In the mid 1970s, European motorcycle manufacturers were facing some increasingly tough competition from their Japanese rivals. The bikes that hailed from the far east were bigger, faster, sportier, and more appealing to the important US market.
In order to adapt, BMW brought to bear and introduced the R90/6, its largest bike to date in 1974. With a 898cc boxer twin, the R90/6 was capable of a top speed of 115 MPH and could achieve the ton much easier than the R75 it replaced. In addition, other improvements included a new front disc brake, new 5-speed transmission, individual instruments, and improved switch gear.
The R90/6 was also the first BMW without a kick starter. Push-button was all the rage. Although production ended in 1976, BMW sold over 21,000 units making it the most successful model to date. This was also reinforced by the motorcycling press at the time, earning it kudos from all corners as a powerful and great-handling bike.
Up for grabs is a cool resto-mod of a 1975 R90/6. With only 210 miles on a fresh rebuild, this badboy sports a bare-frame restoration with new seals, gaskets, rings, and valve job. A custom leather seat sits atop a trick coil-spring/shock rear frame that looks and feels better than stock. Setting it all off is a brand-spanking-new Glasurit silver metallic paint job on the tank with enamel emblems. This bike looks the business and has a starting bid of $9,800 on Ebay.
Engine: 898cc air-cooled, two valves per cylinder, horizontally-opposed twin
Mileage: 14,500 miles
Price: $9.800 starting bid
BMW R90/6 custom cafe racer bobber.
Newly built from the bare frame 1975 model. 900cc with 5-speed gearbox.
One of a kind custom bike completed 210 miles ago, fresh and ready for cross country run or around town or if you like mountain roads, ready for that too. Bike has a very low 14500 from new.
Very light and nimble bike with power to spare, cruise at an easy 80-90 mph or flick it around corners like a sport bike. Or use it as a display as it is an old new bike with everything gone through.
Starting with the bare frame all the components were individually rebuilt, restored or replaced.
The engine even though it has a very low 14500 total miles was opened to check for wear and tear, having all the seals and gaskets replaced, new piston rings installed and a high performance valve job done, so no oil leaks and runs like new.
Gearbox had new seals installed together with new driveshaft boot and shifts all 5 gears as it should.
Pristine gas tank has had a new titanium silver metallic paint job with top quality Glasurit paint, super smooth and undamaged. It has installed new BMW steel-based enamel emblems, not the cheaper decal type emblems.
A custom leather seat was built on a specially made steel frame that operates on a coil spring/shock setup, very comfortable, better than stock.
The rear shocks are special air ride Fox shocks of top quality that provide a better ride than stock.
Custom made stainless steel front and rear fenders and custom brackets.
Wheels are 19″ front AND rear fitted with Coker brand vintage tread pattern 4.0-19 tires. New stainless steel spokes on both wheels.
Beautiful stock exhaust system keeps the noise at a very comfortable level, maintaining the great original sound and looks great, with very nice chrome and no dents, solid.
Fitted is a digital speedometer that shows oil pressure warning and turn signal and neutral warning.
Custom taillight and license plate bracket. Headlight is stock Bosch H4 halogen.
Custom turn signals.
Bike looks and runs perfectly and is super reliable as BMWs are.
If you are looking for a one of a kind, reliable, cool bike then this bike is it.