Many BMW enthusiasts attach great importance to the factory originality of their Bavarian steed. There are even those who are quite fundamentalist in their genuine love for the blue and white brand. And that group of BMW drivers, because please note: they usually drive seriously, sometimes throws back frantic foam at the sight of a BMW two-valve boxer that has been transformed into a scrambler, bobber, café racer or whatever imaginative.
Now we are at it Auto Motor Klassiek people with virtually no prejudice. So when we see such a BMW pimped to personal taste, we just look at the case with neutral curiosity. There is no arguing about taste, but it is quite possible to deliver good and beautiful work. In our experience, most of those hybrid BMWs too often prove that the builder had too little budget and technical knowledge. And from that angle you understand the cry / reaction of a hard core BMW driver: “Another good motorcycle screwed up!”
We can imagine that. Although all that renovation has the plus that it results in a mild flow of original and cheap 'BMW Originalteile'. Because if such a Divine builder decides that there should be Chinese bark pipes under his creation and that he therefore discards a set of neat original mufflers for 50 euros? We know someone who enjoys it.
Top quality as standard
Meanwhile, the BMW / 5 / 7's were of course incredibly good and stylish engines. If you compare their quality to the new BMWs with all their recalls and 'because it is possible' electronics then it should be a clear choice: 'do the old one'.
The BMW R75 / 5 started life with 50 hp. Because the Bavarian men with square foreheads had it scientifically figured out: For use on public roads, 50 DIN horsepower is the safe maximum. And we saw proof of this in the Ardennes last year. The R75 / 6, riding in a group of modern motorcycles, was able to keep up with the fast boys. In the evening the owner played a soothing tapered cigarette on a terrace: “Oh well, they are busy with it. I just drive at full throttle all the time. ” Easy.
Optimal parts supply
Also outside of the stuff that comes from renovation projects, the parts supply of a two-valve boxer is quite good. The maintenance and key convenience is optimal. Only Guzzi V twin riders have to bend less when adjusting valves.
The R50 / is bubbling under
Of course, according to the purest Dutch tradition, 'A heavy you are true'. But in the meantime, there are also smarts who appreciate the under-motorized and undervalued R50s. And in that context, there are two things true: There is absolutely no gait in an R50, but on revs he walks through the smaller bouncing masses of his pistons nicer than the fat ones in the family. And they are also cheaper.
Leave it nice and original
If you look at such an old boxer from a terrace, then you can only conclude one thing: Rebuilding a BMW two-valve boxer is indeed a pity. These machines are so well thought out, and so beautiful in a sober way, that you have to come from a very good house to make them better or more beautiful. And luckily those people are there too.
But an ordinary experienced Boxer? It deserves to be kept technically and optically in any case. Even if he is not quite the way he came out of the showroom. Like the white R100 that a whole bunch of Tour de Frances has driven.
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