R75/5 or Mystic?

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

  1. bmwloco

    bmwloco Long timer

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    I was selling Mystics when they were new. In my short tenure with BMW, it was the transition from Airheads to Robo-Boxers. The Mystics were pretty much the very end of the Airhead line in North America and specifically the USA. I am pretty sure the Airheads continued in G/S trim in other parts of the globe.

    If memory serves, I wasn't too hot on them. Strange access to tools; you need a tool to remove the side cover, luggage mounts were a bit fiddly, and other stuff.

    Still. It's an air cooled boxer engine. Pretty much the zenith of BMWs many years of air cooled motorcycles. It's not a bad starting point, and I would let one lounge in my garage.

    That said, a 75/5 would also be a happy addition to the Church. I love my RS and Das Beast, and the R60/2 is a fine machine, but there is always room for one more airhead.
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  2. Woodrow823

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    Not committed quite yet. I'm leanin that way, as it looks like the dates are gonna work.
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  3. red bud

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  4. bikecat

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    The side covers are pull-offs. The tool kit is located in the tail section, under the seat which is secured by allen-screws (I changed mine to butterfly screws). Luggage and the mounts are plastic, similar to those on the K75,100,1100. There is a metal option, I believe.

    The Mystic runs 32mm carbs, BTW.
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  5. jehicks87

    jehicks87 Been here awhile

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    I'd get the 75/5 all day every day over the mystic.
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  7. Zagando

    Zagando BMW uber alles!

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  8. bmwloco

    bmwloco Long timer

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    Thanks for the memory bump. Yes, it was the tool kit that needed to be accessed with an allen wrench.

    I can count on one hand how many Mystics I have seen in the wild since they were new. I wonder what total production was...
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  9. robsmoto

    robsmoto Motorcycleton

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    I suppose that the same price of the bikes is in the range of $4k - $5k. For me, I like working on my bikes. A few years back I bought a R75/5 for $2k. It didn't need much urgently other than carb cleaning and adjustment. I didn't let that stop me from taking it all apart just because I wanted to do so.

    I already have a /6, /7 (77R100RS), and a GS/PD and so I had tools and many relevant spares. I agree with others that have indicated that the /5 will hold value long term better than the Mystic.

    Personally, just based on looks and preferences I'd take the /5 over the Mystic.
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  10. tennessee thumper

    tennessee thumper Don't Text Me Bro

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    Having owned both for some time I'd say it boils down to this, just my take.

    /5 Great, reliable vintage bike. More need for upgrades and parts replacment with if its a higher mileage bike. Excellent touring bike that will hold value.

    Mystic..looks and ergos aside as they are subjective...the engine, suspension and brakes are the pinnacle of the airhead design. Great airhead "sport" style bike out of the box. Not as much needed in the way of parts or upgrades since it's a later model but you never know. Lousy for touring and two up riding. Holding value...50/50.

    If you only have one bike.../5.

    If you are looking for something to diversify the stable and have a 2 up already....coin toss...Mystic or /5.

    If you want airhead that performs at a high level in all aspects of riding...Mystic.
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  11. bikecat

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    The funny thing is that Mystic parts like the tail and dash sells really well on fleabay.

    The /5 looks better than the Mystic, I must agree, but the tubeless wheels and stopping power are real sell points.
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  12. jellycow

    jellycow Back on track.. Oh, wait, new track found!

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    That intended use would make it /5 for me.
    Just as I keep loving my R60/6 (now with dual Brembo disk for safety and 1000cc: 70hp instead of 40, great for overtaking.) While others came and went (R100GS, R90S, F650, R1100GS, Schek-R80G/S to name the BMW's) the /6 is the keeper and most lovely to ride.
    The /6 basic looks and features can't be beaten for me. Why would a /5 be different? Maybe short wheel base or drum frontbrake? No worries there! Hell the original drum on my R60/6 was better then the single disk on the GS or the double ATE disks on the 90S, if only my wrist didn't get hurt and I lost some force in my hand, I would still run the drum just because it looks fine and works just as well.
    Hey, you want it just for short runs and looking at it, there is no question in my world on that. :deal
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  13. Caddy82rats

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    for this dilema I'll go for the /5
    I love the 4 speed gearbox, engine etc are bullet proof.
    comfort is fantastic with long travel fork (not on the Mystic)
    Breaks are not as good as mystic but you've to have well maintened breaks and to drive it as an old lady
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  14. gplane

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    The /5 is a more neutral handling bike and the Mystic feels a bit "nosier", more like a K bike.
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  15. tennessee thumper

    tennessee thumper Don't Text Me Bro

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    Just out of curiosity, a show of hands from ya'll who have owned a Mystic. I know Bikecat has one...anyone else here?
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  16. Wirespokes

    Wirespokes Beemerholics Anonymous

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    I've got an R100R which is just about the same thing but a slight bit better looking. Rode it across the country from Oregon to Vermont for the Burlington rally and back - 7500 miles in three weeks. Low bars, no windscreen and enjoyed every minute of it, well, almost. All except getting lost on the freeway around Washington DC for five hours. Grrrrrrrr

    I've also got an R75/5 that needs restoring and an R60/5 but haven't ridden it much. I sold an R60/5 to an X GF and worked on and rode that one.

    So I've experienced both.
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