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11Budlite
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Hi all,

New member here and I'm looking at a 1965 R27 that is for sale local to me. This bike was stored in a shed for 20 years before being purchased 10 years ago by the present owner. He has kept it in his garage with his other motorcycles since then. Three years ago the owner took it to someone to have it serviced, carbs cleaned, some rubber parts replaced including the tires, and to make it safe for the road. He rode it a few times that summer but hasn't ridden it since. He has other bikes that are much newer and I get the impression that he would much rather be riding than working on or restoring a vintage bike.

I went to look at the bike the other day. It has just under 20k miles. It presently does not run. The oil and fluids all look clean. The red coating seems to be sound in the gas tank. It turned over easily and I did a compression test and it was between 120-125 psi. It looks like everything is there but the paint on the frame, tank, and fenders is rough with some surface rust but I didn't find any pitting. There is only one dent in the bodywork and it's on the very lower edge of the rear fender....looks like an easy fix. The chrome is rough on the handlebar, front fender brace, and some of the other misc trim. The wheels have rusty spokes that I would replace but the aluminum rims seem to be in very good shape and should just need to be cleaned up and polished. The tires were new 3 years ago but they are modern tires that don't look correct on this bike and I would end up replacing them. The rear brake rod is bent slightly but I rolled it down his driveway and the brakes seemed to work ok. He has a CT title that was issued in 1967 from the guy he bought it from. He doesn't remember if the guy he bought it from was the original owner but I would check into that. I've known the seller for 10 years or so and he's always been a standup guy with me. He saw one sell on ebay in similar condition for around 4k. He's looking to get $3500 for it. I've checked NADA and KBB and they listed the R27 in fair condition at $2935-3500, good condition $3950-5000. What do you guys think?

Sorry for the crappy photos.

Bruce

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R-27

Buy it now
Cheers,
Hugh

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Well, they dont make these

Well, they dont make these anymore. Talk him down as far as you can, then just buy it.

twocams

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Thanks Hugh and twocams,

Thanks Hugh and twocams,

I had pretty much made up my mind to buy it, but thought I'd do a little checking first. Really looking forward to learning more about these bikes and getting my hands dirty.

Thanks again,
Bruce

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Doesn't sound too bad a

Doesn't sound too bad a price.
On those tires... sometimes period correct "look good" but will not perform like a modern tire.

Good Luck with your hunt.

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Thanks stagewex, I ended up

Thanks stagewex,

I ended up picking it up over the weekend. I spent a little time cleaning it up and trying to come up with a plan on how to proceed. My first thoughts were to drop the pan and change the oil, drain the gas tank and put in some fresh gas, check/clean the points, and then see if I can get it running. Then I can assess the mechanicals to see how to proceed. Already have a long list of parts that will need to be replaced. I'm sure I'll have lots of questions when it comes to specific issues but in the mean time here's a few photos of the bike when I picked it up and at it's new home.

Bruce

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R27

Nice find
Its a real fun bike to drive
When I go up a big hill I lay down on the gas tank and put my legs on the rear foot pegs and let it go
It loves country driving on a dirt road

Tommy

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Good for you, congrats, very

Good for you, congrats, very cool. You got in cheap and if you can just get the mechanicals going and make it safe to ride you're going to have a ball.
Keep it the way it looks. I've been known to wax the rust on my r60/2. But she's clean and loved and gives it all back in the pleasure of riding her.
Thumpers rule.

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Tommy - Just moved to a new

Tommy - Just moved to a new house and there are plenty of country roads around but I haven't seen any dirt roads yet. Maybe with a little exploration I'll find one!

stagewex - My friend with an R69S wants me to keep it as is. He says it has great patina!

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good score

11Budlite wrote:

My friend with an R69S wants me to keep it as is. He says it has great patina!

He's right.

post pics over in this forum?
http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/lets-see-your-bmw-single-r24-r25-r...

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