BMW R75/5 — Josh Withers

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BMW R75/5 – Josh Withers

If like me, and many other bike riders out there, had to face the rather daunting of getting that dream out of your head and into the hands of your chosen There’s probably as many to do this as there are custom on the road. Photoshop, sketches, – why, I bet there’s a guy somewhere described his ideal two-wheeled using his deft mime

But if you’re taking sheer efficiency as a means of judging the brief, then Shane ‘make it match my ’65 Porsche’ takes the cake. And that’s the brief that Sothern Josh Withers received he decided to take on the classic BMW of a lifetime.

Here’s Josh. “I was coming off the high of my second off, down to the crank’ restoration when I got a random from a guy in North Dakota. We got to and he quickly revealed his interest in me do a custom motorcycle for him just my latest build. Due to the internet and a few articles, my bright blue R60/5 toaster cafe was attracting attention from all the world, and now from this guy

In this first conversation Shane, I prefaced that I was not a mechanic and I work out of the garage of my Southern California home. He was of that, put his faith in me, and thus our and friendship began.”

“Before I it, I had not one but two

R75/5 motorcycles in my garage.”

a month of starting, we found a of a 1972 R75/5 for $600. It was in bad shape. Broken rod, was a mess with extra and switches drilled in the headlight and other parts were broken or downright bastardized.

As I met the seller in the California desert, the bike out of his pickup truck, to take it apart to load it my station wagon, a stranger up and asked if I would be interested in R75. Considering I already had one into my car, I laughed him off at but then we got to talking. I soon that he lived nearby and had a full of motorcycles.

His R75/5 was a bike but hadn’t run in twenty had no title, yet he was asking $400. I had to it out and before I knew it, I had not one but two 1972 motorcycles in my garage.”

“Shane’s one was that the bike matched his restored silver 1965 Given that this was for somebody else, I couldn’t cut the corners I did for my own personal restoration. means completely rebuilding the rebuilding and upgrading to a 5 speed new U joints, rebuilt final wheel bearings, front steering bearings, speedometer… I you get the idea.”

“We found a good selection of in the past few years since my restoration and settled with who even made a custom front fender for us. After good reviews from the piston and cylinder upgrade we decided to buy a set instead of spending money on a BMW set of R75 pistons. The Siebenrock kit onto the same rods and the same heads as the stock Supposedly it offers a 20% upgrade in A lightened flywheel was a must.

ignition from Dyna was Rear shocks from And what would be a classy bike without some shoulder Akront rims on powder coated white Lets hope they clean!”

“A battery has been tucked the seat. The tail light from an old British 6V turn I found drag bars matched my clubman handle on my blue café.

Of course, I had to get custom gray and silver brake and clutch cables I also had custom swing-arm made to match his Porsche, and the on the toaster panels were white to match our sidecovers.”

“We a reproduction set of exhausts

from a R12 BMW.”

“To customize the bike further, we found a reproduction set of from a 1937 R12 BMW. I had to them to fit the header pipes and sent everything off to Jet Hot to get coated so the would forever stay They sound beefy

“Two years and four after that first call, I was happy to let Shane that his bike was complete. enjoyed every minute of the zen in my garage designing another BMW. I had a lot of help along the way and to learn the nuances of these old Above all, through process, Shane and I have countless phone calls, and text messages.”

“We have became good and have shared the joys and of two separate lives from different parts of the country. and I will meet face to for the first time in a few weeks. It be a bittersweet encounter for it also that I will have to say to my two year labor of love and it to North Dakota. In order to that anticipated wound, already started planning out my build.”

For those keen to get the nitty gritty details of the head on over to Shane’s page  or maybe even out Josh’s blog to get the lowdown on how you’d go about replacing the seal on a R75′s gas cap. in case you were wondering.

[Photography by Josh Withers and Vu]

Update: If you want to see what the looks like, here it is…


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