Tagged: Hans Muth

1975 BMW R90S

I can’t tell if this seller is someone who doesn’t love their motorcycle, or one who loves it too much to sell it. If I was the owner of this 1975 BMW R90S I would tell you a lot more about the bike in general, and mine specifically. This seller gives very little information on either count, with only four pictures.

 From the seller

1975 R90s completely rebuilt with less then 200 miles on it, paint done by the Wark Shop and is 100% correct…motorcycle is for sale locally…call Bill @ 312 415-2785 with any questions

$500 deposit at auction close, balance in 7 days.

Buyer responsible for vehicle pick-up or shipping.

If it were my bike I would tell you that the BMW R90S was offered first in 1973  until 1976 when it won the AMA Superbike title with Reg Pridmore. I would quote the 67hp at 7000rpm. The 9.5:1 CR fed by a pair of 38mm Dellorto PHM carburetors’ giving you a top speed of 124mph. I would tell you that this particular color is not Daytona Orange as BMW wanted you to call it, but Sunkist Orange. I would go into detail about how I came to own this bike, and what I had done during my ownership.

The seller of this 1975 R90S only gives a single sentence to describe the mechanical and cosmetic shape of the bike. But also warns us that they are also selling it locally. If I were shopping eBay for BMW R90S I would go check out this second offering. Not sure where it is at, but nice. Or even this R90S for sale. They are the best of the three in describing what they have to offer, and give lots of pictures which might hint that the orange is a little off. Good luck with any of the three. BB

1978 BMW Motorsport R100RS

There is a joke that BMW motorcyclist tell that they never knew that BMW made cars. But what is on offer here could be one of the few examples of were BMW  cars and motorcycles meet. The Motorsport Edition R100RS used the word Motorsport to link it to the company’s successful division that produces the M series of cars (think M3, M5). The question is though how much Motorsport is there in this 1978 BMW R100RS offered up on eBay.

From the seller

Very Rare 1978 BMW R100RS Motorsport Edition Motorcycle. The Bike that Started the Touring Craze. 1 of only 200 made over 3 years of production. Very Low Mileage – 11,860 actual miles. 1000 cc Air Head Motor Runs Great.Everything Works including the Clock. All Gauges, lights and turn indicators.Fox rear coil over shocks with gas over oil charging fitting.Factory Aluminum Wheels.Rear Rack and Saddle Bag Mounting Hardware. (No Bags) Complete Fairing and Windshield. Correct Corbin Dual Seat in Blue. Original Paint in the Motorsport Edition Colors.

Digging deep into the Internet I found that the 1978 Motorsport additions vin may start with  606 or 616. Since the listing does not give the vin# we cannot compare to this obscure statement from a archived forum some where deep in the Internet. Because all other indication is the Limited Edition Motorsport model was a paint scheme only, it is near impossible to tell without checking the vin.

More from the seller

White/Red with Blue and Red stripping. Almost new Metzler Tires front and rear. Very Nice Original Chrome. Exhaust is like new. Clear California Title in Hand. Current California DMV Certificate of Non Operation/Not Currently Registered Available for inspection in Anaheim,CA Buyer responsible for any and all shipping costs. Payment in full due within 7 days of the auctions close unless other arrangements are made with the seller. Payment must be in the form of a cashiers check drawn on any local major bank with branches in CA. Title will be mailed overnight to purchaser after check clears.

The Line for 1978 was not to shabby. First offered in 1977 the RS bumped the line up to 1000cc from the previous 900cc models. Sitting on top of the performance tree from BMW the  RS was good for 70hp at 7250rpm turning the drive shaft to a top speed of 121mph. This was helped along by the wind tunnel testing done in Bavaria, but also 40mm Bings. Dual disk up front would slow you down, and this RS Motorsport offered the lighter “Snowflake” wheels which replaced spokes.

This BMW Motorsports R100RS offered up on eBay gives the new buyer a limited edition paint scheme. What it also gives them is a great high speed touring bike. The racks are there for panniers, so if you are in the market for something to cruise the highways, the R100RS was designed to do that, and has proven its ability. Are you willing to spend a premium on a white bike, with multi colored stripes and a moniker which hopes to link itself to the equally popular M3 or M5 from BMW? BB

Rarest of the Factory Turbos: 1983 Suzuki XN-85 Turbo

For Sale: 1983 Suzuki XN-85 Turbo

In 1982 Honda won a technological battle by launching the CX500 Turbo. Bristling with cutting-edge componentry, the turbocharged v-twin launched a very intense, yet very short arms race. Targeting the role of sport-tourer, the CX500T was a large, heavy bike. It was also not an immediate success; Honda returned in 1983 with the CX650T – building on the technology base. But by ’83 Honda was no longer alone in the market. Kawasaki built the GPz750 Turbo in late 1983 to be introduced as an ’84 model – and this was the dragstrip king. Yamaha built the “me too” Seca Turbo, an underwhelming effort simply to claim Turbo stakes.

