Lot 167 - 1974 12866 R90/S

Lot 167 - 1974 12866 R90/S

Lot 167 - 1974 12866 R90/S

Lot Number 167
Chassis Number 4070543
Engine Number 4070543
Odometer reading 3 miles
Estimate £6,000 - £9,000
Result Sold - £5,600

Produced by BMW between 1973 and 1976, the BMW R90S was the first United States AMA Superbike Championship winner in 1976 with a British rider Reg Pridmore. Fitted with a type 247 engine, otherwise known as an airhead, the engine is an OHV, two valve/cylinder, air-cooled flat-twin, or 'boxer' engine. The first series of R90S sported a distinctive two tone paintwork called 'TT silberrauch' or 'TT smoke silver' with adhesive gold pinstripes which later changed to hand painted pinstripes. The R90/S came with a small but effective factory-fitted Bikini Fairing which held two dial instruments (clock and voltmeter) in addition to the normal instrument binnacle's speedometer and tachometer. It also boasted an adjustable hydraulic steering damper activated via a knob located on the steering head. The bike's visual design was overseen by Hans Muth who was asked by BMW to create a machine with a unique presence far removed from the staid image offered by previous BMW offerings.
 
This example was acquired by the vendor from S. Meyer GmbH of Hillesheim, Germany, after a total restoration by that company. The machine had been purchased by S.Meyer from customers of theirs prior to restoration. It was duly finished and returned home to the UK where it has formed part of a larger collection of BMW motorcycles. Whilst the engine and ancillaries have obviously been re-built, it not been used since and remains in excellent condition throughout.

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