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heffy 01-13-2010 08:46 PM

Is $5k too much money for my first airhead?
There's a guy local to me selling a very sweet 1972 R75/5 toaster tank SWB airhead. 29k miles, everything looks to be in good shape aside from the "dings here and there".

He's asking $5k for it. Do you think it's too much money?

Wirespokes 01-13-2010 08:58 PM

That certainly sounds like the high end of the range - meaning it better be in awfully nice condition. Like maybe concourse.

To answer your question you'll need to supply us with more data to think with, such as - photos, work history, test ride report, that sort of thing.

wirewrkr 01-13-2010 09:00 PM

sounds like a lot for a /5 in these times.
They always need about $2000,00 worth of real work to be right.
If you're hell bent on it, spend the money at a reputable shop and have it picked over. It will be worth the investment.
At my shop we call that a "pre-purchase inspection",
or just good common sense.

Steve516 01-13-2010 09:27 PM

Yes, $5K is too much money for your first Airhead. By about $2K.

heffy 01-13-2010 09:31 PM

in his craigslist post, he says it's been well maintained and was his daily rider

I wish it weren't so expensive... if it were $3k, I would've purchased it already, but I'm willing to guess that someone else would have first. It's the exact bike I've been looking for

Wirespokes 01-13-2010 09:37 PM

If it's not very far away, go take a look - and some pix to post for us. And make him an offer - at that price it will be around a while and might just take you up on it.

Detroit Steve 01-14-2010 04:28 AM

$5K for a /5?

Only if it is TOO PRETTY to modify!

If your desires are to ride it daily, put on 900cc barrels, dual disc front end, paint it a different color, upgrade the electrics, Mikunis, RT fairing...

there are better (cost effective)alternatives out there.

/5's for me are nice and if I had the desire to own one I would keep it as a "sunny day" bike.

kadesean 01-14-2010 04:45 AM

No offense Steve, but is this guy supposed to take advise from someone who would put an RT fairing on a /5?!?

OK, I can see how you might take offense, but still...

Cogswell 01-14-2010 07:06 AM

I'll agree with the masses, way too much money for the bike as it's described. Look around for a bit and you'll get a better idea of what they're worth condition wise.


opposedcyljunkie 01-14-2010 07:09 AM

One can get a nice PD for that kind of money.

CurlyMike 01-14-2010 07:16 AM

way too much for your first bike. Edit your profile to say where you are at and someone might be able to assist you face to face from this forum. Just to give you an idea, I have a 75/6 for sale for $2250, need paint bad and a 83 fully restored and EVERYTHING new for $3500. Not trying to sell them to you, just giving you some reference...

Yarddog 01-14-2010 08:02 AM

It's most definitely a buyer's market right now...the soft economy, being the winter months, just after Christmas, bills are due...and after all, it is a 38 year old machine!

caponerd 01-14-2010 08:19 AM

What they all said.

I bought my 1982 RT (rough, but presentable @60,000 miles) back in 2000 for $3000. It needed a new battery before I could ride it, then the diode board failed the day after I bought it.
Later, I took it to a very competent and thorough airhead wrench with instructions to check it out and take care of anything it needed.
My $3000 was nickel-and-dimed up to $5200, for which, I could have gotten an immaculate example, with either very low miles or completely restored.

Even if presented with a service history (as I was, and should have read more carefully to spot the sudden drop-off in records during the PO's stewardship!) any bike bought from an individual seller is an unknown that will probably require work before it's ready for daily service.

The Raven 01-14-2010 08:32 AM


Originally Posted by heffy
There's a guy local to me selling a very sweet 1972 R75/5 toaster tank SWB airhead. 29k miles, everything looks to be in good shape aside from the "dings here and there".

He's asking $5k for it. Do you think it's too much money?

YES!!! check out Internet bmw marketplace for an idea of what you can get

Garbln 01-14-2010 08:36 AM

A 72 with 29K, a daily rider? That's really low mileage for a daily rider. With only that many miles it's been sitting a lot.

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