A pretty realistic rule of thumb, which I think Allan Atherton first wrote and has been mentioned often, is that a /2 costs $5k to buy, $5k to refurbish mechanically and $5k to restore cosmetically. Sounds like a lot, but in fact, the first of the 5s may be getting out of date.
To get some idea of what you're jumping into, I'd recommend looking for the out of print book "How to Restore Your BMW Motorcycle, Twins 1950-1969" by Rolan Slabon (ISBN 0-87938-933-8), from Motorbooks Int'l. It's actually not much about restoring bikes, at least mechanically, but can give you a wealth of information about what you're looking at when you start perusing ads.
The other buyers guides, even one from the same author, are adequate since none of them are really restoration guides, far from complete and comprehensive, as pointed out by Mr Richman
I'll sell you my copy, gave 130 shipped for it
Yours for a benji and I'll honestly tell you, it's not worth half a benjamin
They're somewhere in Missouri and I actually had someone go to their door...they don't really deal that way, though. That's been a few years ago and there may have only been a few in his inventory.
Kurt in S.A.
'78 R100/7 '69 R69S '52 R25/2
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Roland Slabon 160 pages. Softcover.
I paid 12.99, shipped, for that book off ebay
I guess I lucked out on the L.J.K. Setright book, "Bahnstormer", too. My BMW dealer in LA had a copy in their display case for years, it seemed like, and eventually I just bought it so they'd put something else in its place.
My first motorcycle, in 1967, was an R60/2. I have loved them ever since, and own several now I use to recapture the feeling of my long-ago youth.
You will want to consult this site as well:
Especially the messages.
Also - http://tinyurl.com/2lk8vc
It's never too late to fall for a slash-2!
Now all you need to do is decide on a model, the R60/2 is superb although usually ridden by older men with tweed jackets and grey hair, you can tell the R60/2 as it has a carrier on the back for their packed lunch. Now if you wanted to be the Mayor of funky town, the Chairman of the style council and Joe Cool all at the same time you would choose the R51/3, it's the sweetest thing on two wheels. Although I saw my neighbour on the weekend on her balcony riding her exercise bike in a black bikini, now if that bikini had white pin stripes she may have pipped the R51/3 for the award.
What if you have both?
BTW, I don't fit either of your profiles so far.
And I'm not even close to that one!Although I saw my neighbour on the weekend on her balcony riding her exercise bike in a black bikini, now if that bikini had white pin stripes she may have pipped the R51/3 for the award.