This 1971 BMW R75/5 is a custom café racer powered by a 745ccboxer twin paired with a 4-speed transmission and shaft drive. I acquired this bike 3 years ago and added about 800 miles. All numbers are matching.
The bike frame is unmodified, and the engine is strong and well maintained. All headlight gauge components work and the needles are original and unbroken. The Bosch headlight trim ring is in like new condition. The tank was finished in matte black. The frame shows wear, scratches, and blemishes and paint touch-ups are present throughout.
The custom café seat is made by Thor Strenger and designed to pair to a stock BMW tank. The rolled leather seat is handmade, signed, and numbered with a trademark penny in the resin of the fiberglass pan. A rear led taillight was installed on the trailing edge of the seat.
In September 2019 I replaced the original Bing carburetors (tired and leaking but working) with new twin 32mm Mikuni VM carbs, new cables, and braided fuel line from Rocky Point Cycle. Bill Blake custom jetted the Mikuni’s for this R75/5 taking into account the new free flow air filters. Valves were adjusted.
In August 2020, a new starter was installed (and Snowbum’s relay modification was completed). New peg rubbers and a new tank rubber was also fitted.
In October 2020, installed new tubes and tires, a Firestone4.00-19 front and Shenko 4.50-18 rear.
In January 2021, new AGM battery, points, plugs and wires were installed.
In April 2021 the exhaust tubes were wire wheeled andpainted with VTF header paint then wrapped with black header wrap before newmufflers were installed. They still need to be heat cycled to cure.
The bike has been passed along to each owner with all of its original parts which and they will be included in the sale: front and rear fenders, lights, seat, crash bar, working Bing carbs and choke control, air tubes, brackets, mounts, and starter (still working). You could restore it to a near museum piece if that’s what you want to do. Additional parts such as bar end mirrors, clamps, and cables will also be included.
Clean title in hand.
Pictures are part of the description, and should be closely examined prior to bidding.
The video shows the bike starting and running. If you would like additional pictures, I would be happy to provide them : https://youtu.be/zUWMWUcz17Q
As for history, the previous owner claims the 745ccair-cooled boxer engine was refreshed by him to stock specifications less than 6years ago. He stated that he replaced the rear main seal, oil pump cover seal, pushrod tube seals, cylinder base gaskets, a fuel tank cleaning, carburetor O-rings, floats, and float needles valves, points, timing, and all fluids. He claimed to sell because of too many projects, and I saw dozens of bikes and cars in various states of restoration at his shop when I picked up this disassembled bike.
I have ridden this bike for the past 3 years as I’ve worked on it, and generally use it for sunny pleasure rides of under one hour. The bike runs well and the transmission shifts as it should. Two kick cold start and one kick warm start. However, after a few years and hundreds of sunny miles,I just don’t enjoy this bike as much as my old /2, and I’m getting too old to ride a bike I don’t absolutely love.
Potential buyers: Please remember this is a used 50 year old bike. If you do not know anything about airheads, join the Vintage BMW Owners group online and do some research. They are tanks, and will last forever with proper care. The bike is not perfect by any means, but it is great mechanically and I never intended it to be a trailer queen. There are no signals (I still use hand signals by choice). As for flaws, the starter works intermittently (could be the button) despite the relay modification and the new starter – it doesn’t bother me, as I always kick to start anyway. The switch on the left handle bar is held together by an emergency repair twist of wire (there since my first test ride, screw popped out on a speed bump). The left cylinder jug has 2cooling fins broken on the leading edge. Left side swing arm pivot point needs a cap. The center stand functions well but does not have the nub sticking out to easily kick it down. The fork gaiters are beginning to show spider cracks and should be replaced soon.
$500 nonrefundable deposit due via PayPal in 24 hours after auction ends. Balance will be paid in cash, wire transfer, or cashiers check within 14 days. You will not receive the bike or title unless CLEAR FUNDS are in my hand – no exceptions. I will not do international transactions – get a US broker to handle the purchase. I will help with shipping but you need to arrange it. I don’t mind dropping the bike off at a shipping center around Orlando FL if its cheaper for you. I will not store the bike for you, it must be picked up or shipped within 2 weeks of purchase.
Good luck on this awesome bike.