On the way to Burlington
On the way to Burlington
Finally washed the bike. Taken at the Parks Hwy Monument turnout outside of Fairbanks, AK.
1983 R100RT hacked w/Cozy Rocket My blog
Just out of restoration
I've posted my R80CS here before but now it belongs to my wife (at least it seems it does, she hasn't touched her F650 since her first ride on the 80 a few weeks ago!). I figured the change of "ownership" deserved another post, that and the fact that the wheels are now painted black. Here's my wife on the 80 motoring through Oregon last weekend as we returned from the National Moto Guzzi Rally.
Anybody wanna buy a super clean, factory lowered, '99 F650!
Can't blame her. Sharp bike.
Just completed my total restoration of my (wife's) 81 R65. I have developed a true love affair for this bike. It is a joy to ride and is very nimble and quick, true to all airheads; it does everything well. The bike sat for years and developed a bad case of sea air corrosion after the OR stored it at waters edge in San Diego Yacht Club. It's a complete ground up restoration - enjoyed every minute of it.
The entire process can be viewed at:
Mike V. / San Diego
Congratulations, Mike. Looks like you did a superb job. ENJOY!
Don "Radar" Wreyford
00 K1200LT, 98 R1100GS AE, 84 R100RS, 76 R75/6 (rebuild complete)
MOA # 91738, RA #27032 , ABC #7915 - "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results" - Albert Einstein
that's a sweet little number there mike
Thanks guys...much appreciated. Really a great little bike, loads of fun and has little trouble keeping up with bigger family members. I have about 1200 miles on it since it's rebuild. Valves are almost completely settled-in and the bugs are all but worked out. A real treat in the local canyons.
Mike V. / San Diego
78 R100/7 [orig. owner] / 81 R65 [restored]
ABC-MOA-AMA / http://tinyurl.com/4df7hgs
This is a classic tale...with recent great success. But the tale begins far away and long ago when, as a young man in 1972, a hard charging former Marine with a Yamaha R5C 350 two-stoker in Southern California, found myself out of curiosity in Irv Seaver's shop on Main Street in Santa Ana. I had previously been exposed to the BMW marque just once, in Abilene Texas in 1971, but I remembered the quiet and impressive putter putter sound of a white /2 after it was kick started and settled into calm operation. So there I was around May of 1972. Irv Seaver politely showed me around his dealership, and I was introduced to Evan Bell, the present owner, who I am sure does not remember me, but anyway there I was. I bought, for I think $400 a nice running 1960 R60/2 with handlebar mounted wind deflector (Wixom ? Bates ?) and leather bags. Let time fast forward, through numerous motorcycles and life events, to May 2010, at which time I sold my then-current BMW, a nice 1977 R100S, and was ÔÇ£without BMWÔÇØ. I had enjoyed my /2, and a new 1974 R90/6, and a 1961 R27, and a 1983 R65LS, and a 2000 R1100RS, and two 1977 R100S bikes and a 1977 R100/7....but I had decided, partly for nostalgic reasons, that I wanted an R60/5. And I wanted a 1973 LWB. And I wanted it in Granada Red. The hunt began. A fellow BMW enthusiast, Charlie in Oshkosh, WI, noticed an eBay ad for a red 1973 R60. That listing timed out without reserve being met. Hmmm. Emails to the seller went unanswered. Well, it was way premature to give up, so Charlie and I dug out BMW Anonymous and located Beemer Bob as the sole listing for Eagle River, WI which was the advertised location of the R60. Beemer Bob did some sleuthing and came up with an email address for the seller. Still no go. Then a second eBay listing ran, and again the reserve was not met. One email to the listing address got a muted response. The bike was restored by Cycle Werks of Barrington, Illinois around 1998, had been ridden little - maybe 200 miles - since then and was mostly stored with a caretaker in a hanger at the Eagle River airport along with a Piper Cub and what not for family vacation use. Well, I made a final appeal to Beemer Bob and he gave it another shot, and I finally got connected with the seller. Charlie and his bride drove to Eagle River and inspected for me, money and title exchanged hands, and Charlie rode 150 miles back to his home in Oshkosh, at night, on surface roads, among deer, using a bolt for a key in the ignition circuit, on 1996 tires (they looked good) on a machine that we later realized had not had an annual service since 1998. Last week Paul and I loaded the R60, now showing ÔÇô yes ÔÇô a genuine 11,741 miles on the odometer ÔÇô in an enclosed U haul and ÔÇ£Eagle River Red the R60/5 LWBÔÇØ , manufactured in January 1973, now resides in Texas and is wearing 1973 TX motorcycle plates courtesy of the generosity and tenacity of 3 BMW enthusiasts, Charlie, Bob and Paul, that helped me secure this very sweet ride. The so-called ÔÇ£barn bikesÔÇØ are still out there.
A better photo
A little elbow grease...
Darn, Thats nice! Mine didn't look that clean when I bought it in '76!
Never had a bad day skiing!
Very nice, that is one beautiful /5 Congrats and have fun!
I am working on a friend to sell me his Granada Red 73' R75/5 26,000 miles, but he will not budge ...yet.
Attitude is everything!
08' V-Strom 650 great light weight tourer