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Old 06-18-2011, 01:36 AM   #76
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Old 06-18-2011, 06:06 AM   #77
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Nice photo of a /5, but it's too clean to be period...
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Old 06-18-2011, 08:48 AM   #78
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Here is a link to some of my customers /5's
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Old 06-18-2011, 09:49 AM   #79
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Old 07-09-2011, 09:20 PM   #80
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Sean French for Northern BC at the BMW 49er Rally in the 80's



My /5 on the left and my good friend Bill Plam(Santa Cruz BMW) in Monterey after just finishing his /5. Circa 1988



Friend Ray's /5 on our trip to Alaska in 97. I loaned him my Hienrich tank and leg shields.



My /5 at the BMW 49er Rally in the late 80's

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Old 07-10-2011, 10:04 AM   #81
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My (recently sold) /5 in its' various forms over the 15 years of ownership :
















Dropped in a 900cc top end when she went to sidecar duty.














On its' way to the new owner as a solo ride again. After 50k some odd miles and hard duty it was a great machine.
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Old 07-10-2011, 11:09 AM   #82
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Old 07-10-2011, 03:52 PM   #83
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I had a 73 75/5 for over 20 years. I sold to it buy a GS 1150 which I just did not like, seemed too big for me. I missed the 75/5 so I bought this 71 a few years ago and have not had much time to ride it. I use to ride my 73 on gravel roads throughout the west in the 70s and early 80s. . DId hundreds of miles in Utah and Nevada exploring off roads to California from Colorado. The 73 /5 never failed as long as the country did not get too rough. Now I am considering a trip to C.A. on it and my friends say I am crazy and refuse to let me go on the trip unless I get a "modern"bike. So what do you think...go for a "modern" bike is probably the sane thing to do but I do like the simple nature and handling of the /5.

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Old 07-10-2011, 05:15 PM   #84
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I had a 73 75/5 for over 20 years. I sold to it buy a GS 1150 which I just did not like, seemed too big for me. I missed the 75/5 so I bought this 71 a few years ago and have not had much time to ride it. I use to ride my 73 on gravel roads throughout the west in the 70s and early 80s. . DId hundreds of miles in Utah and Nevada exploring off roads to California from Colorado. The 73 /5 never failed as long as the country did not get too rough. Now I am considering a trip to C.A. on it and my friends say I am crazy and refuse to let me go on the trip unless I get a "modern"bike. So what do you think...go for a "modern" bike is probably the sane thing to do but I do like the simple nature and handling of the /5.
In my jaded opinion the /5 is more reliable than many "modern" bikes given its' simplicity. Be prepared for the most common failures;...pack an extra set of points, a condensor, spark plugs, a couple of 32mm carb diaphragms, maybe a clutch cable, (a diode board and a rotor for extreme paranoia) and a decent tool set and you are covered for most everything. Of course this is if your bikes normal maintenance is up to snuff. I wouldn't be scared.......We've logged over 100k miles on /5's over the years and never were left stuck along side the road. Had some minor roadside repairs but nothing major. I've always told people that if they can work on a Toro Lawnmower they are qualified to own an Airhead BMW. PS: Load your photo again.....
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Old 07-11-2011, 09:29 AM   #85
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So what do you think...go for a "modern" bike is probably the sane thing to do but I do like the simple nature and handling of the /5.
I just wrapped up a 8,400 mile trip on a /5 earlier this summer, and while I did have some problems, we were able to fix everything. I think my experience was abnormal, but I did go through about 3.5 pairs of points (the first set doesn't count because they were Chinese shit), a condenser, a diode board, a rotor, and wound up putting a starter relay once I got back because the bike would occasionally try to start itself randomly whenever the ignition was on and the revs were low or the bike was off. Weird...

Luckily I had a spare diode board, and rotor. One buddy on an R100 also went through a rotor as well.

Mechanically however, the bike was solid as a rock. I did some preemptive maintenance to get it ready before the trip like rebuilding the forks (thanks elite-less) rear main seal, spline lube, new rear shocks. Never needed to do anything about the carbs though.

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Be prepared for the most common failures;...pack an extra set of points, a condensor, spark plugs, a couple of 32mm carb diaphragms, maybe a clutch cable, (a diode board and a rotor for extreme paranoia) and a decent tool set and you are covered for most everything.
I think depending on how "sorted" your bike is before a big trip you should consider the diode and rotor. Especially if your friends are against it. Then you can minimize the "I told you so speeches." Mine only had 18,000 miles on it at the start of the trip, but the bike had sat a long time which took its toll on the electrical system in my opinion. I'm not sure how long your trip is, but you may want to consider a few of the parts that failed us. In the future, I'll probably still pack the same extra parts.
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Old 07-11-2011, 05:07 PM   #86
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I just wrapped up a 8,400 mile trip on a /5 earlier this summer...
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Old 07-11-2011, 08:35 PM   #87
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Old 07-04-2012, 03:47 PM   #88
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It's been a while since anyone has posted to this thread. Anyone else out there with a /5



Maybe the mods can move this into Airheads.
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Old 07-04-2012, 11:09 PM   #89
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Awesome. /5s rule!
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Old 07-04-2012, 11:35 PM   #90
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I agree. /5's do rule.
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