BMW R90S Vintage Motorcycles

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1977 Harley Davidson

It’s that time of that I start searching working on and writing about projects’. Here in Southern winter is all about having to from shorts to long and maybe a long sleeve OK…I said that to make all of you that live in climates a bit jealous but the truth is, it get cold here for us motorcyclists and we may not have heated basements to bikes in, my journalistic hero Egan has the best, but we do have to up the garage at night to work on

It’s no secret that I the Harley Davidson XLCR, it is one of the few Harley’s that I really do after…note here…Santa (wife) are you The XLCR was not one of ‘The Motor shining moments, at the time, but it has quite a cult classic. models in beautiful condition are for upwards of five times original selling price.

Harley dealers were them at ‘fire sale’ two years after they making them. A little than 2000 of the CR models made and as I have said they went over a fart in church. It’s too bad to a number of the features that into XLCR ended up make the standard Sportster a better motorcycle.

Willie G. penned this bike the ground up. He went after the BMW and the Ducati SS. The XLCR was the quickest and of the Sportsters. THe CR was 5hp up on the basic Sporty, it was 500LB’s (which the BMW was not) and had a top over somewhere a bit north (which in itself was really not big a deal at that time). G. pulled some of the chassis straight off Harley’s own flat dominating XR750.

But, to the it was not a real Harley. Yes, were the AMF quality issues the bike but all told, the XLCR was a bike. Harley tried the market again decades with Buell but again the plug.

Harley knows market.

Back to winter I found an XLCR on ebay morning, that if you’re enough, will be a great project. It’s pretty it’s not a basket case it is rough. This is a bike is going to need a lot of love and grease.

The seller is very about what has and hasn’t done to/for the bike, parts he has, the condition of parts and what he wants to off the bike for his collection and what with it. Some of the stuff is some is questionable but all in all if you want a winter project, this is good choice. The bike is a so that in itself gives you a starting point.

With XLCR you have a really an easy choice to make…clean it all up leave it a little ratty), it back together and ride it. the full restoration route and a whole lot of money, that you never get back if you want to it, and it will be a really cool for a collection. And with a little it could end looking like one…

Click on the pics for a lot more info and more

1977 Harley Davidson

1978 Ducati Darmah

I been riding, fixing, and Vintage Motorcycles since they were ‘Vintage’. I the soul sounds old bikes I love the shakes that up through the seat, foot and handlebars that let you know the is alive. And so are you.

An old motorcycle may/ will . more attention on your but if your willing to put in that the payback is well worth it.

I sold off my last ‘really motorcycle, a 1976 BMW R90S. I have a small fleet of Honda 350′s, a Honda and parts that fit something or but unique classics…well, the barn is a bit empty.

One of the bikes I sold a back was my Ducati SD900 This was a bike I had lusted for more than 30 years. A Digest version of the story is I saw a new one, in 1981 on a dealership in New Mexico.

It was the most beautiful I had ever seen.

Fast to 1995…while picking up a suspension at a racing friends shop I a Darmah, a black and gold (the one I have dreamed for all those years) sitting off in a covered in dust and shop Two days later I was riding it The sound and the feel of that twin was better than any you can imagine. I rode that Darmah almost every It was featured in a Ducati Museum at Laguna Seca during the race.

The Darmah is a really sport touring type of the era.

I sold the Darmah garage space was getting (too many bikes…wait, you have too many bikes…can and I found another classic I wanted. Anyway, I really do my Ducati.

I found a beauty on today. This 1978 has only 15,000 miles and has well taken care of. The put on a 2 into 1 Conti exhaust and pod bike has to be breathing a lot better

This is a sweet bike. The of the SD900 is that it is comfortable, stable at speed and handles it is on rails. The Darmah is a wonderful, inspiring motorcycle.

For someone for a bike that you won’t see around every corner, Darmah would be a great Click on the pics below for pictures and more info.

