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I am thinking of getting into a new hobby. Has anyone ever been involved with restoring 70's or 80's model BMW bikes? If so, any models to avoid, or prefer? Know any good forums? Anyone else interested in restoring old foreign made bikes?

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Don't know about any specifics in restoration, but my Dad had a BMW R75/5 and that was the smoothest bike I've ever been on. The opposed 2 engine with a huge flywheel and shaft drive is quiet and extremely well balanced, very nice bike. Definitely better than an old English bike like a BSA, with leaky plastic carbs.

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Unless you are a pervert and particularly like the look of the old BMW 'Boxer' twins-go for one of the pre1982 Moto Guzzi round barrel models.They have very similar mechanicals and fundamentals to the BMW but have Italian flair in their styling.The 'California' models are especially pretty.


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Don't know about any specifics in restoration, but my Dad had a BMW R75/5 and that was the smoothest bike I've ever been on. The opposed 2 engine with a huge flywheel and shaft drive is quiet and extremely well balanced, very nice bike. Definitely better than an old English bike like a BSA, with leaky plastic carbs.
I did the "old BSA" thing. Those bikes suck. They were unreliable as hell. What model year was the R75? I friend of mine had a '72 in high school, and it was the coolest, sweetest bike I remember from those days.

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Unless you are a pervert and particularly like the look of the old BMW 'Boxer' twins-go for one of the pre1982 Moto Guzzi round barrel models.They have very similar mechanicals and fundamentals to the BMW but have Italian flair in their styling.The 'California' models are especially pretty.

A friend of mine who restored a Guzzi said he had a hard time getting parts, so I'm a little shy on them. Why does one have to be a pervert to like the old "Boxers"? Come on dude! Rat Patrol! Steve mcQueen in the Great Escape! The chase scenes in Indiania Jones!




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That's a good looking bike. Is that the one out of Zen and the art of mcycle maintenance? I'd avoid British bikes, unless you're keen on fannying about at the side of the road and swearing.
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That one's on ebay.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1973-BMW-R75-5-Motorcycle-toaster-tank-vintage-bike_W0QQitemZ4586832299QQcategoryZ49977QQrdZ1QQcm dZViewItem


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Well nothing about them is pretty and in Europe you never see anyone under the age of 60 and without a beard riding one.That was one reason that BMW ceased production of that range,to attract younger riders and although they stuck with the 'Boxer' configuration,they ditched the grandad image.



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That's a good looking bike. Is that the one out of Zen and the art of mcycle maintenance? I'd avoid British bikes, unless you're keen on fannying about at the side of the road and swearing.
Like I said, I did the Brit bike thing. I had a 69 BSA Lightning, and some basket case BSA for parts. Bike was a constant pain in the ass - electrical problems followed by internal motor problems. My best friend had a lot better luck with Bonnevilles - he still has his '72 from our high school days. The one I really wish I had back was the '62 650 Triumph I bought for a couple hundred bucks in the 70's. It was a big beast, but kicked over every time. Sold it for parts when the crank went out.

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Well nothing about them is pretty and in Europe you never see anyone under the age of 60 and without a beard riding one.That was one reason that BMW ceased production of that range,to attract younger riders and although they stuck with the 'Boxer' configuration,they ditched the grandad image.


I tell you what's driving me in this - I am sick of Harleys. Everyone I know has one. They make me sick with their cult-like worship of a stupid name brand. I just want to do something different, and something German made. I just seems like it would be interesting to restore one of those old overgrown toaster ovens.

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