1995 was the last year of production for what many BMW enthusiasts, and now numerous collectors, consider the best looking and performing standard Airhead ever designed and built by BMW. (The term “Airheads” refers to all air-cooled models made from 1923 to 1995.) These striking machines get extra high marks from the Airhead community as well, and a scant few become available each year. BMW built the R100R starting in 1992 (silver frame and single disc) and ending in 1995 (black frames and dual discs) on the best chassis ever designed in this time frame for the air-cooled twins. The production numbers were intentionally low every year, consumer demand high, and sales strong, selling out every year in 1992, 1993, 1994 and the majority of the 1995s were sold well before arrival at dealerships.
As one of the very last bikes produced, and furthermore, as one in a special run of 40 extra machines (ask Bob about this) in December of 1995, this R100R was sold new at Lindner Cycles (now closed) in New Cannan, Connecticut, in March of 1996 having arrived just 3 weeks earlier. By VIN, it is just ten bikes away from the last R100R ever built — Bob’s bike in the crate is # 280929 — a fact that should that make it even more special to the next owner. These facts and those you are about to read make this a very rare and desirable offering indeed.
For what it might be worth, Bob owns four of these R100Rs, 1992 to 1995, plus an R100 Mystic; a collection which includes serial number 0001, and the very last R100R ever built which remains brand new and never removed from the original shipping crate. Another example, which is not on display in our Vintage BMW Motorcycle Museum, is one of the BMWs he enjoys riding to work or just for fun and is a cosmetic and year match to this fine offering. The sales team at Bob’s is highly knowledgeable about this machine but they’d be all too happy to get Bob to share some of the history of these models with you if you are seriously considering parking this one in your garage or adding it to your collection.
Of course, we went over this bike as closely as possible, starting with our detailed evaluation before handing it over to our skilled and certified BMW technicians for services and any upgrades called for by our team to make it the bike you now see. We also did a complete Maryland Safety Inspection and an extended test ride before handing it off to our professional detailer. We did everything we could to keep this bike as stock as possible once it was in our hands, so in addition to being a great bike to ride, it will also be a very correct and original example. Almost all of the superb cosmetics you see are still original as manufactured by BMW in Berlin, Germany, in 1995.
Clearly anyone interested can look over the photos to see how beautiful it is but you can’t hear it run unless you stop by Bob’s. And of course, most prospective buyers would like to know what we’ve done to go over this bike to bring it up to the highest possible standards that, in turn, will command a higher than average price tag. The list is long and the next paragraph is worth reading as there is always good value in buying a bike that has been fully serviced all along and currently freshened up and this bike arrived in really nice condition to begin with.
We’ve installed a new battery, taken it out for several test rides including one of extended duration to make sure everything works exceptionally well. We just rebuilt the carbs so that it operates at peak performance levels and idles beautifully. We’ve replaced a small number of rubber parts and a few pieces of hardware but most items had been attended to during the normal use of this machine prior to arrival at Bob’s by one of the past two owners, the last of which provided us with most all past receipts for maintenance done. We did renew the engine oil and filter (BMW parts of course) as that was the only item we felt should be done one more time. We also installed a fresh set of Metzeler Lasertec tires and perfectly balanced them after adding Nitrogen fill as is standard here at Bob’s.
When it arrived it was in very fine operational and cosmetic condition; now it runs like the proverbial scalded cat. It starts smoothly, shifts into all five gears easily, handles exactly as it should did on a very solid stock suspension, and stops smoothly and quickly. All the switches, gauges, instruments and lights work perfectly. It is a joy to ride and there will be few if any machines to compare to this one if you are seeking a truly classic BMW to ride that can go anywhere you desire.
It should also be noted that the bike arrived shortly after (within a few hundred miles and 2 years) it had enjoyed a full service by an independent BMW expert in Washington state; this included all fluids, all driveline spline lubrications, bearing services, new fork seals, valve adjustment, fresh fork oil and brake fluid with a full flush, new fuel lines and filters, new spark plugs and a new starter motor –an item which Bob can share he replaced is his R100R just 2 years earlier as well. That last service invoice before Bob’s BMW invested another almost $3,000 (including detailing) came to just shy of $1,800.
As for cosmetics, they are about 95% to 97% all original as this machine left the factory in Berlin over twenty years ago. And they are in really beautiful condition even judged against a new BMW. But with even 35,000 or so miles a few very small blemishes or scratches are to be expected. Our professional detailer did a superb job of doing a little touch up as would normally be expected before spending time focused on bringing out the maximum level of shine. You’ll be hard pressed to see the small mark on the front fender or the right side cover unless you get right on top of these items, but they are there.
Bob directed the service team and our painter to refinish two small but important items as we did for his 1995 R100R; these are the front turn signal mount covers. These are known for gaining stress cracks over time due to a flaw in the original BMW design. Bob decided that his stress cracks (in his turn signal covers!) were bothering him too so we had all four partially filled on the backside with fiberglass resin where there is roughly a ¼” deep cavity, this stiffened them up dramatically, after which a repaint makes them look like new again. This is impossible to see unless you are holding the part in your hand before installing it, and the paint quality is a perfect match to the OEM bodywork on the rest of this bike. The new owner will essentially see how this holds up down the road just as Bob will be.
Aside from that one can see a few very tiny scratches on the rear passenger grab rail which is basically the forward part of the luggage rack. There is also a very small rough spot on the underside of the left cylinder guard that you’ll need to be on your knees to see of run your bare hand over the chromed surface to feel it. There is also a very small blemish in one of the fins of the right side valve cover but again it’s pretty hard to see unless you’re down low or feeling it with your fingers. And the last small item of cosmetic note is that the muffler has a small area where the chrome has discolored on the end cap closest to the wheel – most won’t see this but it’s there.
The gas tank, frame and most all other surfaces are near immaculate and the seat is in exceptionally great condition (visually and functionally) for its 25 years but if you look very close you can see a little change in color on some areas. These wheels are some of the cleanest ones on any 1992 to 1995 R100 model we’ve seen at Bob’s in a very long time – no tire iron marks, nice clean aluminum surfaces and exceptionally bright spokes. Of note and not stock, are one small BMW logo along with three small, attractive domed nuts that more securely hold the dash panel in place over the factory mounting bracket beneath it.
The bike is mostly stock but comes with the factory saddlebag mounting brackets as they were offered when new plus a super clean, period correct set of BMW Integral cases or saddlebags that are key matched to the ignition, seat and fork locks. Chrome cylinder guards were also stock and these are in superb condition. There is a set of black Throttlemeister bar end weights of which the right side is a cruise control mechanism. It comes with multiple keys (as shown), the original factory owners and maintenance books with the original plastic case, Clymer and Haynes service manuals and a clean, complete original factory tool kit with original pouch sitting in the original tool tray. There’s a perfect factory decal on the top of tool tray along with matching decals on top of the rear fender. As an extra bonus, it has a set of BMW R100GS (same period accessory) handguards installed which can easily be removed in warm weather.
We feel confident that anyone with an eye as critical as Bob’s would rate this bike a 95 on a 100 scale on cosmetics and probably a 98 for the mechanical side; it’s perfect but not brand new. Similar to the last 1995 R100R we had a few years ago we don’t think it will be long before a new owner requests time to discuss this great opportunity along with a satisfying demo ride.