Oh and one thing, if you buy this bike or any classic Ducati Bevel you’re going to need, parts…contact my friend Steve @ Steve is the best guy you find for classic Ducati his knowledge in invaluable.

1978 Darmah

1976 BMW R90S

the time has come to sell my I love this bike but I that somebody may love it a bit

I bought the bike a few years ago my son’s father in law. It had sitting for seventeen years some boxes of vintage a piece of old carpet and a couple of and I wanted it. We struck a deal and I it home.

A good tune up, new and off I went to see my friend Bill (who wrote the book on BMW’s and is a writer for Rider We rode our favorite road and at the end of the he gave the bike the ‘two up’ and I was happy. Since that my wife and I have traveled and the Southwest US on the BMW and it has never let us down. It is a motorcycle.

But, like most of us we always lust for something old, or just different what we have now. is where I am at now.

So, here’s the The bike is a 1976 R90S 36,572 miles on the clock. It has a R100RS fairing, makes for comfortable riding.

I put new shocks on it Bobs BMW on it about 10k miles ago and the fork springs. The carbs rebuilt and full tune up about 2K miles ago. All the have just been (engine oil and filter,trans,drive shaft and brake fluid).

New throttle and cables.

I put a ‘Brown’s’ sidestand on it the stock BMW sidestand is a nightmare. The has the full complete BMW tool kit more tools and ignition a spare throttle cable and a BMW tank cover. Factory BMW bags (Krauser) and the small rack in place of the simple handle, the chrome grab comes with it too.

I a set of fork boots that I install that go with the

What the bike needs is a new tire and the fairing needs a job, and the windscreen is cracked…that’s

It’s a great bike, perfectly and can be yours for $6000. models with twice the sell for more, this is a deal. I will deliver 100 miles of zip code 93015 for an $100.

If you want the bike I can help your shipper but all are up to you.

If you have any questions or like more pictures send me an e-mail

R90 has been a great friend and now it to be a great friend to someone

1975 BMW R90S

This is so easy to write about I have an R90S and absolutely it! And, my S model has a similar When I found mine it had buried underneath a mountain of full of vintage radio for about seventeen years.

I was to buy an old radio but I noticed some old being rolled out of the garage and a truck and a van. “What’s on?” I asked. “My wife me to start cleaning out the garage” Mr. Radio. I stood there jawed watching a Vincent Shadow roll into the of an old Ford Econoline, a Norton roll into a U-Haul and an old sidevalve K model Harley in the driveway waiting for its new owner.

Mr. proceeded to show me a couple motorcycles that had been for decades and one of them happened to be an that he had fitted an R100RS to, but no fuel tank. “Where’s the he pointed up into the rafters and sat a beautifully painted ‘Smoke tank. We worked out the price and the BMW home with me that I think the radio is still in his

The BMW R90s is the first AMA Superbike motorcycle. Granted, it is not the basic R90s but the regular R90s is an motorcycle. I believe that it is the that will do everything’.

I put thousands of miles on it across the US and it is my daily commuter (when I’m not my son’s Honda Hawk…which I from him when he wasn’t

I found this really ’75 model on ebay today, it has 19K miles on it, has been gone front to back…new tires,battery,shocks, This is a really great It is the beautiful ‘Daytona Orange’, I wish mine was.

The ebay price of the bike is right considering the low mileage. is definitely a ‘buy, fly, home’ bike.

Click on the below for more pics and info. Honestly, this is a bike to have and ride


1971 Norton

I remember the first time I saw a motorcycle up close and in person. A friend of my step dads over to pick him up and go for a ride…I had to go to The thing that struck me the was  watching the front wheel up and down and the rest of the bike was steady.

My first exposure to Isolastic engine mounting The other thing that out was the exhaust pulse, the Norton … motor puts out a distinctive feel and sound, different from the Triumph and BSA I was used to.

A couple of days I got the opportunity to ride Stanley’s Stanley had removed the stock megaphone mufflers in favor of the silencers because he liked the better…I liked the sound. But what struck me was the smoothness of the while sitting on it. The Isloastic mounting system really from the saddle I could see the front wheel bouncing but I didn’t feel a thing….almost.

