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Old 12-05-2009, 06:14 AM   #1
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So who knows their way around an R65?

I am going to look at one tomorrow morning. I've searched through the normal websites (here, bmwr65.org, etc.) looking for what to check out. I was wondering if anyone had any additional advice. This will technically be my 2nd bike although my first bike still isn't running (carbs soaking as we speak).

I am looking for something that can be a 40 mile per day commuter. I've had many old and new BMW cars and love the boxer engines on their bikes. I am not a huge guy 5'10" so I think I would fit on it. This particular bike is a 79 model with 28k miles for what seems like too good of a price with new tires/brakes and is running/rideable. Thanks for any input!
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Old 12-05-2009, 06:38 AM   #2
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R65s do tend to sell cheaper than the rest of the line. Give us some details - what's the asking price?

79 was the first year and supposedly not the best example. I don't recall what it was, but changes were made and the 80 or 81 and newer were better. One of them I believe, was the flat top carbs, but that's easily changed.

Those R65s are pretty cool bikes and commuting 40 miles is nothing. Because of the short wheelbase and 18" front wheel they're great in traffic and around town, besides being much more fun in the tight twisties than it's bigger siblings.
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Old 12-05-2009, 06:54 AM   #3
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R65s do tend to sell cheaper than the rest of the line. Give us some details - what's the asking price?

79 was the first year and supposedly not the best example. I don't recall what it was, but changes were made and the 80 or 81 and newer were better. One of them I believe, was the flat top carbs, but that's easily changed.

Those R65s are pretty cool bikes and commuting 40 miles is nothing. Because of the short wheelbase and 18" front wheel they're great in traffic and around town, besides being much more fun in the tight twisties than it's bigger siblings.
I heard the same thing about improvements as time went on. Also some say they just got more complicated. Asking price is less than $2k.
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Old 12-05-2009, 07:07 AM   #4
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Don't know how they got more complicated... but in 86 it's a completely different bike - not the small nimble little beast it had been, but basically an R80/100 with 650 cylinders.

It seems like some important changes were made to the engine in 1980. I'd really check into that if I was interested in a 79. It's possible snowbum has something to say, but if not, I know the data is out there.

This time of year, it's possible to pick up an R65 for $1500 to $2K.

Post some pix and fill out your profile so we know where you're from!
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Old 12-05-2009, 08:27 AM   #5
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Have you ever read this?

http://www.nebcom.com/noemi/moto/r65faq.html

it's a bit older, but so are the bikes, and nothing has changed much...
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Old 12-05-2009, 08:33 AM   #6
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Also, on R65.org, there's a guy currently trying to sell an '82 R65LS.
Check the Trading Post section.

He's in Tacoma, WA, and keeps dropping the price, it's down to $1800 now.
That's a very good deal at that price, if nothing else you could ride it and if it wasn't your cup of tea, you should be able to sell it at a profit.
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Old 12-05-2009, 12:04 PM   #7
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Holy cow- that LS must have something wrong with it. That's WAY cheap.
Sold mine for $2500 with 86K on it and the guy had no problem shipping it to Oregon. Lucky bastard. That was one the best bikes I ever had.

(Like most BMW's, the stock suspension sucks, though)
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Old 12-05-2009, 01:19 PM   #8
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Jeff Brody put over 300,000 miles on an R65. Back in the day, when they were new, BMW had a 3 year unlimited mileage warranty. Jeff said "let's see".

And did. It was stolen a couple times (if memory serves) but recovered.

If you want a hoot, find some old BMW MOA magazines from the mid-80's and read on. He was without a doubt one of the best writers they ever had.

There's no way in holy hell they would publish his missives today.

Pity.
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Old 12-05-2009, 07:32 PM   #9
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Haven't been a member for a long time. Why wouldn't they publish his stuff now?
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Old 12-05-2009, 09:20 PM   #10
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Jeff Brody put over 300,000 miles on an R65. Back in the day, when they were new, BMW had a 3 year unlimited mileage warranty. Jeff said "let's see".
And did. It was stolen a couple times (if memory serves) but recovered.

If you want a hoot, find some old BMW MOA magazines from the mid-80's and read on. He was without a doubt one of the best writers they ever had.
There's no way in holy hell they would publish his missives today.
Pity.
and it was a beat to shit pile of crap when he was done, too.
Brody 'almost' singlehandedly killed the BMW extended warranty doing it.

anyway, the '79 does not have electronic ignition, it has the 'points in a can' one, looks like the newer version, but it does have points in there. Also, in the later models they introduced the Nickasil liners, bullet proof...or, brody proof.

I have some great pictures of him, i should scan them. Did you read his restaurant review newsletters? Great writing is right.

the clapped out aforementioned R65



the hot rod R65's are the monoshockers, '86-'87? they have the K75s forks, the monoshock rear end, hmmmmmmbaby.

the '79 will certainly be a great commuter for you, easily...and $2k isn't bad.

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the hot rod R65's are the monoshockers, '86-'87? they have the K75s forks, the monoshock rear end, hmmmmmmbaby.



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This is a common misconception.
The K75S front end was never used on a monolever bike unless a builder put one on hiMself. The K75S ( and all K75) front end was a SHOWA only after 8/91 commonly called the 92 model year.
The Paralever twin R100R AND Mystic on the other hand had the same Showa fork tubes and legs as the K75 bikes but had its own triple trees.
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The 79 and 80 models had cast iron cylinders, different compression ratio and different valves. They had a funny little flywheel and clutch arrangement which gave way in 81 to the standard clutch used on all the airheads. still basically the same bikes, but the 81-85 twin shocks are the better choice over the earlier bikes.
There is a guy here in the bay area who has had his R65 on Craigslist for 2 years now and it's been as low as $1300. at one point and now it's hovering around $1800.
He told me he was into it for $1300. I know it to be true, as my friends shop did a bunch of work on it when it was bought by this fellow for $850.00 3 years back.
Anyway I bet dollars to donuts he would let it go for $1400 or so.
He has it advertised the BAY AREA California Craigslist.
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Old 12-06-2009, 09:22 AM   #13
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This is a common misconception.
The K75S front end was never used on a monolever bike unless a builder put one on hinself. The K75S ( and all K75) front end was a SHOWA only after 8/91 commonly called the 92 model year.
The Paralever twin R100R on the other hand had the same Showa fork tubes and legs as the K75 bikes but had its own triple trees.
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good info, Robert
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Old 12-06-2009, 06:10 PM   #14
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Well I went and looked at it and it seems as good as advertised or better, especially for the price. After speaking with Pete for a bit it didn't really make sense for me to buy it (five cars and one bike already living in an apartment).

It is outside Providence, RI if anyone would like me to put you in contact with the seller send me a PM. He is asking $1750 for it and it could be ridden home.
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Old 12-07-2009, 02:10 AM   #15
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I bought my R65 new in 1980 - And i've still got it.

ALL bmw models changed in 1981 using nikasil barrels, flat airfilter, choke lever on the handlebars, different brake calipers and master cylinder, different seat and tail unit, different case on the final drive, lighter clutches, the R65 gained 5 bhp ( but hardly noticable against the earlier models) with bigger valves, lighter flywheel, electronic ignition. But the fuel consumption increased substantially and they weren't as smooth as the heavy flywheel models.

The pre 81 models have a habit of the front coil mounting bracket breaking away from the frame, this can make the rev counter and indicators act strangely.
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