Be sure to check out our new "Project Bike" section. It contains our As-Is "Project bikes"; some running some, not.
Please note that we leave most of our older "SOLD" BMWs posted for a couple of years on our "Previously Sold" page, for those of you who may be interested to see the typical selection, quality, and prices of the BMWs that we've recently rehabilitated or restored and already resold.
5.01.22 In February '22 we acquired two 24' Penski Box trucks full of mostly Vintage & Classic BMWs. We purchased them from the estate of a gentleman who was a retired PHD and longtime Airhead BMW rider, who had retired and moved back to Florida to open an Independent Vintage bike shop specializing in mostly Airhead BMWs. After less than a year he developed serious health problems. After a period of hospitalization, followed by rehab, he had mostly recovered. He got back to work for several months, then suddenly passed.
It appears he was in various stages of beginning restoration on most of the Airheads. A great deal of the body work and varying amounts of other parts had been removed, boxed, and labeled with year & VIN. There was also a R100GS which was his daily rider. Most of the BMWs indicated very low to moderate miles. Some had varying degrees of faded or lightly damaged paint needing rubout and/or touch-up. All had a significant layer of dust, but very little rust or corrosion.
We made the deal with his wife, because we wanted to fix them all up, not part them out!
Two brightly painted R75/5s were completely intact and had obvious signs of more than a few years of being ridden in that form. Though still low mileage and BEAUTIFUL, they are unusual appearing in the eyes of an average Vintage BMW rider.
In April we Posted 11 "Airhead" BMWs, and a 1996 K1100RS to this website; photos and complete descriptions will be posted as we get the bikes cleaned up and better assessed. There is a 1970, a 1971, and a 1972 R75/5, a 1971 R60/5, a 1974 R60/6, 2-1974 R90/6, a 1975 R90/6, and 2 1976 R90/6.
Because we cannot find any Service Records on any of the BMWs, we have decided we need to perform a BMW Factory Recommended Major (10K Service) on every BMW so we are sure of their condition.
The 1991 BMW R100GS was the first on the lift, and it received the 10K Service, and new Metzeler tires. It was sold as soon as it came off the lift to be photographed and test ridden.
Next, we started on 2 of the brightly painted R75/5s, and soon discovered that they were going to need significantly more than just a 10K Service. Right now, with the green one, we are waiting on some back ordered parts, and for our machinist to finish resurfacing the clutch pressure ring, do a valve job, and a top end re-bore to 1st over. On the Yellow one, he’s finishing welding up and re-cutting the final drive splines, and re-riveting a new wheel spline on (“Driving Dog” in BMW speak). Then we’re going to re-lace the wheels with stainless spokes. We hope to have them finished before the end of May.
We started on a couple of the R90/6s and we're finding that most of the rest of the Airheads have a somewhat gummed up motor top end (sticky rings), and seriously stinky and gooey fuel tanks. Not a big problem for us, just more time on each one to get them up to our standards for resale.
Their stories will continue: as we work on them, we will leave notes & photos of our progress on each bike's Inventory "Details" page under the "Pre-Owned" tab.
OH, and be sure to check out our beautiful 1973 Norton Commando 850 listed at the bottom of the page! - 5.23.22 We took a deposit on it today, so it will be gone soon.