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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 02-07-2011, 09:10 AM   #7
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sit and look at choice would have to be /5
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Old 02-07-2011, 09:14 AM   #8
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VS



Going purely on aesthetics, I'd say we have a winner. Also, come on, it's the wunderbike!
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Old 02-07-2011, 10:30 AM   #9
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Buy both, you'll sleep better at night knowing you got the right bike.
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Old 02-07-2011, 12:42 PM   #10
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I've had both and sold both. I still have a Mystic "in the family" as my old man bought one after liking mine so much.

My thoughts after lots of seat/wrench time on both:

Mystic performs, handles, stops and does everything better than a /5.
It is not a good two up bike and leaves something to be desired in the comfort department for extended runs.

A later model such as this is USUALLY NOT in need of a long upgrades list after purchace. Watch out for missing tranny circlip and factory installed rear shock.



/5 is a MUCH better touring bike and generally more comfortable to ride. Drum brakes are an obvious short fall and depending on the bike you get there may be a longer list of repairs/upgrades that need to be done.


I traded my /5 for a 92 GSPD after 18 wonderful years of riding. Hated to see it go but my needs for a bike changed now that I'm in a very rural area.

Can't go wrong with either...If I were forced to choose again today I'd go with the Mystic with two changes, install some higher reach handle bars and a R100R subframe to accept a larger rear seat.

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Old 02-07-2011, 04:27 PM   #11
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Haven't ridden a 75, but it is sure pretty. I reckon that the Mystic is more functional with tubeless wheels and twin discs up front. The tank is bigger too?

Am I right to say that the Mystic is more stable because of a wider rear tyre too?
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Old 02-07-2011, 04:41 PM   #12
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My old man owned a Mystic. We both own older airheads. We both slap each other when we think that we sold it.... It really was a good thing. What other bikes do you have? My mate says you should always have a bike and a problem. That is, have one good reliable bike you can jump on at any time (i.e. the mystic) and one labour of love (i.e. the toaster).
Hope that helps.
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Old 02-07-2011, 04:44 PM   #13
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Arr!! I see you already have new bikes. Toaster it is then.
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Old 02-07-2011, 06:34 PM   #14
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i understand your delema
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Old 02-07-2011, 07:47 PM   #15
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Hey Redbud. When did ya get the solo seat for the /5 .... I mean dualsport?

Nice pics!
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