Lot 115 - 1974 12866 R90/S
|Odometer reading||74,000 miles|
|Estimate||£5,000 - £7,000|
|Result||Sold - £4,256|
The BMW R90S was produced by BMW between 1973 and 1976 and the first United States AMA Superbike Championship was won in 1976 by British rider Reg Pridmore on a R90S. Fitted with a type 247 engine, otherwise known as an airhead, the engine is an OHV, two valve per 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 R90S sported 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. The bike also boasted an adjustable hydraulic steering damper activated via a knob located on the steering head.
This imposing 900cc, R90S was subject to a restoration in 2007 by its former keeper with the only non standard feature being up rated to Dell'Orto carburetors rather than the original Bing units offering a higher compression. Having restored the motorcycle, the current vendor bought this from him in late 2007 and has since kept this imposing example as part of a static collection to preserve the bike and the work undertaken. A book full of receipts and bills accompany its restoration and on further inspection, later history can be found by the way of an original note book kept by the owner from 1978 until 1987 detailing services undertaken and maintenance carried out. This shows plenty of due care and attention which coupled with the restoration brings this BMW to sale in very good order.
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