Well, it's nice to see the quotes on the internet that the 1980 r65 was the "worst BMW ever made", LOL, but usually there's the added comment "but still pretty good. Shot of the bike, seat is perfect, which is nice, frames there for side panniers, but they are long gone, not sure if it's possible to find them used. Frames are rusty but salvageable. Hmm, I'm mostly used to vbulletin templates for forums, I don't see a button to pre-attach links so I can insert them inline, I guess I'll leave them as thumbnails for now.
Second shot shows tank damage, what a damn shame, inside of tank looks good, too, no rust, just a bit of tarnish/varnish on it. My buddy DT who is helping me said sometimes you can put air pressure in them and pop them out, but the design of these tanks aren't good for that, it would probably split the seams before it popped the dent. He's apparently more familiar than BMWs than I thought, he also knew that the carbs are right and left handed, and parts should be kept separate. Said if it can't be pulled out with cups, maybe drill holes and pull it out, then braze shut. Hate to sound like a broken record, LOL, but what a shame.
Front shot, drop (or more likely he was dumb enough to move it laying on it's side) also shifted fairing and bent turn signal, but doesn't look hard to straighten. Rash on other side was there already, and engine guard on that side is bent a bit also, but it did it's job, stopped 1/2 from jugs. Windshield was missing already, but other than the windshield and side panniers, it looks like everything is there.
Wow, that's not a reflection in next pic, that's a pile of aluminum oxide in intake to carbs, hard to believe it could accumulate like that. It amazed me that other than a throttle cable nipple at the carbs, no fasteners were froze up, everything came apart nice, even where there were dissimilar metals. Even the battery box bolts under the battery backed off easy, a real miracle.
The mice had a regular hotel in the airbox, hope they found a new home, LOL.
Well, here's the shopping list so far, just the basics, any suggestions for sources appreciated: 1 throttle cable, oil filter, 2 intake boots, carb kit, manual (Haynes, Clymer, or BMW best?), master cylinder kit (Locked solid), air filter. Battery, gas line, and spark plugs I can get local.
I was going to restore my 1978 CB750K this winter, but it's a fine daily driver, so it will have to wait now. BTW, I only paid $300 for this, plus a junk Kaw CSR305 someone farmer welded trying to make a chopper out of, that I can part out, so I think I did OK