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Hello, I am a first-time owner of a classic BMW bike, a 1981 R65 with only 2,200 miles. It was collected by the first owner and kept in a heated garage, and is basically "showroom" condition. This one will probably see short trips to local shows only, and my plan is to keep it as original and pristine as possible. I am new to BMW bikes, but not new to the classic car/bike world. I have books/manuals, but would welcome any advice from folks knowledgeable in this model as to proper care and maintenance, things to watch out for, common upgrades, and also best sources for parts. At this point, other than some carb cleaning/fettling, it needs nothing (ok, I should change the original tires!) but a little cosmetics. The roundels on the side cases and behind the seat have yellowed, and there is one small spot worn to the primer than needs touch up paint and finishing. Where is a good place to order these items? Thanks all and look forward to participating in this forum!

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Welcome! You might want to

Welcome! You might want to also change the German air in those tire!! What part of PA are you from? One of the best east coast supporters of the Airhead is Tom Cutter in Yardley, PA...his shop is the "rubberchickenracinggarage"...just google that. Other than that, don't forget your dealer if you have one close by. Establishing a decent relationship with them isn't such a bad thing.

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Thanks Kurt. I'll reach out

Thanks Kurt. I'll reach out to Tom. I am in the Lehigh Valley, north of Allentown. -Alex

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I'm also a fairly new owner

I'm also a fairly new owner for the second time around. I bought my latest R65LS last August and I was out riding it yesterday covering 90 miles in total.

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You can get replacement

You can get replacement roundels from your local BMW dealer. Most parts are still available from them as well.

If the previous owner hasn't done it, secure both of your battery covers to the frame. Even if they feel secure, they can still come off unnoticed and then you'll have to buy a new one and get it paint matched. Most people discreetly attach them with a zip tie around the frame.

While the R65 models were not very popular originally - the motor has a vibration "mode" at about 5,000 rpm, which is about 65 mph in 5th, that some found annoying. It has a smaller frame than all the bigger twins, and a number of parts are different. However, I am quite fond of them, an '81 was my first new motorcycle, and I now have an '81 that a friend gave me; it has over 180,000 miles on it.

The smaller frame was lighter and they had nimbler handling than the bigger BMWs. There are 3 distinct production eras: 1979-1980, 1980-1984 and 1985-1987. The first two had the smaller frame. The first era had ATE brakes, breaker point ignition and sunk-in iron liner cylinders. The second generation had Brembo brakes, electronic ignition and nikasil plated aluminum cylinders. The third generation continued the improvements of the second, but the drive train was placed in the same, monolever frame that the R80 models had, which was stiffer and had better suspension components, but was heavier. The Hans Muth-designed R65LS was produced in the second era for a couple years.

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New R65LS owner... brake squeal + pulse

I too recently bought a R65LS (purchased in Aug '15)! 16,000 miles with minimum visable wear. My only issue is that the front brakes have a small pulse and they squeal when coming to a stop. Some aggressive scrubbing relieves the audible issue for 10-15miles, but i'd love to know if this is a pad OR a rotor issue. From what I gather, the rotors (original) are stainless and than could be part of the problem. Does this sound like I should be ordering replacements in the near future?

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Best Channel to Sell Classic BMW Bikes?

I'm the owner of the 2,200 mile R65 - first post above - and all I manage to do given my time is take it out for a few mile ride once a month or so. A new sports car classic came into my life and I fear I just won't have the time to enjoy the R65. I bought it opportunistically as I always admired airheads as a kid and was enamored with the near showroom condition. Anyway, sadly, I am thinking the right thing to do is get it to someone that has the time to enjoy it.

Having never sold a classic BMW motorcycle, what is the best approach to take to sell it? I would hope to recover my investment, I am not a flipper. Appreciate the advice, thanks!

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People seem to suggest the

People seem to suggest the IBMWR marketplace as a place to sell bikes.

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I've had my (now 2,212 mile)

I've had my (now 2,212 mile) '81 R65 for sale on IBMWR with a OneDrive link to a large picture file and a video. I also recently put it on Craigslist (Allentown PA area). While a couple of nostalgic enthusiasts contacted me, there is no buying interest yet. Ads say I am open to offers, and have a listing price of $7500. I don't know what it is worth, or if the market for this particular model is very small, but to buy a high-mileage one and restore it to this level would have to cost at least as much and it will never be a 2,200 mile original. What are Airheads' recommendations? Try eBay? Lower the asking (and to what)? Wait 'till spring? Just keep it some more years Wink? Thanks.

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That is a beautifully kept

That is a beautifully kept bike! But I think you'll have a hard time finding a buyer at that price. The R65s, as I mentioned above, are not particularly popular, even if they are light and fun to ride. The older folks remember them as entry level bikes that were different than all the other models. Maybe you'll find someone who knows better! Good luck!

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The R65 had a limited U.S.

The R65 had a limited U.S. market appeal when it was new, and it's market demographic is even smaller now. Very few airhead fans will look at it and murmur "Oooo---that's a sweet R65!"----even if it is. Even with yours' low mileage and very nice condition, it's probably a $4500 bike for a private sale. Maybe $5K to the very rare serious fan, or a to newby for whom all BMW airheads are sort of gee-whiz exotic. A dealer might give you $2K for it. If you like it, just ride it, take care of it, and have fun with it.

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Thanks Darryl and Konrad for

Thanks Darryl and Konrad for educating me ... this was my first airhead ... I lowered it to $6k obo on IBMWR Marketplace, and have it on CL as well maybe looking for that "newby" that wants a classic airhead that's rideable and showable now and needs nothing. In my case, my son dabbles in classic bikes which got me into this one but I have too many 4-wheel toys and I feel I won't use it much.

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R65LS

Meerkat wrote:

I'm also a fairly new owner for the second time around. I bought my latest R65LS last August and I was out riding it yesterday covering 90 miles in total.

Since the post above things have moved on quite a lot. I've now covered more than 5,000 miles on the bike in the last 12 months. My longest trip was riding in a charity fund raising event in July from Lands End to John O'Groats, 2004 miles in total. The last 431 miles were covered in one day, not a bad performance for an 82 year young rider.
These BM's are not appreciated for what they are capable of, light and easily managed they will get you to wherever you want to go.

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