Picked up this r75/5 roller last winter. Local inmate Pokey66C23 was considerate enough to give me second dibs after he bolted at its sight. The bikes history is a hazy tale of Rhode Island baby boomers, procrastinating restorers and 20+ years in lonely corners. The engine refuses to budge and there are varieties of rust not known to science encasing the exterior. While I hate seeing beemers broken for their bits, I must say this bike makes me second guess that logic. Welp....the day she arrived. Like a homely stray dog confined to the porch. Fearful she might pee in my workshop. IMG_3654 by Motorrad+MCM, on Flickr IMG_3655 by Motorrad+MCM, on Flickr The engine badge fell off during unload. The owner was kind enough to find the knee pads for the tank, I didn't have the heart to tell him they were also rubbish. IMG_3656 by Motorrad+MCM, on Flickr The PO doused the bike in a miracle juice so it's a bit baby oily. IMG_3657 by Motorrad+MCM, on Flickr No, that's not a weed. IMG_3715 by Motorrad+MCM, on Flickr Mufflers and springs look like they were made from Corten. IMG_3682 by Motorrad+MCM, on Flickr The bike must have looked better 20 years ago, or Rhode Island has some pretty low standards. IMG_3697 by Motorrad+MCM, on Flickr IMG_3658 by Motorrad+MCM, on Flickr The gearbox kicks over with the clutch disengaged. IMG_3659 by Motorrad+MCM, on Flickr Surprised I didn't find barnacles with rust like this. I could practically hear the seat decomposing. IMG_3676 by Motorrad+MCM, on Flickr Warty fuel cap. If it looks this bad on the outside..... IMG_3661 by Motorrad+MCM, on Flickr Yikes... it was still 1/4 full! Wish you could of smelled this.... I'll likely turn this tank into a mailbox. IMG_3692 by Motorrad+MCM, on Flickr IMG_3674 by Motorrad+MCM, on Flickr Toothpick needles. Unfortunately, the Elmer's glue was no match for the mighty tac. IMG_3679 by Motorrad+MCM, on Flickr Clutch cable works surprisingly well and arm moves as it should. <img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5179/5423350503_c91cbd7dc7_z.jpg" width="480" height="640" alt="IMG_3717" /> Can't wait to crack the treasure chest. IMG_3713 by Motorrad+MCM, on Flickr I didn't notice any broken fins on either cylinder. <img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5296/5423953828_0acfb96c15_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="IMG_3718" /> Bummed about the wonky bucket and toothpicky speedo. The shape will need massaging, the ignition switch is kaput, some wires are singed, the harness has been molested and the chrome ring is munched. But the fuses were in good shape! IMG_3691 by Motorrad+MCM, on Flickr Final drive is full, wheel spins and all drain/filler plugs moved with ease. IMG_3793 by Motorrad+MCM, on Flickr Gearbox was full and the PO stuffed the engine with clean oil. IMG_3795 by Motorrad+MCM, on Flickr Beauty and the least. IMG_3730 by Motorrad+MCM, on Flickr I've hoarded a trove of /5 bits over the years, so that'll help with the project. Regardless, this requires a full restoration and I plan for the long term. Not entirely set on end objectives, but leaning towards a sportier /5. We'll see what evolves... nothing is sacred with this trash five.