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Old 02-07-2011, 07:05 AM   #1
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R75/5 or Mystic?

Trying to decide between two totally different, yet beautiful bikes.

1. 1973 R75/5 Toaster LWB. Black w/white pinstripes.
2. 1995 Mystic

Assuming both are pristine and carry the same price tag, which would you choose? Intended use local around town and to sit and look at!
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Old 02-07-2011, 07:11 AM   #2
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Toaster. It will hold far more value and will only go up in value/rarity.

Though I do reaaaally want a mystic. *le sigh
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Old 02-07-2011, 07:37 AM   #3
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I'm not into the Mystic's appearance, but that's me. The /5 is definitely of an age where it's hit the bottom (monetarily speaking) and coming back up.

The Mystic may never drop any lower in price considering it's the last of the airheads and one of the most rideable.

So if you're looking at this from an investment viewpoint - looks like a toss up to me. Ride them both and see which one jerks your chain.
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Old 02-07-2011, 07:49 AM   #4
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I came across a Mystic rigged up with a Watsonian sidecar for all of two weeks. I never rode it, and ended up selling it for what I paid for it.

I'm pretty sure I'd keep a /5, IMHO.
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Old 02-07-2011, 07:51 AM   #5
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Here's my other thought on the Mystic: It's supposed to be an early BMW cruiser, so it has more relaxed head and seat angles than the standard BMW. I can't remember if the bike I looked at had forward controls or not, but the slack angles turn me off.
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Old 02-07-2011, 08:13 AM   #6
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Here's my other thought on the Mystic: It's supposed to be an early BMW cruiser, so it has more relaxed head and seat angles than the standard BMW. I can't remember if the bike I looked at had forward controls or not, but the slack angles turn me off.

I think maybe you're thinking of a different bike.
The Mystic was introduced in the last year of the R100R as a cafe-ish bike with low R90S bars short Cafe style seat with no room for passenger. Definitely not a cruiser. What do you mean by slack head angles?
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Old 02-08-2011, 03:22 AM   #7
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I'm not into the Mystic's appearance, but that's me. The /5 is definitely of an age where it's hit the bottom (monetarily speaking) and coming back up.

The Mystic may never drop any lower in price considering it's the last of the airheads and one of the most rideable.

So if you're looking at this from an investment viewpoint - looks like a toss up to me. Ride them both and see which one jerks your chain.
Both or either, actually.

The /5 is the beginning of the "modern" BMWs (changeover from the older oldschool /2-line) and the Mystic could be considered the acme of that line (before the journey to the oilie/hexie Darkside).

I like my /5 and will likely ride it til I get obsoleted, but wouldn't mind getting a Mystic for the aesthetics.
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Old 02-09-2011, 12:37 PM   #8
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TIntended use local around town and to sit and look at!
That intended use would make it /5 for me.
Just as I keep loving my R60/6 (now with dual Brembo disk for safety and 1000cc: 70hp instead of 40, great for overtaking.) While others came and went (R100GS, R90S, F650, R1100GS, Schek-R80G/S to name the BMW's) the /6 is the keeper and most lovely to ride.
The /6 basic looks and features can't be beaten for me. Why would a /5 be different? Maybe short wheel base or drum frontbrake? No worries there! Hell the original drum on my R60/6 was better then the single disk on the GS or the double ATE disks on the 90S, if only my wrist didn't get hurt and I lost some force in my hand, I would still run the drum just because it looks fine and works just as well.
Hey, you want it just for short runs and looking at it, there is no question in my world on that.
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Old 02-09-2011, 01:31 PM   #9
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for this dilema I'll go for the /5
I love the 4 speed gearbox, engine etc are bullet proof.
comfort is fantastic with long travel fork (not on the Mystic)
Breaks are not as good as mystic but you've to have well maintened breaks and to drive it as an old lady
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Old 02-09-2011, 04:36 PM   #10
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Cool2 Mystic Toast

The /5 is a more neutral handling bike and the Mystic feels a bit "nosier", more like a K bike.
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Old 02-09-2011, 05:03 PM   #11
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Just out of curiosity, a show of hands from ya'll who have owned a Mystic. I know Bikecat has one...anyone else here?
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Old 02-09-2011, 08:56 PM   #12
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I've got an R100R which is just about the same thing but a slight bit better looking. Rode it across the country from Oregon to Vermont for the Burlington rally and back - 7500 miles in three weeks. Low bars, no windscreen and enjoyed every minute of it, well, almost. All except getting lost on the freeway around Washington DC for five hours. Grrrrrrrr

I've also got an R75/5 that needs restoring and an R60/5 but haven't ridden it much. I sold an R60/5 to an X GF and worked on and rode that one.

So I've experienced both.
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