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Old 08-20-2012, 06:53 AM   #1
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Talking 1973 r75 /5 Toaster LWB

Welp, I bought another BMW (I told myself I didn't need one and should go for more variety.)
I owe a certain inmate a beer on this one for posting the CL article a couple days back. Article had the bike for $1000 up in Ohio (I'm in Atlanta) and I figured, hey, with gas this bike is still only around $1300. I called the guy and he promised the bike to me eventually. Got the brothers truck and loaded up the girlfriend and some snacks.
20 hours later and I'm back home with the rescue!
First impressions were that she looked pretty rough. Rust on quite a few spots on the frame, the dreaded fairing, king and queen seat and quite the dirty dirty motor. For some reason, the paint was in increeedible condition and the headers looked almost new. I scratch my head and look down at the odometer, 19,800 miles. That can't be right, this bike looks more like 119,800 but with really nice body work.
I had my major suspicions so I pulled the rear wheel and notice some incredibly dry, incredibly new splines
That tells me the bike matches its odometer...pulling the top end will really tell me, but now the body pieces and headers being so new make sense.

Anyways, I don't have a fancy camera set up any more so cell phone pics will have to do for this project.
Since these pictures, I've pulled the fairing off and the carbs.
The plan, thus far, is to just get it running as cheaply as possible. That includes new fluids, carb rebuild, new tires, tank relining (POR15...that tank is nasty inside.) The normal maintenance and tuning: Valve lash, carb sync, points gap and timing.
She also came with a snazzy looking set of Samsonite luggage (not Krauser!) and rear rack. All of that will be for sale if any wants to claim dibs and send an offer.















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Old 08-20-2012, 06:59 AM   #2
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Awesome.

And I hate you.

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Old 08-20-2012, 07:04 AM   #3
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I'd love to get me a /5 toaster!

Ditch the fairing and the seat, and you're good to go.

What's that button by the headlight?
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Old 08-20-2012, 07:26 AM   #4
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I'd love to get me a /5 toaster!

Ditch the fairing and the seat, and you're good to go.

What's that button by the headlight?
Fairings already long gone. That button was for 2 MASSIVE freight train horns. I'm totally saving those. Maybe one on the r90, one on the r75. You can see them on the picture of it in the truck, up front and under the fairing.
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Old 08-20-2012, 01:09 PM   #5
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One looks great, the other clearly was left with gas in it...maybe even water. I'm letting the screws on the diaphragm cover soak for a bit, they were seized up pretty good.





This is all for sale. Message me with an offer or if you have any clue what they're worth. The luggage is missing what appears to be a pin on the top of the rack that secures the luggage in place.





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Old 08-20-2012, 02:13 PM   #6
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Have no idea what any of that is worth.

I do have that same (almost) rack for sale in the other flea market. No one seems interested. My rack is intact and has the makers decal. From the "Rack Factory" in Long Beach CA.
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Old 08-20-2012, 07:06 AM   #7
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Way to go Blaine!
Oooh a late 73 with long wheel base! Best of the best!
Right on.
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Old 11-19-2012, 05:41 PM   #8
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Way to go Blaine!
Oooh a late 73 with long wheel base! Best of the best!
Right on.
Huh, nice to hear. I have a late 73 LWB too, but I've heard people prefer the quicker handling of the SWB versions.
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:48 PM   #9
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Huh, nice to hear. I have a late 73 LWB too, but I've heard people prefer the quicker handling of the SWB versions.
You know, my brother has the SWB version of my bike and I actually get a little uneasy with it. The seat and euro bars have me feeling like I'm hovering or looming over the bike and for some reason it feels a bit squirrely in anything that's not a corner. Might just be because I'm so use to the r90 feeling like its almost on rails.

I'll find a putty knife and some too gone tomorrow!
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Old 11-22-2012, 08:03 PM   #10
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You know, my brother has the SWB version of my bike and I actually get a little uneasy with it. The seat and euro bars have me feeling like I'm hovering or looming over the bike and for some reason it feels a bit squirrely in anything that's not a corner. Might just be because I'm so use to the r90 feeling like its almost on rails.

I'll find a putty knife and some too gone tomorrow!
That's cause you have to talk sweet to her to get her to perform the way you want her to
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:52 AM   #11
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We'll assume you didn't do it in the dark.

Well done Blaine. Lookin' GOOD!
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Old 08-20-2012, 07:09 AM   #12
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It starts with an 'S', Swim, Swammy, Slippy, Slappy, Slimmen, Slommen, Sweeney, Swinson, Swan, Swanson? Oh yea, it's right here! Samsonite! I was way off! I knew it started with an S though!
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Old 08-20-2012, 04:19 PM   #13
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Ive got a 73 toaster LWB myself they are. Such pretty bikes. Congrats on the score. Mine is a 7.5 out of ten, maybe an eight. It runs like a top, but could use some more cleaning here and there. Your gonna love it.

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Old 08-20-2012, 07:57 PM   #14
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Old 08-21-2012, 07:25 AM   #15
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I recall someone on here posting about wiring looms being on the cheap for the /5 series. Anyone have a link? I know MaxBMW charges about $64, anything out there cheaper?
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