From what I've heard, they were the very last of the Airheads and South Africa was the target market. They were somewhat of a throw back model which was intended to incorporate many of the R80G/S parts (the popular 80's model that had been discontinued). Among the obvious differences are the new paralever swing arm, blue framework, Dakar tank and retro style valve covers. I bought mine in Guatemala where I have seen a couple of others. That's about all I know about them. It's a very smooth and comfortable motorcycle that is competent off-road and is now my first choice for longer trips over mixed terrain. It's a keeper!
A SWB /5, 5 speed transmission, period bags by FiberMold, Sargent seat.
1971 R75/5, 1973 R75/5, 1979 R100/5 custom, 1988 R100GS, 1999 K1200LT
I swear I can hear the little guy cuss when I climb on but it's really fun to ride.
Just picked this up today. Pictured next to the bike is the PO, Ed Sabin.
Too cold here in Florida to take it for a ride, 32 degrees and raining (reports of snow in some areas). I may have to break out the hot cocoa.
Two thumbs up.
1973 1/2 R75/5 with 80,000 miles. Picture taken in November 2009.
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If you can't go fast with 100hp, you can't go fast with 200hp.
Here is my R60. Former basket case. Claims 48k on the clock.