1979 BMW R-Series 650
Red Deer, Alberta

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Bike only has 25,000 some-odd km's on it (about 16,000 miles). Original paint on tank, rear seat cowl and front fender. Original pin-striping on tank and cowl. Keihan 35R stainless steel mufflers Parabellum fairing, plus Airtech fairing. Round valve covers...YES! Here's a video of the bike: And another video. This shows not only how agile the R65's are (see how it runs circles around the Miata?) (the R65's had a shorter wheelbase than the other models, contributing to its agility). The video also shows the cruise control in action (just out of view, but you can barely see me apply it about 0:55, and then go off cruise at about 1:05): And a third video of it out on the highway: Burns no oil. Leaks no oil. Pulls great on the highway. See this page for inspections in recent years. I've added a EuroMotoElectric ignition system. Now it starts much more easily. It has an Odyssey Enersys battery, and hi-tech trickle charger. I also added Oxford heated grips. It has an upgraded side-stand. I've solved two of the problem endemic to this line of bike (google "airhead" and "fork noise", and then google "r65" and "vibration"). For the fork noise, see my work here (I'm "quixotic"). For the vibration, which only occurs around the 4,000 rpm area, I made some engine mounts that emulate the now-defunct Luftmeister "donuts" (as some call them). Made them out of a few sway-bar bushings, strategically sized washers, and some sections of aluminium tubing stock. Now the bike is vibration-free throughout the entire rpm range. Again, see my thread here. I installed them back in 2014, and they're still going strong. Best of all they're dirt cheap. The carbs were totally disassembled, cleaned and had gaskets renewed a few years ago. New floats, too...that have never seen a drop of ethanol since (ethanol gradually makes the floats sink). I have a home-made carb balancer (you're welcome to it, if you like). I also have a set of funky wooden (aircraft plywood) panniers shown in one of the photos. I currently use them for magazine racks, but they're yours if you so desire. The existing pannier racks are for my Givi hard cases, but -- PLEASE NOTE -- I'll be keeping the cases. Two fairings, two windshield heights (for one of the fairings), two seats, and two types of handlebars. If my math is correct, that makes 12 different combinations. I added the Corbin seat, since I liked the red piping and thought it would be really comfy on the highway. But I found out that unless you're a certain height, it's extraordinarily uncomfortable (I'm 5'6"). So I had to chop about 2" off of the front and carve out some of the memory foam under the leather. But it's all buttoned back up now with a rivet gun. Metzler Lasertech tires with 3/32" (0.1" or 2.4mm) of center tread on front and slightly more than 3/32" of center tread on the back. Front spline was greased at about 20,000 km's. It also looked fine when I initially opened 'er up. The extra parts (2nd fairing, 2nd seat, 2nd windshield, etc, etc) will travel in a big, plastic tote (36" x 18" x 21" and weighing about 45 pounds) secured with rope. All fragile items will be fully bubble-wrapped. I also have a home-made carb balancer shown in one of the above links. If you'd like it, let me know beforehand and I'll include it in the bin. I've got a lot more detailed photos and info on this page. If you're coming up for a test ride, you'll need to have the purchase price in hand, and a valid motorcycle license. I'll tag along in the Miata. (Sorry, but I had a bad experience once with someone who test-drove my Triumph Spitfire). Initial deposit will need to be made within 24 hours via paypal for at least 15% of the final price. I found some boiler-plate legalese somewhere else on this site. Please have a read-through before bidding. Thanks. The description of this motorcycle is written to the best of my knowledge. However, I am by no means an expert on vintage motorcycles. Please don’t hesitate to ask for more photos and, if possible, come and look in person before the auction ends. ALL SALES ARE FINAL! If you have any questions, please contact me before the auction ends. This motorcycle is being sold as is, where is with no warranty, expressed, written or implied. The seller shall not be responsible for the correct description, authenticity, genuineness, or defects herein, and makes no warranty in connection therewith. No allowance or set aside will be made on account of any incorrectness, imperfection, defect or damage. Any descriptions or representations are for identification purposes only and are not to be construed as a warranty of any type. It is the responsibility of the buyer to have thoroughly inspected the motorcycle and to have satisfied himself or herself as to the condition and value and to bid based upon that judgment solely. Once item is paid for in full then the buyer has satisfied him or her self, and seller holds no responsibility for the item. The seller shall and will make every reasonable effort to disclose any known defects associated with this motorcycle at the buyer's request PRIOR to the close of sale. Seller assumes no responsibility for any statements regardless of any oral or written statements about the motorcycle. Please remember that your bid constitutes a legally binding contract to purchase this item. If you require an inspection, have it done prior to bidding. I strongly encourage all bidders to inspect the motorcycle personally or enlist the services of a professional inspector prior to placing a bid. After the sale, inspections are not recognized as a contingency to completing your obligation to your winning bid. If there are any questions regarding the above terms, please e-mail prior to bidding. I don't have any recommendations on shipping companies, but I will endeavor to get a short video and/or some photos of the bike on the truck/van/trailer, etc, prior to transport, just in case something goes wrong, and you're left holding the bag.

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Red Deer » Alberta » T4R 2W7

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