 Adventurer

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    Hey Redbud. When did ya get the solo seat for the /5 .... I mean dualsport?

    Nice pics!
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  16. Country Doc

    Country Doc Wanderer

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    It's amazing how much stuff our airheads can carry...

    dc
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  17. Reryder

    Reryder Onward through the fog...

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    Toaster. Beautiful. And the 750 runs sweeter and smoother than the much lumpier 1000cc engines. I would trade my R100RS for my old Toaster any day.
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  18. Bill Harris

    Bill Harris Confirmed Curmudgeon

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    Both or either, actually.

    The /5 is the beginning of the "modern" BMWs (changeover from the older oldschool /2-line) and the Mystic could be considered the acme of that line (before the journey to the oilie/hexie Darkside).

    I like my /5 and will likely ride it til I get obsoleted, but wouldn't mind getting a Mystic for the aesthetics.
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  19. red bud

    red bud alky w/motorcycle problem

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    15-20 yrs ago, u going to eastern rendezvous?
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  20. Uncle Ernie

    Uncle Ernie Long timer

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    I had had nothing but BMW's (OK- except for a Honda 450 for about 3 months) when I thought I'd like to buy a new Mystic. I made the mistake of renting one; it was the worst bike I ever sat on. My girlfriend hated it too. I think there must be a reason the production run was so short.

    Honest to god- I couldn't believe they let that POS leave the factory.
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