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R60/5 Restoration

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R60/5 Project

The story begins with a customer’s first BMW, a white 1972 R60/5 in good shape and well loved.

Often ridden around California with friends, to coffee shops, through canyon roads. This initial purchase lead to a budding affection for BMW airheads...

The interest in acquiring more airheads lead to this customer to MAX BMW, in particular, to two motorcycles listed on our website. Another 1972 drew the customer’s interest, this time an R75/5 in the now-popular “Scrambler” styling. Who could ignore the classic styling and handsome good looks of a /2? In addition to the R75/5, the customer also purchased a 1968 R60US.

When the customer learned MAX BMW was responsible for all the mechanical and cosmetic work on both the motorcycles he had purchased, he reached out to MAX BMW South Windsor general manager, Don Garneau. The customer was so happy with the two bikes he had acquired, his thoughts turned to his R60/5. Could MAX BMW do a mechanical restoration on his well-loved R60/5?

Thanks to BMW Motorrad’s continuous availability of heritage parts, and the expertise of MAX BMW technicians and management, we were able to help this customer with the restoration of their bike. The bike began its long journey from California to South Windsor, Connecticut. 

What began as a compression test and evaluation with a formal estimate for mechanical restoration, quickly became more involved, as the customer’s vision shifted from mechanical work to a full “museum quality” restoration, with multiple fuel tanks. After some discussion on the intricacies of the project, we began work. The motorcycle was stripped of all controls, wiring, electrics, the motor, transmission, wheels, and then separated into categories. The final drive, frame, bracketry all went out for powder coat. The tanks, fenders, headlight bucket, and small miscellaneous parts were sent to paint, and later pin striping. The factory hubs, air pump, gearbox, engine cover, and airbox were media blasted for cleaning and refinishing.

After the refinishing, the real labor began. What is a museum quality restoration without a fresh mill? A valve job, cylinder hone, fresh rings, a new timing chain, and a rocker arm rebuild all took place at the MAX BMW Machine Shop at the New Hampshire location, before being sent back to South Windsor. The gearbox was also completely rebuilt in-house, with fresh seals and bearings.

The final result is one MAX BMW is incredibly proud of.

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