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I have an opportunity to purchase a friend of mines 76 R90S. He is the original owner and the bike has 38000 miles on it. Mechanically the bike is in good condition and other than caliper rebuild, fluid change and tires it's good to go. Paint is original and is marginal. I have attached a few pictures for reference. Does anyone have a sense of what would be a fair price for the bike? Any advise would be appreciated.

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could use some feedback

Any input would be appreciated, Thanks.

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Prices on these seem to vary

Prices on these seem to vary quite a bit based on region of the country/world...I have seen recent examples on the West Coast (Seattle to San Diego) with asking prices from $4k to $10k for a runner with high mileage but original equipment, fair paint, etc. Not sure if that bracket of prices is helpful...

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thanks Chris. The seller and

thanks Chris. The seller and I talked about the asking price range and he is in the 5-8K range. I think we can find some middle ground on the bike. Bike has a lot going for it mechanically but as you can see from the pictures the paint is average at best. I believe I can restore the shine but any imperfections in the paint will remain. An option would be to repaint but I would like to preserve the original paint if possible. Not in the pictures are the original Krauser bags which are in decent shape.

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It looks like a very nice

It looks like a very nice original bike, and will likely machine polish and wax out quite well. The scratches on the tank wouldn't be enough to prompt me to repaint it; they're honest wear on a 41-year old bike. If you can get it for something in that price range, and you want a real-deal 90S, get it. If you're planning to use the Krauser bags, I'd budget for a new set of bag mounts with the legs that attach to the rear footpeg flanges; the bag mounts presently on it reportedly will tend to crack the rear sub-frame if the bags are robustly loaded.

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Thanks Khittner. I'm going

Thanks Khittner. I'm going to negotiate a price tonight. We've known each other for a long time and I know we can arrive at a price we can both live with. Called Holt BMW about maybe getting the striping redone. I think if I can bring the shine up and get it striped it would present very nice. I've know this bike since 1979 and have lusted over it for years.

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Not to be another stickler

Not to be another stickler out here for originality, and I know that they always look nicer in photos, but that is one very nice looking and appropriately aged motorcycle and I think I'd regret touching it cosmetically aside from a good buff, wax and polish. The paint on these bikes is, to borrow the adjective of another member, "finicky" and that's part of the history. Before I started scheduling work on a bike I hadn't yet purchased, I think I'd let her enjoy her new home a while, and perhaps a season of riding before I started fiddling with the cosmetics.

But hey, that's just me.

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thanks for all the comments

thanks for all the comments and suggestions. Slash2 makes an excellent point about cosmetic changes and I will take it slow. Warren

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IMHO that is an 8K bike all

IMHO that is an 8K bike all day long!

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R90s

I think the beauty of the show, American Pickers (amongst all the other trash reality shows), is that they've shown that patina on old machinery is desirable.
As others have pointed out, I too would clean it up and take a year getting to know it. You may decide to leave the cosmetics alone and focus on the mechanics.
One thing for sure, a good running R90s can still eat up the miles and perform way beyond most rider's abilities.

As a bonus, you can just grab a beer and go out in the garage and look at it as art. The bike has an amazing amount of history and a fiercely loyal following.

Peter Egan, one of my favorites had this to say.

http://www.cycleworld.com/2015/09/23/bmw-r90s-motorcycle-that-invented-s...

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Update, The owner and I have

Update,

The owner and I have agreed on a price we could both live with. Looks like I'll be heading to Chicago first weekend in May to trailer her back to Ohio. She'll look good sitting next to my R60/6

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brought her home today

So I made the trip to Chicago over the weekend and brought the bike back to Ohio. My buddy included in the deal his original BMW service manual, auxiliary catalogue and BMW shop rag which came with the bike when he purchased it.. Here are a few pictures.

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Congratulations. You have a

Congratulations. You have a true classic there.

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First day on the road

So four weeks after picking the bike up in Chicago I took her out for a check ride. All went well and couldn't be happier. Left the fork covers up to make sure the seals weren't weeping.

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Very, very nice---from 200

Very, very nice---from 200 miles and 3ft, (distance to Chicago and eyeballs to monitor) I see no need for a repaint anytime soon. Looks even better than at the PO's garage, with the wash/wax/buff, a fresh set of tires, and the 'roo-bars removed.

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Went over all the body work

Went over all the body work with some compound and then gave it two coats of Zaino. Worked on cleaning up the rear shocks today which are coming out nice.

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Very Nice! Congrats. You look

Very Nice! Congrats. You look appropriately pleased astride that classic beamer! Enjoy

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Nice bike

You got a great deal. I would pay $8k for that bike anytime. Like you said it looks great next to your R60 but it would look even better next to my R69!

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thanks

Thank you for your input. Just got through installing Alpha ignition and so far very happy with it. Going to replace the shock bushings next while giving them a good buff and then pull the fairing to swap out the windshield and do some housekeeping.

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new ikons

Just finished the install of the rear shocks. Went with the ikons, purchased from Bob's BMW. Old shocks had collapsed and were goners. Bike is all squared away now and ready to go many miles. Going to trailer down to Austin TX late October to see my son with this bike and the 1200RT. We're going to ride out to Big Bend National Park.

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Looks great! Big Bend in

Looks great! Big Bend in late October sounds like a nice adventure. Put a couple of substantial shakedown trips on it before heading out to "no country for old bikes".

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good advise

I'll be riding it quite a bit before heading to Big Bend. Can't believe what a nice ride this is. Also cool to compare to my R60/6 which of course is down almost thirty hp to this but still a great ride in its own respect.

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Big Bend is amazing. I rode

Big Bend is amazing. I rode my R90s there back in '83.

If you're into Astronomy, check out Mt. Davis, north or Marathon.

Some dark skies out there.

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There's also the Marfa

There's also the Marfa Lights. Last time I was out there, I pulled over on a deserted road. After my eyes adjusted, the view of the stars was awesome!

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RickR90s wrote:

Big Bend is amazing. I rode my R90s there back in '83.

If you're into Astronomy, check out Mt. Davis, north or Marathon.

Some dark skies out there.

Thanks for the tips.

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schrader7032 wrote:

There's also the Marfa Lights. Last time I was out there, I pulled over on a deserted road. After my eyes adjusted, the view of the stars was awesome!

We were out there last October and was stunned by the beautiful scenery. Went through Marfa on the way home, quirky town for sure.

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Big Bend trip

What a great trip! My son rode my R90S which left him with a big smile on his face. Bike performed flawlessly. Here are a few pictures. My son was hoping I'd forget to load the R90S onto the trailer for the trip back to Ohio. Not this time.

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