FS: 1976 BMW R90S -70,845 - DEAL PENDING

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FS: 1976 BMW R90S – 4990043 – 70,845 – DEAL PENDING

The legendary R90S, such a rich history for BMW.  Considered by most to be the first Superbike, two R90S bikes placed first and second at the very first AMA Superbike race at Daytona International Speedway in 1976. On the first place bike was Steve McLaughlin and on the second was Reg Pridmore. The first United States AMA Superbike Championship was won in 1976 by British rider Reg Pridmore on a R90S.

This gorgeous Daytona Orange example was purchased from famous restoration artist Mark Francois, he has won best European entry at Quail lodge multiple times with his famous BMW’s. Unfortunately time has not allowed this lovely machine to be enjoyed, less than 50 miles have been put on since resto work in 2019.    Seattle Used Bikes has been entrusted to find a good home this lovely machine.  If you have owned or ridden one of these, you won’t need much more of an explanation.  Come check out this near showroom new condition R90S very soon.

Here is what the owner shared with us;

“Miles show as 70k but this is essentially a brand new bike; have only had it a few months. I bought it from Mark Francois as a project of his; I did not own it before that. The total final sale price was for the bike and the work he did on it. It is a triple numbers matching, late ’76 bike. He does concourse level restorations, which include disassembling the entire bike and repainting frame and foundational parts, nickel-plating, etc. This is not a concourse level resto (frame is powdercoated vs painted, headers are original w/ patina, seat is Siebenrock, etc.– there are a lot of little things that aren’t concourse-ready, but are otherwise perfect for everyday riding and enjoyment that are still authentic and original. New switchgear, wiring, refinished instruments, including new quartz clock; new paint of course, new tires/tubes, new shocks.  There is a steering lock; the seat has a lock on it–but works without the key.  Engine is totally rebuilt, from cylinder to starter to fuel taps; new clutch and cables; new spokes laced to refinished hubs. I almost wish I’d had him put in a new odometer with 0 miles, but wanted to honor its prior life.”  There are a few items that are missing as a keen eye has already spotted.  There is no under seat tray, tool kit, pump or original owners manual.

Here is a MCN review form 2016;

No10 in RiDE’s list of icons is the BMW R90S.

Where did it come from?
Back in the early 1970s BMW suffered from a staid, sensible, beardy touring image. The R90S was a deliberate move to change that perception.

Based on the R75/5 and styled by Hans Muth, the R90S was the flagship of the /6 range, with the engine bored out to 898cc and making 67bhp at 7000rpm, with a new-for-1973 five-speed gearbox.

It was the first BMW with twin discs, had a unique bikini fairing and weighed just 200kg. Flat out, with the rider tucked behind that fairing, the R90S could top 125mph.

It was a real alternative to the superb Honda CB750 – although it cost
a lot more then the Japanese bike.

What changed? Very little, in the three years the R90S was made. The twin discs were drilled from 1974 to aid wet weather braking, and the crankshaft and main bearings were beefed up in 1975 to prevent flex at high revs. A kickstart was optional, the gearbox was  improved and the starter motor strengthened. The 1976 bikes had new crankcases, swingarm and calipers.

Why do people like it? It had traditional BMW quality – each bike was assembled by one technician. There was a truly unique airbrushed paint finish, the most popular blending from Daytona orange into smoke grey; they were all slightly different.

Cult rating 4/5 It succeeded in transforming BMW’s image, not just visually but through a return to sporting success, with excellent performances at Daytona and the Isle of Man TT races. Nowadays BMW are cool and the R90S is the coolest of them all. Much admired by BMW’s own designers, it was also the inspiration for the Roland Sands Concept 90 that paved the way for the hugely successful R nineT production bike. It has a magical mix of classic looks with modern performance and usability. Spares are available and prices solid.

The problem is… The only thing people complained about at the time was that the pinstriping on the first bikes was stuck on as opposed to being painted on, because the workers in the factory couldn’t get it straight enough.

Today the only problem with the R90S is finding £7000-£12,000 to buy one.

Without the R90S… There would have been no R100RS and consequently no S1000RR or possibly any of the world-beaters produced since the ’70s by a company energised by the R90S.