It was a ride and I fell in love Norton motorcycles. I have Norton’s over the years but have never owned What is wrong with picture?

Today while ebay looking for ‘after gifts for myself’, I found an Norton with a history similar to my BMW R90S’.  This Norton had been buried in gentleman’s garage and was found by two actually looking for something My BMW’s story is somewhat the I was looking to buy an antique radio and with a motorcycle that had buried for almost two decades.

The history is well documented on the page and it is a great story, if you don’t buy the bike (which you it’s good read.

The ’71 featured is a great bike to a restoration project with. For it’s all there, all you need to do is put in a amount of elbow grease a few parts…all the rubber bits tyres), a battery and a proper job. The guys that it have kept in its ‘found’ and you get to do all the work…perfect!  This motorcycle has so potential in so many ways, it is a winter project.

Bring it to stock, turn it into the Racer I’ve  (I mean, always wanted, whatever you do it is a winter project and a bike will keep you smiling and on for years.

Click on the pics for more pictures and a really story.

’82 Yamaha XV920RJ

Years back, 1981 to be I was looking for a new motorcycle. I don’t why, but I was looking. I strolled my local Yamaha dealer, was decades before the ‘Motorcycle that we’re so used to and staring at me was this big 8″ headlight. It was the new XV920RH.

Good looking V-Twin hanging in the chassis,a nicely gas tank, comfy looking a kind of ugly rear though, and an enclosed chain drive. It was a beautiful red, European styling, and all I wanted to do was it. I didn’t care if it was a good or a piece of junk, I wanted it.

The hadn’t serviced it yet, he someone might be coming to buy it and he want to send it on a test unless he was sure I was going to buy it, ,yada, yada. UM, Ok.

Fast a couple of years and I meet a guy had bought one and he let me ride it. I was riding a Honda CB750F at the time and guy was thinking about a new bike for “hey let’s swap and go for a ride?!”. We took off on a day long that convinced me I still an XV920RH.

Now remember, this was not the Virago style, it was almost a factory cafe racer. it had its flaws but none of those flaws that I couldn’t with. The engine had good the right feel and, the sound.

The chassis was adequate at my Honda handled much the rear tire was a bit on the skinny both aesthetically and functionally, and the end of the bike was still ugly. I care. Sadly by that Yamaha had stopped selling the Style XV and was focusing on the Virago and the new I made that had one didn’t to sell it.

Now, fast about oh, I don’t know…thirty years…and, I find one for sale. Low great condition and better that, a really great Sadly, by time I was getting to go look at it and more than buy it, it was sold.

Sometimes things out the way they are supposed to because, not too after that I found my new two love, a 1976 BMW R90S, bike I had been secretly after for many years.

whole story brings us to the I found on ebay. a 1982 XV920RJ (the difference the H model and the J model? The year.) this XV is not the Euro style touring bike I thought I live without, but it’s a cool bike. It’s ‘bobbed’.

Now, some bob ( no, this doesn’t require a Hills plastic surgeon ) out not so good, but this Yamaha pretty good bobbed. It needs a few details, but it works. The has swapped out the stock tire for an 18″ in the front and a 16″ rear, stuck on a gas tank (looks good) and put a solo seat on it. It still what looks to me, the stock system on it painted black…for the look, it needs a different set of

Here’s the good thing this bike, it also with the original Euro body work (well, of it) as part of the deal. Sweet. is an interesting bike that if looking for something of a winter that doesn’t require amounts of time and $$$ or maybe you want to change your could be a good bike for

Click on the pics below for a bit much) more info. One thing..the Yamaha XV920 is a rock solid piece and the right pipes sounds

’82 Yamaha XV920

’77 Honda Wing

The first time I saw and a Gold Wing I was living in Las New Mexico working for the local The dealer, Las Cruces was a small and had only one Honda dealer, was a big coming out party for the new Honda and I was to write a story about it. was touting the bike as a tourer but at the time…maybe sporty?

