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Old 12-06-2009, 08:05 AM   #1
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Please help me identify an old BMW Boxer

I have searched with no luck. When you go to ADV's start page there is a slideshow. Trying to identify the bike in the two photos with the gal posing. The bike is in the background if you can take you eyes of the gal. It has a single seat and an open rear. Appears to be an old bike with some modern parts (resovoirs, Ohlins, etc.). I cannot download the photo or link.

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Old 12-06-2009, 08:58 AM   #2
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I can't remember what it is, but it was in a thread here in Old's Cool a while back.

You might try a PM to Bonebag since his screen name is on the pic. It appears he is still an active member on here.
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Old 12-06-2009, 09:08 AM   #3
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If it's this photo:



I can't imagine you'd have the fortitude to look past the beautiful subject, Brittany and look at that bike.

It's an Airhead - and probably is a /7 judging by the BMW plate on the engine. Tons of those kinda bikes out there. Look at airhead dirtbikes???? right here in Old's Cool. Enjoy your new addiction.


Another view:



EDIT: Maybe you don't know what a /7 is? I went to this site and found this info. If you really want a headache, read all about it.


The /7 BMW

It starts to get interesting in 77. While a few R60/7s came into the country, it was very few. The 750 cc was increased to 800 cc after only one year as a /7. BMW was now using other designations for models, even though they were of the /7 series. Even though the "S", "RS" and the "RT" didn't use the /7 designation, they were /7s after all.

R60/7

R75/7, 1977 only

R80/7, starting in 1978

R100/7, touring model, very basic

R100S, with the cafe, or bikini fairing

R100RS, (Renn Sport) with the small cockpit fairing

R100RT, with a larger fairing and upright seating position

In 1979 BMW came out with a newly designed 450cc/650 cc called the R45/R65 and a whole lot of designations that never again included a /. The R45 was not available in the USA. We often called them the "little twins". Even though none used the /7 designation, the big twins were really a /7. Is that confusing enough?
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Old 12-06-2009, 09:26 AM   #4
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If it's this photo:



I can't imagine you'd have the fortitude to look past the beautiful subject, Brittany and look at that bike.

It's an Airhead - and probably is a /7 judging by the BMW plate on the engine.

Another view:

That's it. Seen those photos for years and never noticed the bike. Now that I have I am intrigued with it. Thanks.
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Old 12-06-2009, 09:51 AM   #5
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That bike is a modified R65.
There are several giveaways, lets see how many of you guys can tell the obvious ones.
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Old 12-06-2009, 09:57 AM   #6
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Nixels
If it's this photo:



I can't imagine you'd have the fortitude to look past the beautiful subject, Brittany and look at that bike.

It's an Airhead - and probably is a /7 judging by the BMW plate on the engine. Tons of those kinda bikes out there. Look at airhead dirtbikes???? right here in Old's Cool. Enjoy your new addiction.


Another view:



EDIT: Maybe you don't know what a /7 is? I went to this site and found this info. If you really want a headache, read all about it.


The /7 BMW

It starts to get interesting in 77. While a few R60/7s came into the country, it was very few. The 750 cc was increased to 800 cc after only one year as a /7. BMW was now using other designations for models, even though they were of the /7 series. Even though the "S", "RS" and the "RT" didn't use the /7 designation, they were /7s after all.

R60/7

R75/7, 1977 only

R80/7, starting in 1978

R100/7, touring model, very basic

R100S, with the cafe, or bikini fairing

R100RS, (Renn Sport) with the small cockpit fairing

R100RT, with a larger fairing and upright seating position

In 1979 BMW came out with a newly designed 450cc/650 cc called the R45/R65 and a whole lot of designations that never again included a /. The R45 was not available in the USA. We often called them the "little twins". Even though none used the /7 designation, the big twins were really a /7. Is that confusing enough?
Cool. Read all about them and am utterly confused. Hadn't done the vintage think since I sold a 1969 mustang convertible about 5 years ago.

From what I am searching it looks like this bike is a complete custom job.
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Old 12-06-2009, 10:00 AM   #7
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I looked for clues when I saw the first post and looked up the pics. First thing I noticed was the R65 style tank with single petcock. The snowflake wheels I'm not familiar enough with. I think the triple clamp on the bottom looks like the front end is R65 but can't see the upper to see if it could be the R65LS clamp style. Likewise, can't see enough to tell if its its a monolever or dual lever swingarm.
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Old 12-06-2009, 10:03 AM   #8
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If it's this photo:



I can't imagine you'd have the fortitude to look past the beautiful subject, Brittany and look at that bike.

It's an Airhead - and probably is a /7 judging by the BMW plate on the engine. Tons of those kinda bikes out there. Look at airhead dirtbikes???? right here in Old's Cool. Enjoy your new addiction.


Another view:



EDIT: Maybe you don't know what a /7 is? I went to this site and found this info. If you really want a headache, read all about it.


The /7 BMW

It starts to get interesting in 77. While a few R60/7s came into the country, it was very few. The 750 cc was increased to 800 cc after only one year as a /7. BMW was now using other designations for models, even though they were of the /7 series. Even though the "S", "RS" and the "RT" didn't use the /7 designation, they were /7s after all.

R60/7

R75/7, 1977 only

R80/7, starting in 1978

R100/7, touring model, very basic

R100S, with the cafe, or bikini fairing

R100RS, (Renn Sport) with the small cockpit fairing

R100RT, with a larger fairing and upright seating position

In 1979 BMW came out with a newly designed 450cc/650 cc called the R45/R65 and a whole lot of designations that never again included a /. The R45 was not available in the USA. We often called them the "little twins". Even though none used the /7 designation, the big twins were really a /7. Is that confusing enough?
Cool. Read all about them and am utterly confused. Hadn't done the vintage thing since I sold a 1969 mustang convertible about 5 years ago.

From what I am searching it looks like this bike is a complete custom job.
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Old 12-06-2009, 11:50 AM   #9
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I think this bike was featured in cycle world magazine in the past year.
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Old 12-06-2009, 03:19 PM   #10
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I looked for clues when I saw the first post and looked up the pics. First thing I noticed was the R65 style tank with single petcock. The snowflake wheels I'm not familiar enough with. I think the triple clamp on the bottom looks like the front end is R65 but can't see the upper to see if it could be the R65LS clamp style. Likewise, can't see enough to tell if its its a monolever or dual lever swingarm.
The most obvious tie in is the round tank mastercylinder, only used on 79&80 model R65 bikes.
My opinion is that is what the bike is based on.
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I missed that - better eyes than mine. I thought it just looked like the square reservoir on my ST
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Old 12-06-2009, 05:24 PM   #12
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I missed that - better eyes than mine. I thought it just looked like the square reservoir on my ST
I keep hearing about vintage ST BMW bikes. What is the full model no.?
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Old 12-06-2009, 05:45 PM   #13
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The most obvious tie in is the round tank mastercylinder, only used on 79&80 model R65 bikes.
My opinion is that is what the bike is based on.
Yes. Looks like a '79 or '80 R65s with a modified rear frame. Attached is a photo of an unmodified '79. You can seel part of the rear frame was removed and then the shock mounts were reinforced. I would have hated to have been the first to test the modifed frame at speed.
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That bike is a modified R65.
There are several giveaways, lets see how many of you guys can tell the obvious ones.
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