The BMW R65 LS: the most beautiful miss

René Rooke
That's how BMW thought it was
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In the course of time, BMW has been a few times wrong when it came to assessing the market opportunities of a model. The futuristic K1 was a bridge too far and is only now starting to gain recognition. The good citizen brother of the GS, the slender R80 ST has not even come that far. The BMW R1981 LS presented in 65 had to give BMW that simmered in its reputation of being reliable, but boring, a hint of sportiness. Of course in the neat, but still ...

René Rooke adopted an abandoned BMW R65 LS

René Rooke is not a brand fanatic. He simply makes his choices to his own taste. And at one point he thought he was ready for ... A somewhat lighter engine. Thorough searching and thinking resulted in René deciding that his next engine should be a BMW R65 LS. And the search began ... He found his motorcycle at a somewhat sleepy motorcycle school. A bunch of BMWs were standing there. The LS was the motorcycle that the driving school owner had used for 'ladies driving lessons'.

In short: The BMW R65 LS was not in good shape externally and externally. And that was not only because members of the nicer modeled sex had driven it. The jok was worn out. Oh yes: René didn't like the ice blue color either.

In the February issue of AMK you can therefore read about the rebirth of what has become a very beautiful BMW R65 LS. Very moi, but not the full 100% factory original.
Because René has just a little too much wayward taste for that.

But his own input has made the engine more beautiful than BMW could have imagined.



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