They, weren’t really sure the ‘Wing’ would really

It was kind of lined up against the BMW and, at the same time, King Kong…The Mighty Z1. The Wing was BIG …somewhere around 100 bigger than the Z1 but, had pretty respectable performance in comparison tests. Comparing it to the BMW was a lot Give it a big smooth comfortable that could easily eat up of miles a day and have you wanting to going and be late for dinner.

was also looking at the Harley Electra Glide, the touring of choice at the time here in the

When I was at the Gold Wing the Honda rep started the bike balanced a quarter on its edge, on the to prove how smooth the engine We were all pretty impressed. not as much as watching David make the Statue of Liberty but nonetheless, impressed.

The bike was thanks to a boatload of engineering…and cooling, but still had a distinctive and feel. I didn’t care the quarter balancing act, I wanted to ride the bike…I was to do a job. Well that, and I love riding new motorcycles.

The rep was a little reluctant to turn me on his new bike, especially after he saw my out Kawasaki 750 sitting the parking but, after a bit of convincing him to him…) that I would his new toy carefully (he actually fell for we arranged a ride the next The clincher was when I promised to buy him

My first ride on the GL1000 was an eye opener. The bike had gobs of all over the place but was eerily and way too smooth for a guy used to British and a raucous two … triple. But I liked it. The roads around Las aren’t what you would over challenging or even but, we made the best of long enough that I had to the newspaper and make up some that would keep from sending out the search or worse…firing me.

For a 600 plus pound the new Gold Wing was surprisingly and fun to ride. The sales rep was a riding the own CB750 that had been a bit and still had a hard time up with me, not because I was a better ( I was…but thats beside the of) but the Gold Wing really well and was easy to push the roads of Southern New Mexico. We did get in time for dinner.

First Gold Wings are great in so many ways. The obvious is as a hauling around a sidecar is for a GL1000 and a few brave souls turned their big Honda Cafe’ Wings…my favorite. I this really nice on ebay and looks to be a great for someone looking for a classic that can almost anything.

This Gold Wing has 20,000 miles, barely in for this bike, the owner put in a new timing belts, water hoses, rebuilt the carbs…I imagine just because it has sat for a time. This is a great that can be the platform for so much…a … tourer or find a Windjammer on ebay and travel the country, get a cool sidecar my friends at Sidestrider and take the dog for a This is a good bike for a price.

There is only one I’m not sure I like about particular bike, the owner the cool aluminum spoked with later model mags, which isn’t a bad I just like the original better. Click on the pics for more info about nice Gold Wing.

’77 Gold Wing

’76 BMW R90/6

The of the vintage sport tourers. reliable, comfortable, plenty enough, sort of sporty excellent for its time, and quite looking, in a Teutonic sort of The R90 was the natural outgrowth of the legendary R75 and was a upgrade for BMW.

The Honda was faster and stopped better, to the front disc brake, the R75 and…Kawasaki had just upped the big time with the King of them all…the mighty Z1.

I a nice 1976 R90/6 on today, not too many miles and to be in good condition overall. I really like about motorcycle is the Hannigan Sport fairing. These fairings a very distinctive look and to them. My friend Bill author and journalist ( he wrote the book on these bikes and is a editor to Rider magazine ) has one on his R90 and loves it. I have ridden the and understand why.

This has the stock BMW saddle bags are very nice, but I do recommend you also add a safety strap to the as they are known to, at the worst pop open and leave your spread across the landscape. I do one big question about the bike it has a new front wheel, why? Was the crashed? did it hit a big pothole on the road? if was some damage, how are the forks?

maybe it got a new front wheel because the old one was corroded and looking a bit Anyway, that is the only I would ask, otherwise looks to be a great bike at a price that will anyone years and years. that Hannigan fairing is so The more I look at this I wonder if it might a better for me than my R90 with RS fairing?

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