’81 BMW R65

| November 18, 2012 | 2 Comments

I was on the way to the gym and came across this beauty!!!

After hunting around through a couple strip mall shops I finally found the owner who was gracious enough to take a few minutes to chat and move the bike around for me to take photos.  This is a 1981 BMW R65, all original parts with 35k miles on it.  I’ve never seen one of these with a kick starter before ( left side over the foot peg ) and he explained that it  was kind of a pain in the ass to use as well.

He also turned me on to Beehive Beemers Motorcycle Club of Utah which I’ve never heard of before.  Sounds like a cool group to ride with when I get my  F 800 GS, one of these days.

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  1. Doug Morris says:

    In 1980 I bought an R-65 brand new. Prior to this I’d owned a Yamaha and a BSA but when I was stationed in West Berlin during the cold war, I got to ride my friends’ BMWs. I even took a ride on the autobahn from Braunschweig to Heidelberg on a new R-75 cruising at 90mph most of the way. My BSA couldn’t have held that speed for that long. When I got back to the states I sold the BSA and bought the BMW from Bill Robertson Honda in Hollywood – I commuted on it for about 100,000 miles. One day, a young cousin staying with me took the bike out for a crash, and totaled it racing a guy on a Honda. I sold it for parts, then 25 years later I became aware that “my bike” was a basket case rusting out in a storage yard somewhere in Southern California. A sad end to such a great machine… I still miss that bike.

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