In early 2012 we purchased this bike in from the original owner, a wonderful man Bob has known since he was in high school as he went there with his daughter. Paul purchased this machine new in 1964 and never purchased another bike. His owning this bike was actually one of the connections that led to Bob buying a BMW himself in 1975 and ending up in this business as Paul introduced him to many people in the local community (separate from the local organized club) who helped Bob develop the love he has for all things BMW. One of those guys was the only person to ever wrench on this bike until his passing about 16 years back and that’s when Bob and Bob’s started caring for it.
It has always been garaged and well cared for and ridden regularly but not too far since it is now 49 years old and has just over 40,000 miles. Paul mostly rode it locally and to some of the BMW Rallies in the region. The service history that Bob’s BMW can share is rather extensive as Paul took most all our recommendations for maintenance, service and assorted upgrades so that it ran well all the time. When it came time for head work, resealing this or that or replacing the exhaust it was all done. The exhaust is stainless steel in fact. Again, we can open up the file and show you most all that’s been done over the years.
Paul kept the cosmetics in exceptionally good shape and with the exception of the Craven top box all paint is to the best of Bob’s vast level of expertise original; there are maybe 2 or 3 small scratches to be found and they are not very noticeable. As you can see the tank and fenders shine brightly and those pin stripes have never been touched up. Yes, there are a few decals on the bags plus one travel badge attached to the front fender (2 screws) as was the style but overall with these very correct period touring accessories it fulfills the role of a classic BMW from the 1955 to 1069 era. If you look closely you’ll see a rare and very period Iron Cross extra tail lamp under the trunk. But perhaps the best part of having all these hard to find goodies is that the Wixom Ranger fairing, the 3 piece Craven luggage, BMW Police style cylinder guards and even the touring passenger grab rail can all easily be removed should one want a bare bones standard but beautiful example to ride around on from time to time or even more permanently.
About the only items that are not 100% correct in period appearance are the painted wheel hubcaps; these should be silver. Paul did these himself to make it his but Bob has set aside a set of used original silver painted ones and they will be installed for the new owner at no charge should that be their wish. The wheels were previously rebuilt and are still in beautiful shape. Controls all function well and about the only item we might suggest be addressed as the ignition switch which has some wear in it which is very normal but all parts are available and it’s not an expensive task.
Fluids, tires and battery were all addressed before selling it to the second owner in November of 2012 as well as a full rebuild of the carbs so that it ran very well, which it still does just a year later and it’s back in our hands to sell again as this owner was simply unable to keep it and keep his wife happy – yes, a sad state of affairs but one that can benefit you! It comes with the keys and books and Bob feel confident he can rustle up a Clymer or Hayne’s repair manual to throw in. This machine is very fairly priced, so call or stop by and check it out. We will consider trades of newer machines as well.Color:
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