Just dropping in to throw my hat into the ring as a proud new BMW owner restoring an old airhead. I see a couple of other folks here in the forum also going down the same path. I just picked up this cherry 1973 LWB R75/5:
I know it doesn't look like it's in that great of shape, but I knew I couldn't pass it up when I looked at the speedometer:
Just one mile ridden! Unbelievable! Clearly the previous owner was a little old lady riding it to church on Sundays only.
So far I'm learning to enjoy the marvels of German engineering. I had no idea electrical tape and zip ties were used so freely at the BMW factory.
In all seriousness, I figure I'm looking at a years-long project. Job #1 is to get it running. After that I'll probably tear it all the way down and start restoring it from the frame up to get it looking pretty. The back wheel rolls in all gears, so I think it has some potential, mechanically. Still, it looks like it was used, abused, and probably dropped at least once.
My Dad and I rebuilt an old Lambretta scooter from the 60s when I was in high school that was in far worse condition. I just moved to Northern California to be closer to pops now that he's in his 70s, and we're going to work on this one together as well. He's a mechanical engineer, and an encyclopedia of knowledge when it comes to motors, but we're both BMW newbies.
Hope to see everyone in the forums and on the road sooner rather than later!