Thanks for signing me up. Found a 1985 R65 with panniers (see photo). Bit of an impulse buy, and probably paid too much, but it sure is giving me some fun. First BMW and first shaft drive after Japanese and Italian all my life.
Don't know what it is but there is something about this bike that makes me smile. Hard to put a finger on what it is but you know what it's like when something seems just right. It's under-powered for sure and not going to win any races, although it will scoot along well if I try. Lovely clutch and gearbox and the low centre of gravity is nice.
My pride and joy is a 1974 Ducati 750, but I now find myself getting out on the R65 more than I do on that, and that's not something Ducati riders would believe.
After fixing a few problems that might have been easier had I looked here first, it's all sorted and running well. Looks like my issues were all common ones - stripped rocker cover centre stud threads in the head, badly galled and stuck exhaust flanges, inaccurate and erratic tach, and a leaking carb plug on the top cap. And a few more. The disappearing drive shaft oil had me worried but that seems to settle at about 110mL and I've seen enough people say don't worry about that.
Maintenance seems generally easy compared to what I'm used to, but I have scratched my head a few times about why things were done as they were. Anyway, I'll have a few questions later and I look forward to happy days on the bike. Greg