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Old 07-10-2012, 06:33 PM   #1
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Your Old BMW's Birth Certificate

I would like to know where my /5 was first sold. Does anyone know a way to do this?

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Old 07-10-2012, 06:43 PM   #2
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I don't know any details, but would it be possible to do a title search as is done with other items such as car, housing or property?

I'm 2nd owner of mine so I saw the original title, owner's name and location so mine almost surely came from Engle Motots in KC.
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Old 07-10-2012, 07:16 PM   #3
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Sure is a pretty looking bike Chris!

I was lucky to have all documentation left with the original owners manual. My r75/5 was purchased from BMW Motorcycle Center in San Jose, May 9, 1975 by a gentleman named Bruce.

During the first service, Bruce noted the bike was missing side cover, the front forks clunk, kick starter won't always work, the tappets are miss adjusted and second gear occasional grinds. Apparently, they never fixed anything....


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Old 07-10-2012, 07:44 PM   #4
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You used to be able to get a certificate from BMW Mobile Traditions for about $90. It listed importer and original dealer. I can;t find it listed now though.
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Old 07-10-2012, 07:52 PM   #5
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I got "birth certificates" for my plunger frame and /2 bikes through the BMW archivist. For the R68 they required photos of the frame number, engine numbe and case numbers as those bikes are commonly cloned due to their rarity and value. The certificate gave the date it left the factory and the importer or dealeship to whom it was sold. I don't know if they continued this practice as far as the later bikes
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Old 07-10-2012, 08:56 PM   #6
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My deler ran the VIN on my 81 and gave me date of production, shipping date, and the name and date of the dealer that sold it.
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Old 07-10-2012, 09:37 PM   #7
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My deler ran the VIN on my 81 and gave me date of production, shipping date, and the name and date of the dealer that sold it.
I'll try that tomorrow. Thanks
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Old 07-11-2012, 04:51 AM   #8
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I may be of assistance on this one.
See this thread
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Old 07-11-2012, 05:55 PM   #9
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I may be of assistance on this one.
See this thread
Great link - Thanks
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Old 07-11-2012, 06:54 PM   #10
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My deler ran the VIN on my 81 and gave me date of production, shipping date, and the name and date of the dealer that sold it.
Took it to a local dealership. Noticed one of the mechanics checking it out. Talked to him for a minute, he ran the vin gave me all the details and the 10 years of service history.
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Old 07-12-2012, 06:07 AM   #11
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I gave it a try too. Cool.

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Dear Mr *Airhead Wrangler*,

Thank you for your email.

The BMW R 80 ST US VIN 6207788 was manufactured on September 2nd, 1983 and delivered the same day to the importer BMW of North America in Ontario, California (USA). The original colour was Rot metallic (Red), paint code 541.

We hope this information is helpful for you.

Yours sincerely,

Christina Hartung
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WAY GmbH
Christina Hartung
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80807 München
Url.: http://www.way-services.com/
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Geschäftsführer Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Peter Schmidt
HRA 164739 Muenchen
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Old 07-12-2012, 08:24 AM   #12
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I gave it a try too. Cool.
That's great info but it does not tell me when and where the bike was first sold.
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Old 07-17-2012, 02:26 PM   #13
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Here's a link to the BMW Mobile Traditions site where you can order a 'birth certificate' for your bike.

I did that a few years ago with a BMW car.

http://www.bmw-classic.com/2/webmill...m=961515&relid[]=315&relid[]=235&dmodule=506,505&lin=ppostershop&dstart=0&foldergroup=postershop&t_postershop=3&dorder=sort_shop_articles+asc
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Old 07-17-2012, 04:28 PM   #14
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We all can't be as lucky as Mr. *Airhead Wrangler*

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Dear Mr Solo Lobo,

Thank you for your new email.

The BMW R 80 G/S US VIN 6362131 was manufactured in December 1980. Further details are not known, because the delivery records are not complete anymore.
We hope this information is helpful for you.

Yours sincerely,
Andreas Harz
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Dear Mr Solo Lobo,
Thank you for your email.

The production of the BMW R 80 G/S started in May 1980, the first R 80 G/S US models were built in October 1980. Only 169 of the latter were built in 1980.
We hope this is helpful for you.

Yours sincerely,
Andreas Harz
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