When Suzuki launched the XN85 in 1983, it was everything the earlier Turbo bikes were not: It was an unapologetic sportbike. With the Katana-like styling supplied by Hans Muth, a GP-inspired 16″ front wheel, anti-dive front fork, full floater rear suspension and low set clip ons, the XN85 attempted to deliver on the “liter bike power in a 750cc package” promise that turbocharging held in store.

So how did it do? Like all the Turbo bikes, it was gone in the blink of an eye. The public did not want to spend liter bike money for a 650 festooned with so many badges proclaiming it was a turbo – and the performance never really lived up the hype. Honda Turbos were gone by the end of ’83. Kawasaki offered them only in ’84-’85. Yamaha’s run lasted longer, but with few updates the Seca was always destined to be the dog of the bunch. As for Suzuki, the XN85 was a one-hit, one year wonder…making it the rarest of the factory Turbo bikes.

From the seller:
1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo. If you are looking for a collector bike this is it. There were only 1153 XN85’s produced and only 300 were imported into the U.S. That means this is a RARE motorcycle.

This bike is LIKE NEW. Paint, chrome, aluminum, plastics are all perfect. This bike can be your daily rider, but really should be in a museum or a collection of historic bikes. Runs and rides perfectly. No damage, no road rash, it has just been maintained and restored very well.

You will be proud to own this bike. It has been in my private motorcycle collection for almost 4 years now, but I am moving and it can’t go with me.

It is also for sale locally, and this auction is subject to termination if I sell it before the auction ends.

The “85” in the XN85 Turbo’s name stands for horsepower – at the crank. In the day, those numbers from an air cooled 650 were quite good. Today, the bike is not quite as fast as all the badging might suggest. Still, these were specifically noted for their excellent handling, and even by today’s standards the XN85 offers a stable, capable platform.

This bike looks to be in excellent condition. The black chrome exhaust looks to be very well preserved. These bikes are notorious for corrosion on the exterior cases as well as the fork – but not on this bike. The plastics all look good, as do the seat and the dash. The bike even looks to have decent rubber – which can be a bit of a challenge given the odd wheel sizes.

So what is the value of a super rare, one model year only vintage Suzuki? The answer might shock you. Had this been a rare bike from our Italian friends, you would be thinking that it could easily top $20k – $30k. Being a mass produced Japanese bike, however, that number could be an order of magnitude off. Owning a rare, collectable Suzuki Turbo – the rarest of the factory turbos – is far closer than you think.

This auction has not yet broken the $3,000 mark, with reserve still in place. These Turbos have not been known to eclipse the $5-7k range in any condition, and “average” bikes roll for $3-4k. This one could be fun to watch. For more information and pictures, click on the link and jump over to the auction. Good luck!


1983 BMW R65LS

For Sale: 1983 BMW R65LS

When BMW released the R65LS, it was really a remarkable styling excercise. Based on the staid (and slow) R65 series, the LS model added twin disc brakes up front, a sharp bikini fairing, model specific seat and tail section, painted snowflake wheels and model specific matte black exhaust. The rest of the bike was pure R65. Although no faster than the base model, the R65LS looked the part for a sport bike, and came with a substantially higher MSRP.

The bike was styled by Hans Muth, best known for his work with the fully faired BMW R100RS and the sharp-edged Suzuki Katana. There is a little of that Katana in the front fairing, but the look is still unique. BMW claimed that the fairing reduced front end lift by 30% – but journalists of the time wonderened aloud if front end lift was ever a problem for the little R65. Too much power was never an issue, although this boxer – like all the airhead boxers before it – did its best work on the open road.

With “sportier” (read: narrower) handlebars, the heavy R65LS takes a bit of effort to turn in. Chassis is what you would expect from BMW – reasonably comfortable but far from knife-edge handling. Suspension travel is adequate, but there can be a handful of shaft drive effect (the rear of the bike will rise under throttle and drop when the gas is chopped) if the rider is not careful. If you can put up with the odd way a BMW leans when you blip the throttle at a stoplight and you don’t mind the throbbing boxer twin on the highway, maybe this is the BMW for you.

From the seller:
1983 BMW R65LS

Engine runs great, bike rides great

New Odyssey battery ($115)

43029 miles

Tires in ok condition, some cracking but not bad

Marzocchi rear adjustable shocks

4 in tear in seat, covered with tape so it doesn’t get larger

Tool kit missing

Everything operational

The R65LS was a limited model run; in two years it would be gone. It was not the major seller that BMW had hoped, and thus it remains a unique and somewhat rare model. When properly serviced, an R65LS will make a suitable mount for in-town commuting through multi-day sport touring – as long as the “sport” part is not taken GSX-R seriously. The motors are very reliable and extremely robust – the mileage on this example is no cause for worry.

