Christian Fisher's 1973 BMW R75 /5

Reader Contribution by Richard Backus
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Christian Fisher with his 1973 BMW R75 /5.

Bike: 1973 BMW R75 /5
Owner: Christian Fisher, Topeka, Kan.
Occupation: General Manager, Salvage Yard
Age: 28
Other Ride: 2001 Harley-Davidson Road King

There are people who grew up riding old bikes, and there are people who wish they had. Chris Fisher is one of the latter. Childhood dreams were of 1950s Ford panel trucks, not bikes. But the urge to ride and enough money for a used sport bike aligned at age 16. “I found a 1991 Honda CBR600F2, and I rode it for about a year. It was fast, and I’m lucky I didn’t kill myself,” Chris says. Self-preservation led him toward something a bit slower, and a 1986 Harley-Davidson Softail Custom found its way into his garage for a couple years, until a business start-up required capital. The next few years were spent riding only occasionally, and while the interest in old bikes was there, a purchase never followed — until about a year ago, when a too-cheap-to-pass-up BMW entered the mix.

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