This PROJECT BIKE is a terrific opportunity for success. It’s all there and just needs someone to put some of their time and talent into reviving it. We know there are many buyers who enjoy doing their own maintenance and restoration work. That’s what inspired us to begin offering PROJECT BIKEs in the first place. If you’re the kind of enthusiast who relishes the thrilling feeling when a bike finally comes together in running, ridable glory, you’ll recognize that with this PROJECT BIKE, you don’t have to look too far ahead to see the finish line. It is an AirHead, after all, an example of the timeless class of BMW Boxer Twins that were rightfully famous for their simplicity and ease of maintaining.
In its current state, this R65 PROJECT BIKE does not run. However, during our inspection/evaluation of it we jumped the bike and got it to start and idle (high – around 2,000 rpms), but firing fairly smoothly on both sides. So, it definitely needs a battery, a complete tuning, and some further work (see details below) to get this PROJECT BIKE back on the street, running well and safely.
As with all PROJECT BIKES, we want buyers to know as much as possible about the bike before making a purchase. We’ve nothing to hide and our only goal is that the new owner for each and every PROJECT BIKE feels they paid fairly and got a good, if not great value in the deal. We encourage people to call, schedule a time to meet with one of our sales advisors and inspect each machine in person so they fully understand all the positives as well as the potential downsides involved in the refurbishing process. We’re proud to have sold well over a hundred PROJECT BIKES since beginning the program some years ago. Our aim with these bikes — indeed, with all the bikes we sell — is exceptional customer satisfaction. By that measure, our PROJECT BIKES have proven to be an overwhelming success. We’ve even taken a few of them back in trade as good used bikes after their owners finished doing all the work and then enjoyed riding the bikes for a number of years.
Please take a moment to learn more about Bob’s PROJECT BIKE program and read our general disclaimer here: http://www.bobsbmw.com/new-motorcycles/project-bikes/.
Looking at the cosmetic side of things, there are no drastic problems with this R65, but a lot of minor issues. Basically that means you could go as far as you want to make it look almost new again — or, do nothing and simply ride it and enjoy its current “well-worn” look: the PROJECT BIKE without shame. It appears that there was some do-it-yourself paint work done in the past. Some extra black paint was applied to the cylinders, the frame has been powder coated, and other touch-ups were made in several locations throughout the bike. While the paint on the tank may be original, the white pinstripes are definitely not; they are tape. There is some evidence of tip-over dings and bruises, but no indication the bike was ever crashed.
Here’s further information about the mechanical condition of this PROJECT BIKE. When we had it in our shop for evaluation, we adjusted the valves, set the timing, synchronized the carbs, and then tested compression at 110 psi in the left cylinder, 85 psi in the right. But while setting the timing we realized that someone — evidently not a properly trained mechanic — had been inside the motor before and reassembled things incorrectly. The cylinders are out of time with the flywheel, so that when the flywheel indicates top-dead-center, the pistons are in fact at bottom-dead-center. This fault will need to be fixed in order for the bike to run properly, and that means pulling the transmission and flywheel, installing the flywheel correctly, and reassembling. In addition to what has been previously mentioned, the carbs probably need rebuilding, the alternator rotor should be replaced, and worn brake components should be replaced. It has Koni shocks but they too appear to be worn past their prime. All of this means that, while a fair amount of work needs be done, most all of the service this PROJECT BIKE requires is pretty simple — more about labor (of love) than parts, and someone with moderate skills and experience could undertake the job confidently.
The bike has original saddlebag mounting brackets and luggage rack. It comes with two keys, but no tool kit or owner’s manual. To learn more about this PROJECT BIKE and to arrange a time to see it for yourself, contact one of our BMW Sales Advisors today!