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TAG : BMW

BMW /5 Charging System Upgrade

 As good as BMW’s classic /5 series is, there’s always room for improvement. One thing old /5s — and just about every airhead from 1970-1994 — can really benefit from is a charging system upgrade. While the stock system basically works fine, it can come up short in voltage delivery, ...

BMW Group Classic

George Meier's 1949 Isle of Man-winning RS 225 Kompressor fronts Michael Dunlop's 2014 TT-winning S1000RR at BMW's Group Classic Museum.Photo courtesy of BMWBMW Motorrad has become the first mainstream manufacturer to establish a separate division targeted at owners of its classic models with ...

The Accidental Buyer of a 1973 BMW R75/5

I recently bought another bike, a sweet, unmolested, high-mileage and somewhat dog-eared 1973 BMW R75/5, and it occurred to me that unlike many people, I’ve rarely bought a motorcycle with a predicated plan of action or even a notion of exactly what I wanted to buy. Regular readers — read, ...

Peter Brunner’s 1953 BMW R25/3

Rider: Peter Brunner, Ashland, Oregon Age: Pushing 74, riding since 1964 Occupation: Retired Rides: 1953 BMW R25/3, 1971 BMW R75/5, 2005 BMW R1200GS  Peter Brunner's BMW heaven: An R25/3, R75/5 and an R1200GS. Photo by Peter BrunnerPeter’s story: “In 2013 I was looking for a winter ...

Kara Lackie’s 1978 BMW R100/7

Kara Lackie's 1978 BMW R100/7. Photo courtesy Cory Blundon.This is my girlfriends Kara’s (@karakabangpow) 1978 R100/7 she named Zerhilde. This picture was taken the second it rolled into the driveway. She knew what bike she wanted, found a great example of it online and we went and got it. I ...

BMW Model History: The Complete Book of BMW Motorcycles

If you’ve been into classic motorcycles for any length of time, you’ve undoubtedly come across Ian Falloon’s work. A prolific researcher and chronicler of things two-wheeled — particularly German and Italian — Falloon’s books have earned a deserved reputation for accuracy and ...

1943 BMW R75

Country: GermanyEngine: Air-cooled transverse twin cylinder four-strokeIgnition: MagnetoPower rating: 26bhp @4,000rpmBore x stroke: 78 x 78mmDisplacement: 745ccValves: Overhead, pushrod activatedFuel system: Single Graetzin Sa 24/1 carburetorTransmission: 4-speed and reverse, 3-speed and ...

Bob Wakeman’s BMW /2 Conversion

Bob Wakeman’s BMW Slash 2 conversion uses the drivetrain from a 1980s R65.Photo courtesy Doug WakemanRider: Bob Wakeman, Placerville, California Age: 86 Occupation: Retired mechanic/machinist Current rides: 1984 BMW R80ST, 1981 BMW R65, 1954 BMW R67/3, BMW R65 conversion, 1981 BMW R100RT ...

Tune Up a BMW /5 Airhead Engine

Last time, we showed you how to adjust the valves on a BMW /5 airhead twin. Valve adjustment is the first step in a comprehensive tune up, followed by replacing the ignition points, spark plugs, air filter, and setting timing. While replacing ignition points and setting ignition timing can be a ...

Adjust the Valves on BMW /5 Airhead Engines

If you own any one of BMW’s /5 twins from the Seventies you’re in good company, because when it comes to basic maintenance, few motorcycles are easier to work on. Simple and robust, they’ve become the poster child for sound German engineering.Yet, like any machine, they require routine ...

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