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TheBlindSpot's picture
Joined: 05/15/2013
Posts: 2

Hello everyone,

I'm new to motorcycling, and bikes in general, however I have a long-standing love of everything Bavarian Smile I would really enjoy working on a Vintage or Antique BMW R Series as a project and I'm wondering if some of oyu seasoned veterans could point me in the right direction(s).

1. a) Is there a specific model, or range of models I should avoid as far as parts availability, complexity or difficulty etc?
Cool Or better yet, is there a specific model, year or range of either that is well suited for somewhat of a beginner?

2. Where are some good places to find older (un-restored) BMWs? Everything I seem to come across is already restored and in pristine condition?

Any other tips or pointers you can tell a young new enthusiast to the Vintage BMW world?

Thanks and nice to meet you all Smile


TheBlindSpot's picture
Joined: 05/15/2013
Posts: 2
Well thanks anyways, I'll try

Well thanks anyways, I'll try to find some assistance elsewhere.

Take care

schrader7032's picture
VBMWMO #7032
San Antonio, TX
Joined: 10/27/2006
Posts: 6670
Well, that's a pretty broad

Well, that's a pretty broad question, with lots of unknowns. What era are you considering? Post war/pre 1970, 1970-on...earlier than WWII??

Mechanically, they're pretty similar from say the mid 1950s out to 1995. Pushrod twins, overhead valves, ignitions vary from magneto, to points, to electronic ignition. Drum brakes to disk brakes. Bikes that have power in the 25-30 HP range up to the high 60s and 70HP. Parts are pretty much available for just about everything in this timeframe. As you might guess, BMW parts are going to be a little expensive, but you can get them. There are even some salvage yards as well.

As far as finding something, you'll need to troll the usual on-line sites like ebay and craigslist. IBMWR has a marketplace where people list bikes for sale...you could even post a "looking for" ad if you know specifically what you want.

As for prices, it's the age old question...do you want to spend $500 buying a basket case and then spend $5-8K getting it running and in good condition. That process takes years. Or do you want to buy a running bike already in good condition for $8-10K and be riding tomorrow? It's a tough call. If you're mechanically minded and have time, go the first route. If you're a newbie, maybe you need to consider the second route.


Kurt in S.A.
'78 R100/7 '69 R69S '52 R25/2

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