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I just saw this on craigslist.....

http://kansascity.craigslist.org/mcy/3294664276.html

Jerry

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I hope

You gotta hope they get that for it because it makes the amount we put into our bikes seem sane! I always show these to my wife so she will not flinch at the next order I send to Vech or Uli. Chuckle!
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Let me pick a nit..

Is that coffee can tail light correct for a '57?

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The carbs look pretty leaky

The carbs look pretty leaky for a fresh "restoration".

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It looks like the petcock is

It looks like the petcock is in the reserve position? Maybe he thinks that is off hence the leaky carb? The pinstripes seem a little thick. But good on him for keeping another one on the road!

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Petcock handle parallel to

Petcock handle parallel to the ground should be off. Roland's book states that after 1955, all twins were fitted with the large, round Hella coffee can. There were different size of reflectors - early was 44mm with the later ones being 53mm in diameter.

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Hmmm...

My brother has a '56 R50 with an Eber tail light. No reason to think it's not original. Am I wrong or is Slabon wrong (bite my tongue!)?

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Roland is Wrong....

schrader7032 wrote:

Petcock handle parallel to the ground should be off. Roland's book states that after 1955, all twins were fitted with the large, round Hella coffee can. There were different size of reflectors - early was 44mm with the later ones being 53mm in diameter.

Everything in Roland's book shouldn't be treated as the "word of god" so to speak. I know he is wrong on this. I have my Original March '56 R60 and it has an eber tail light. All of BMW's brochures, including the manual show the eber light. Heck, open a '56 parts book and it will only show the eber light.

From 55- EARLY 57ish it should have one cross wheels, square filter, dented headlight bucket, small headlight ears, No 13mm bolts, the round thumb screw on the top cover, short brake lever on the hub, and no brace on the front fender that are all correct.

Also, when did they change to the ball type clutch and brake levers? Wasn't that in the 60's? This one has the wrong levers too.

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I don't have the experience

I don't have the experience or stable of bikes to really know what's what...I rely on books like Roland's to help when I have some questions. It is my understanding that he spent much time in Germany with BMW gathering this information. Are there mistakes in the book...probably. Did BMW stick to their "plan"...not always. It's virtually a fact that parts didn't magically stop and start with specific years...they used parts as available until they ran out, so the line between yearly use can be quite fuzzy. I think that line got a bit clearer in the '70s and '80s when there were specific model years, unlike the /2 era. Even then, bikes on the cusp of a model year sometimes got the new parts or the old parts as the parts bins allowed.

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Nitpicking

Clearly this bike could be made to conform to its origional look and parts for about $2K (even the grips are wrong!) then it would be a nice $8K "restored" bike. Maybe less if the mechanical work matches the cosmetic look. When you ask $16K it should be perfectly correct. Personally I think adding BLING to these understated elegant bikes is a travesty no matter what some PO wanted. As I said before I hope it brings asking price. Someone will have upped the ante for us all and only one person will have paid too much. BTW if you are thinking of running 4.00X18 tires look at this bike to see how wrong they are.
Ralph

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