1975 BMW R90S for Sale
BMW bikes traditionally combine quality engineering, innovation, and real-world performance. While not as sexy as machines from Italy or Great Britain and not as refined as bikes from Japan, they offer a sort of quirky, mature Germanic style that generally ages well and has always had a cult following.
BMW’s flat-twin R-series bikes have been around for what seems like forever, so they’ve made quite a few examples. The machines evolved slowly, adding disc brakes and improved performance, so if you’re okay with one of the less desirable models, you can pick one up for relatively cheap. And if you’re not into synching your carbs while idling at a stoplight, or trying to translate Italian websites while looking for random parts, BMW’s offer quirky design, quality construction, and very usable performance.
But while the relative abundance of the various BMW flat twins is keeping prices relatively low, one model is rapidly gaining in value: the R90S.
Introduced in 1974, the R90S was released in 1974 and was designed as a range-topping model. It featured iconic BMW features, including a bigger version of the highly developed “air-head” flat-twin engine, durable, shaft drive, and a sporty fairing. All of this combined to create a bike for well-heeled, real-world riders. Although it was no slouch on track either: it placed first and second at the very first AMA Superbike races held in the US.
From the original eBay listing: 1975 BMW R90S for Sale
The bike is a Southern California bike purchased at Johnny’s motorcycle Co. (established in 1956 and a BMW dealer) in Bakersfield, CA. on July 26, 1975 and has had one owner, Bob M. Crooke who bought in new on July 26, 1975. An interesting note: Johnny Kokinos, (owner of the Bakersfield dealership) reputedly built one of the first successful BMW R90S AMA race bikes campaigned on the national circuit.
This R90S was stored the last 10 years or so with little activity after the owner died, but it was still run regularly and kept in a heated, garage by his surviving daughter. The bike has a current CA title and original blue California issued license plate (in nice condition, with all the year stickers stacked up on it). The bike currently is on “non operational” status with the CA DMV.
This bike has (cloisonne’) tank and cowl badges; complete factory tool roll, air pump (with cap), Riders manual, factory three key set and rare original BMW hand towel. The actual total accumulated mileage on this bike is 12,295 (US miles) as of this date.
The tank & seat cowl have original installed (cloisonné) enameled, BMW adhesive type badges. The fairing has the two controversial holes on the underside (typical of the 1974 and many 1975 models that were fitted with early tooled components).
The motorcycle has survived with all the original components and paint in excellent condition. There is no active corrosion on the bike. This bike never had any modifications or changes to the electrical system. It was never wrecked or tipped over to the best of my knowledge. After the following service work listed below, was completed, this bike now looks like a three or four old R90S that has been ridden, well looked after with owner pride and serviced as recommended by BMW.
This particular example has low miles for a bike this capable of covering distance and looks to be in excellent shape. From the description, everything is working correctly and the bike is in original condition: note his mention of the pinstriper’s initials on the underside of the tank. The listing describes fastidious care and the seller appears to be very knowledgeable, which is always confidence-inspiring when you’re spending your money on a bike sight-unseen.