The side panels on a stock R65LS are not color coded, so these have been painted. Also, the new battery is a nice addition but I doubt it fits properly in the space provided. The R65LS takes a very specific battery size; use of a non-standard size will work, but precludes the use of the under-the-seat storage tray. Besides those nits and the obious seat tear, this bike appears to be in reasonable condition for its age. The upgraded rear shocks are a nice addition over the stock units.

For your chance to own this unique piece of (relatively recent) BMW history, click the link and jump over to the auction. For the price, it will be hard to find a better way into the world of BMW – and you can do it with a limited number, unique ride at that! Good luck to both the seller and the buyer!


1976 BMW R90s

For Sale: 1976 BMW R90S

Many consider the BMW R90s to be the first real superbike. Absolute terms like “first” are the tripping hazards of so many arguments – especially when you consider that by the mid-1970s there had already been decades of iconic motorcycles. Still, the BMW R90s was a milestone motorcycle – and not just for BMW.

So what is the big deal about the R90s? Why consider this a “superbike” that ranks alongside other highwater mark bikes across performance eras? Simply because British rider Reg Pridmore, mounted on a BMW R90s, won the first US AMA Superbike championship in 1976. That, my friends, is some serious racetrack credentials. It doesn’t hurt that the bike – penned under the eye of legendary designer Hans Muth (think BMW R100RS, BWM R65LS, Suzuki Katana and XN85 Turbo) – has the classic proportions of style and speed.

From the seller:
You are bidding on a 1976 BMW R90S that was fully restored in 2007. Currently there are 4,890 miles on the odometer since restoration. The original mileage is unknown. The bike has all new paint including frame powder coating and hand pin stripping (painted tank, fenders and fairing). Many new parts were used in this restoration including: wind screen, cylinders, pistons, valves and seats, transmission, seat, battery, tires, brake master cylinder, mufflers (one with a small dent) dyna electronic ignition and six pages of hardware and carburetor rebuild components. No expense was spared to make it right. Over $5,000 in parts alone were used. We are moving and going back to school out of state and need to liquidate some of our assets. As you can see by the mileage, this asset isn’t used very often.

This was the last year of R90S and this model has many improvements over the previous year models. The engine is designated 247/76. There were 1,260 1976 R90S units produced for the US. You can read more about this model in Ian Falloon’s book “BMW R90S” of the Motorcycle Collector Series. This is the BMW model that Reg Pridmore won the Daytona Superbike race in 1976. Thus the color name “Daytona Orange”. This bike is a piece of history for someone who values motorcycle history and BMW’s advanced engineering. The R90S is still a great riding motorcycle today. Need I say it runs like a new!

The R90s is powered by a 900cc opposed twin, known in BWM circles as an “airhead” (later generation BWM engines featured oil-cooled cylinder heads, and were thusly known as “oilheads”). There were three distinct generations of the R90s, starting with the original in 1973. By 1976 the party was all over – thus this beautiful orange model represents the last variant of this incredible bike.

If you can get over the orange cream popsicle color – which is one of the most striking colors available on the bike – this is one sharp looking R90s. There were less than 5,000 units of the final 1976 variant produced, so numbers are definitely in the collector’s favor. In addition, with 1976 being the year of Reg Pridmore’s historic championship win, the model year for this bike is significant.

The seller does a great job of outlining the bike, the overall features, and the condition. This auction is going on right now, and represents a great chance to own a classic BMW. For more information on this bike, click the link and jump over to the auction. Good Luck!


Cutting Edge Suzuki: 1983 GS1100 Katana

For Sale: 1983 Suzuki GS1100 Katana

When Suzuki first introduced the Katana in the US in 1981, both the press and the public were taken aback by the sheer audacity of the styling. Originally powered by a 1000cc mill, performance was more than enough to quiet the detractors. In following years, Suzuki bumped displacement to a full 1100cc, upgraded running gear, and made only minor changes to the appearance. This is a 1983 model, which offered the 1100cc motor and the silver\blue paint scheme.

That styling of the Katana was originally penned by Hans Muth, fresh from a stint at BMW. That tiny front fairing was tested and modified in the wind tunnel, and offers a surprising amount of protection for its size.

From the seller:
Museum quality example of last year limited production motorcycle. All original, 6700 easy miles. New tires, carbs serviced 8 months ago, stored with ethanol free gasoline and stabil, never laid down, never wrecked.

The going rate for a Katana is on the rise – and clean, original examples like this one are very hard to come by. The opening bid for this bike is $5,500 – and there is a reserve in place. We have seen these Katanas cross the block in tehe $6k range, but many are poor examples of the breed. This one looks to be in fine condition, has only 6,700 miles on it, and will only go up in value. and find out more information. Better yet, fire off a bid on the bike – there are not many like it left!