’81 BMW R65

| November 18, 2012 | 4 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.

  2. Jamie says:

    I own this exact color scheme R65 rs, circa 85.
    An unlicensed 15 year old kid hit me and my girl passenger on it and they vanished by the time the police and paramedics showed up. We couldn’t move on the ground.

    I’m permanently disabled and have never been able to get it fixed because the only dealer/repair in he state wanted 3 times the value of my bike to fix it. It was obvious he was corrupt and wanted it for himself. I had tons of work done before he was in charge, and never been treated like a stooge.

    So it sits in the garage. Runs perfect. Just needs dents taken out of the gas tank, a new back tire and a new front fender and signal light. That should not cost $5k in 1999.

    It sure is nice to see a photo of my bike in mint condition. And right here in Utah too. Wow!

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