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Old 05-23-2011, 07:58 AM   #1
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Eek Life with a 71 R50/5

I got the R50-6/5 (R50 with R60 jugs) and now I am at a bit of a loss as which way to turn with it.


1971 BMW R60/5 A by rudolf35, on Flickr

The bike is at a point where I can go stock and a nice rider. Or, go nuts and go after the cafe/rat bike route. Either way would be fun. Since this will be my 2011/12 winter project I am in no hurry just looking for some inspiration from fellow inmates.


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Yes the carbs leak, the mufflers are from a Sporty but the rest, besides a scraping noise when the driveshaft rotates, is fine. OK, the seat needs help to.

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Old 05-23-2011, 08:02 AM   #2
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Just me but I like it the way it is. It gives off a cool sophisticated look. All you are some nice leather saddlebags and you will have the hipster chicks all over you.

Have fun with it regardless. As they say in the /5 Blacksheep club: "It's your bike, do what you want."
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Old 05-23-2011, 08:02 AM   #3
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Man! Just noticed you are right down the road. It's been awhile for me but are you in the DFWBMW club?
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Old 05-23-2011, 08:12 AM   #4
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Laugh Retro look

No, not a member of any BMW club.

As to the reto look, that is a option I am kicking around. I found some nice original leather bags that would work great on it. With the "retro" look I would need the black side panels (have one in black), some EMO knock-off mufflers and a seat.
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Old 05-23-2011, 08:31 AM   #5
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change the bars to clubman or such and get bar end mirrors. Thats all I would do. Done with the K bike?
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Old 05-23-2011, 08:34 AM   #6
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I am at a bit of a loss as which way to turn with it.
Turn left at Alba-quirky!

Tough to tell from photos, but it looks good wearing "original patina"-toasters are growing on me.
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Old 05-23-2011, 08:46 AM   #7
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Very curious about how those H-mufflers sound.... I have heard that they work well, and to my eye actually look pretty decent!

'Course you might not have any "real" BMW mufflers to compare them to, but: are they reasonably quiet? ...do they bark when opened up? curious!



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Old 05-23-2011, 08:50 AM   #8
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I have low sport bars on mine, and bar end mirrors, and I love both. It also still looks stock to a non R60/5 Aficionado. I have stock pipes though, and it seems everywhere I stop people, even non motorcycle types ask me about the bike and love the way it looks.



I vote for not another cafe bike and since MOST of the stock stuff is there, try to find a set of cheap aftermarket ppipes that lok stock and go from there. I kinda like the two tone paint although that was never an option on this vintage BMW.
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Old 05-23-2011, 08:59 AM   #9
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My vote is for sport bars, bar-end mirrors, black sidecovers, some nice leather bags and maybe an other seat.
Please, do not turn this one into a cafe/rat bike.
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Old 05-23-2011, 10:39 AM   #10
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I like it the way it is, even the handlebar (which just needs to be tilted up a notch in my opinion.)
Start riding it and adjust to your needs, don't adjust to your looks. It's just to nice to start fooling around with it.
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Old 05-23-2011, 10:43 AM   #11
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My vote is for sport bars, bar-end mirrors, black sidecovers, some nice leather bags and maybe an other seat.
Please, do not turn this one into a cafe/rat bike.
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Old 05-23-2011, 10:51 AM   #12
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Fix what leaks, figure out the scraping noise, change the bars if they do not feel right to you and change the seat if it makes your ass unhappy. Then go on a trip with all the money you saved by not fixing what isn't broken.
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Old 05-23-2011, 11:13 AM   #13
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Thumb Some good ideas

CurlyMike - Yes the K is finished has almost 3k added to the clock and is ready for her first road trip (Little Rock on business). Take a look at the build thread:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=663660

As to the R50-60/5, the bars are as far forward as the can practically go without getting lower again. Chances are that I will either mount some semi-straight bars on it or I will go the clubman route.

The pipes, although the look rather nice, will be replace with EMGO knock-offs - as to the sound, they sound rather nice; not loud and no bark. Unless I go the cafe way then I will try to find some two into one pipes.

The carbs, well they do mark their territory. Not bad, but they do mark. Had them open and their time has come for a rebuild. The cables are way past their prime.

I went back and re-read some of the ideas and the low bar, bar ends, new pipes and seat (it is to soft and moves) does seem the way to go. The bike is almost all there so what the heck - keep it as a moded stocker and have fun. The drive line will need a good going over but that is not rocket science (have the skirt lifted on my R1150GS for a spline lube as I write this)

Keep the ideas coming, I love it!

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Old 05-23-2011, 02:31 PM   #14
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I have the same set up R50-60/5 just absolutely love it the way it is
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Old 05-23-2011, 02:45 PM   #15
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I have the same set up R50-60/5 just absolutely love it the way it is
What bars are that? Looking at your seat I know that mine will be replaced! The one thing I almost did not mention was the suspension. Mine is just worn out. The upgrade will be easy - YSS shocks and Works springs in the front; worked very well for my K75S.

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