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Old 07-08-2008, 01:49 PM   #1
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Opinions on this '73 R75/5 for sale @ $3000

Hey guys - looking for some solid advice on a BMW that's for sale in my neck of the woods...

It's a '73 R75/5 SWB with a clean tank and 41K miles. Guy's asking $3000 for it, just as you see it. Been stored indoors for near 12 years, with a short ride or two every summer just to keep her nimble. Started up with only 3 kicks after having sat in the same place since October of last year.

I took her out for a few miles yesterday. Seems solid (but what old BMW isn't?) and she handled great. Shifts like a tractor, but purrs like a kitten and just eats up the road.

Thing is, I'd be putting my KLR on the auction block...which isn't a terrible thing, but isn't exactly ideal, either. I just don't get off road with her, and spend 100% of my time on the pavement. This airhead would take that in stride each and every day.

But anyways - back to the original question: you think it's worth it? Sure is a sweet bike. Ditch that fairing, slap on some Krausers and perhaps a more aggressive set of bars - and start killing bugs!

Just curious to know what you guys think on the matter...
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Old 07-08-2008, 01:50 PM   #2
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Old 07-08-2008, 01:51 PM   #3
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that seat obviously has to go, as well.
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Old 07-08-2008, 02:02 PM   #4
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Seat- ick. Probably new tires, too. Change all the oils (including forks). Grease steering bearings and drive splines.

I don't care for them, but the toasters seem to get a little more money than the bigger tanks. These bikes are getting "collectible". I'd say it's worth $3K.
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Old 07-08-2008, 02:21 PM   #5
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If it idles good and runs smooth, then the Bing carb diaphragms should be in good shape.

I'd try and get hold of the stock front turn signals for posterity sake.

Does the fairing have its own headlight or is the stock headlight used?

If all of the stock parts available, that adds to the value significantly.

Check out ibmwr.org and see what others are asking for their bikes of this vintage.
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Old 07-08-2008, 03:01 PM   #6
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that seat obviously has to go, as well.
And the crash bars. They look like crap. Last time I checked, the valve covers were still cheaper to replace than the crash bars.

$3k is probably in the ballpark these days.
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Old 07-08-2008, 04:00 PM   #7
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If it idles good and runs smooth, then the Bing carb diaphragms should be in good shape.

I'd try and get hold of the stock front turn signals for posterity sake.

Does the fairing have its own headlight or is the stock headlight used?

If all of the stock parts available, that adds to the value significantly.

Check out ibmwr.org and see what others are asking for their bikes of this vintage.
Runs quite smoothly, but would not idle well until she was warm. Front turn signals are missing, but posts are still in place. Original headlight/housing is all still there, but is behind that fairing. Other than that, most/all parts are stock, with the exception of the seat. The original seat is gone.

From looking around at ebay, ibmwr.org, etc., it seems that $3000 is right in the ballpark for these bikes. Some bring more, some less, but all in that range. It's the slash 5 that seems to be keeping it in that area. I have seen tons of slash 6's for less, and most are in better condition - but I have yet to run into anything anywhere near this price within a few hundred miles of home. By the time I pay $350 to go somewhere else and pick up a bike, I could have picked this one up AND started making the mods.
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Old 07-08-2008, 04:22 PM   #8
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Don't get rid of the seat so fast. The original was like a slippery board. The roll bars are an excellent place to put lights (I did).

Good advice for spline and fluid changes. I would add, check inside the brake housings for rusted parts, replace them.

Those wet sumps just keep rolling...

Good luck with it.

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Old 07-08-2008, 05:59 PM   #9
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The bike is easily worth that. I just sold a SWB pre-toaster tank with 85,000 miles for 4K cdn.
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Old 07-08-2008, 06:08 PM   #10
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Old 07-09-2008, 03:09 PM   #11
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As long as you can avoid the 3,000 dollars that could be spent cherrying it out you'll be fine.They do get pricey when you get detailed with em.
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Old 07-09-2008, 03:12 PM   #12
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I'd buy it, remove the fairing, crash bars, and such and sell them on E-Bay to finance stock parts. The bike is worth $3K, but it'll be worth even more once it's returned to stock or near-stock condition.
Plus, you'll have a blast riding the thing. What could be better?
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Old 07-09-2008, 04:05 PM   #13
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Now we're talking!

This is exactly what I'd hoped you guys would say...

I'm starting to feel great about the little bike!

What's better than bike shoppin'? Anything? ANYTHING? Riding - but that's about it.

Any other thoughts?
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Old 07-09-2008, 04:40 PM   #14
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I remember in the not too distant past when this bike would have struggled to sell for $1500.00. It's good to see that /5's have finally turned the corner!

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Old 07-09-2008, 04:50 PM   #15
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I'd buy it, remove the fairing, crash bars, and such and sell them on E-Bay to finance stock parts. The bike is worth $3K, but it'll be worth even more once it's returned to stock or near-stock condition.
Plus, you'll have a blast riding the thing. What could be better?

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