Credits cards accepted, up to $150 documentation fee may be charged
Seattle Used Bikes
4905 Aurora Ave N.
Seattle, WA 98103
dave @ seattleusedbikes.com
Closed Sun/Mon Find us on Facebook, Instagram and the Web

 

 

FS: 1976 BMW R90S -70,845 - DEAL PENDING

FS: 1976 BMW R90S -70,845 - DEAL PENDING Image

FS: 1976 BMW R90S – 4990043 – 70,845 – DEAL PENDING

The legendary R90S, such a rich history for BMW.  Considered by most to be the first Superbike, two R90S bikes placed first and second at the very first AMA Superbike race at Daytona International Speedway in 1976. On the first place bike was Steve McLaughlin and on the second was Reg Pridmore. The first United States AMA Superbike Championship was won in 1976 by British rider Reg Pridmore on a R90S.

This gorgeous Daytona Orange example was purchased from famous restoration artist Mark Francois, he has won best European entry at Quail lodge multiple times with his famous BMW’s. Unfortunately time has not allowed this lovely machine to be enjoyed, less than 50 miles have been put on since resto work in 2019.    Seattle Used Bikes has been entrusted to find a good home this lovely machine.  If you have owned or ridden one of these, you won’t need much more of an explanation.  Come check out this near showroom new condition R90S very soon.

Here is what the owner shared with us;

“Miles show as 70k but this is essentially a brand new bike; have only had it a few months. I bought it from Mark Francois as a project of his; I did not own it before that. The total final sale price was for the bike and the work he did on it. It is a triple numbers matching, late ’76 bike. He does concourse level restorations, which include disassembling the entire bike and repainting frame and foundational parts, nickel-plating, etc. This is not a concourse level resto (frame is powdercoated vs painted, headers are original w/ patina, seat is Siebenrock, etc.– there are a lot of little things that aren’t concourse-ready, but are otherwise perfect for everyday riding and enjoyment that are still authentic and original. New switchgear, wiring, refinished instruments, including new quartz clock; new paint of course, new tires/tubes, new shocks.  There is a steering lock; the seat has a lock on it–but works without the key.  Engine is totally rebuilt, from cylinder to starter to fuel taps; new clutch and cables; new spokes laced to refinished hubs. I almost wish I’d had him put in a new odometer with 0 miles, but wanted to honor its prior life.”  There are a few items that are missing as a keen eye has already spotted.  There is no under seat tray, tool kit, pump or original owners manual.

Here is a MCN review form 2016;

No10 in RiDE’s list of icons is the BMW R90S.

Where did it come from?
Back in the early 1970s BMW suffered from a staid, sensible, beardy touring image. The R90S was a deliberate move to change that perception.

Based on the R75/5 and styled by Hans Muth, the R90S was the flagship of the /6 range, with the engine bored out to 898cc and making 67bhp at 7000rpm, with a new-for-1973 five-speed gearbox.

It was the first BMW with twin discs, had a unique bikini fairing and weighed just 200kg. Flat out, with the rider tucked behind that fairing, the R90S could top 125mph.

It was a real alternative to the superb Honda CB750 – although it cost
a lot more then the Japanese bike.

What changed? Very little, in the three years the R90S was made. The twin discs were drilled from 1974 to aid wet weather braking, and the crankshaft and main bearings were beefed up in 1975 to prevent flex at high revs. A kickstart was optional, the gearbox was  improved and the starter motor strengthened. The 1976 bikes had new crankcases, swingarm and calipers.

Why do people like it? It had traditional BMW quality – each bike was assembled by one technician. There was a truly unique airbrushed paint finish, the most popular blending from Daytona orange into smoke grey; they were all slightly different.

Cult rating 4/5 It succeeded in transforming BMW’s image, not just visually but through a return to sporting success, with excellent performances at Daytona and the Isle of Man TT races. Nowadays BMW are cool and the R90S is the coolest of them all. Much admired by BMW’s own designers, it was also the inspiration for the Roland Sands Concept 90 that paved the way for the hugely successful R nineT production bike. It has a magical mix of classic looks with modern performance and usability. Spares are available and prices solid.

The problem is… The only thing people complained about at the time was that the pinstriping on the first bikes was stuck on as opposed to being painted on, because the workers in the factory couldn’t get it straight enough.

Today the only problem with the R90S is finding £7000-£12,000 to buy one.

Without the R90S… There would have been no R100RS and consequently no S1000RR or possibly any of the world-beaters produced since the ’70s by a company energised by the R90S.

Credits cards accepted, up to $150 documentation fee may be charged
Seattle Used Bikes
4905 Aurora Ave N.
Seattle, WA 98103
dave @ seattleusedbikes.com
Closed Sun/Mon Find us on Facebook, Instagram and the Web